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Vol. 54 (2013) No. 4 December n. 178


Tsuboi Proceedings Award Paper for 2012: Stuttgart Smartshell - A Full Scale Propotype of an Adaptive Shell Structure

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  • Journal Name: Journal of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (J. IASS)
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 1996-9015
  • ISSN: (Print Version) 1028-365X
  • Issue: Vol. 54 (2013) No. 4 December n. 178
  • Pages: 259-270
  • Title: Tsuboi Proceedings Award Paper for 2012: Stuttgart Smartshell - A Full Scale Propotype of an Adaptive Shell Structure
  • Author(s): S. Neuhaeuser, M. Weickgenannt, C. Witte, W. Haase, O. Sawodny and W. Sobek
  • Keywords: shells; adaptive structures; wood structures; digital fabrication; full-scale prototype
Abstract
The paper discusses the construction of the world’s first full-scale prototype of an adaptive shell structure. The 10 m x 10 m double-curved structure, consisting of a multi-layer wood laminate, has three freely positionable supports. High-speed, real-time positioning of the supports allows for the manipulation of stress fields within the shell as well as of vibrations and deformations of the structure. The paper focuses on the potentials of adaptivity for shell structures and the construction process of the prototype.

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