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IASS 2016 Tokyo Symposium: Spatial Structures in the 21st Century


IASS Symposium 2016

SESSION: Conceptual Design

HyparActive: A Design Exploration Tool for Multi-segment HyPar Shells

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  • Proceedings Name: IASS 2016 Tokyo Symposium: Spatial Structures in the 21st Century
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 2518-6582
  • Session: Conceptual Design
  • Pages: 10
  • Title: HyparActive: A Design Exploration Tool for Multi-segment HyPar Shells
  • Author(s): Winston Davis, Tyler Sprague, Brian Johnson
  • Keywords: conceptual design, concrete shells, education, form finding, hyperbolic paraboloid, morphology, parametric design, performance analysis, prefabrication, simulation
Abstract
Shell structures may offer efficient solutions to contemporary design problems, but designer familiarity with them has been in decline. Modern fabrication techniques have rekindled interest, but it is hampered by the difficulty of balancing form manipulation and structural analysis concerns. In this paper we describe HyparActive, a software tool developed specifically to help designers explore shells during conceptual design. HyparActive provides simple 3D form-manipulation tools and visual FEA feedback in the same digital model. The tool allows users to define, manipulate and visualize a parametric form consisting of multiple hyperbolic paraboloid (hypar) shell segments. The quick feedback means the designer can interactively explore how form and stress distributions interact, informing design decisions and enhancing their design "intuition." This research project investigates the challenges of developing an interactive modeling tool and the benefits of including performance analysis in the conceptual design phase.

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