Using lightweight coated fabrics in architectural engineering allows for the creation of unique structures spanning great distances with a minimum of material.
The mechanical behaviour of these structural fabric materials greatly depends on several intrinsic parameters like the fibre material, weave density/type, fibre count, etc. Not only does this make these materials very complex from an engineering point of view, it also means that it could be possible to influence the mechanical behaviour by altering the material’s intrinsic design.
Within the proposed research, the goal is to leverage this link between material design and the resulting mechanical behaviour, ultimately allowing engineers to not only design the overall structure, but also the material. Through the development of an integrated computational framework, a novel workflow for designing fabric structures is created where the interaction between the structural behaviour and the various material design parameters is considered,
allowing the adaptation of the material’s design in function of the structural behaviour or other boundary conditions.
The outcome of this research consists of a methodology allowing the analysis of fabric structures while considering materials where e.g. fibre orientation and density vary depending on the material’s stress state. The feasibility of manufacturing such a material will be kept in mind and the potential of using robotic fabrication methods will be investigated.
Short titleOZR opvangmandaat
Effective start/end date1/10/1930/09/20

    Research areas

  • materials, wind engineering

    Flemish discipline codes

  • Destructive and non-destructive testing of materials

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