reinforced fibers

Category: robotic
Location: barcelona, spain
year: 2019
status: Finished

The Reinforced Fibers project focused on topology optimization of the slab. Through means of computational design, the goal was to remove the maximum amount of material, while maintaining structural integrity.

The Reinforced Fiber workshop focuses on a traditional structural detail of a slab supported by a beam and column system. With the implementation of topology optimization and computational design, this project aims to implement a traditional structure with a mesh topology optimization algorithm, while maintaining the same structural performances by removing as much material as possible. The optimization is possible with the use of computational design tools to help identify the key load-carrying parts in the structural system and optimized the material used in them by strengthening the stress-strain zones and deducting the neutral areas resulting in a lighter structure.

Load Condition

A static load of the structure is a vertical load that refers to the weight of its components, such as slabs, beams, and columns. Structural loads are an important consideration in the design of buildings. Loads imposed on structures are supported by tension and compression forces transmitted through structural elements.

Fabrication Strategy

On this load condition process, Millepede is used to ensure that the strength of the slabs, beams, and columns are adequate. The resultant design is fabricated by using a 3-axis milling machine on a timber section. Along the key stress lines, the grooves have been milled using the 6-axis robot. They have been filled with fiber resin as a reinforcement for the structure.