Research

Compliant Architecture – A design framework for kinetic bending active architectural applications

Until now kinetic and adaptive building systems are mostly utilised by rigid components or flexible membranes, guided along straight translation axis or rotational movements – resulting in geometrical constraints.

The high mechanical complexity, as well as the tendency to complex building geometries in contemporary architectural design make it valid to investigate compliant mechanisms as alternative solutions of adaptive building systems which achieve their flexibility by controlled elastic deformation of flexible members with locally defined stiffness.

The main advantages of compliant mechanisms are the reduction of parts and the adaptability to complex and double curved geometries. The aim of this research is the establishment of a design framework for compliant mechanism for adaptive architectural functionality, ranging from small scale to large scale large scale applications

The aim of this research is the establishment of a design framework for compliant mechanism for adaptive architectural functionality, ranging from small scale to large scale large scale applications. It involves investigations about suitable materialisation, dependent on scale and specific compliant functionality. The work is structured into three primary objectives:

  1. Classification and categorisation of compliant mechanism.
  2. Principles of Folding for amplification of initial actuation movements.
  3. Investigation of possibilities to change directions of curvature during movements.

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