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id acadia15_095
authors Tam, Kam-Ming Mark; Mueller, Caitlin T.
year 2015
title Stress Line Generation for Structurally Performative Architectural Design
source ACADIA 2105: Computational Ecologies: Design in the Anthropocene [Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) ISBN 978-0-692-53726-8] Cincinnati 19-25 October, 2015), pp. 95-109
summary Principal stress lines, which are pairs of orthogonal curves that indicate trajectories of internal forces and therefore idealized paths of material continuity, naturally encode the optimal topology for any structure for a given set of boundary conditions. Although stress line analysis has the potential to offer a direct, and geometrically-provocative approach to optimization that can synthesize both design and structural objectives, its application in design has generally been limited due to the lack of standardization and parameterization of the process for generating and interpreting stress lines. Addressing these barriers that limit the application of the stress line methods, this paper proposes a new implementation framework that will enable designers to take advantage of stress line analysis to inform conceptual structural design. Central to the premise of the research proposal is a new conception of structurally-inspired design exploration that does not impose a singular solution, but instead allows for the exploration of a diverse high-performance design space in order to balance the combination of structural and architectural design objectives.
keywords Topological Optimization, Structural Optimization, Conceptual Structural Design, Principal Stress Lines, Principal Stress Directions, Optimal Structures, Interdisciplinary Design
series ACADIA
type normal paper
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