id 
ecaade2016_011 
authors 
Vella, Irina Miodragovic and Kotnik, Toni 
year 
2016 
title 
Geometric Versatility of Abeille Vault  A Stereotomic Topological Interlocking Assembly 
source 
Herneoja, Aulikki; Toni Österlund and Piia Markkanen (eds.), Complexity & Simplicity  Proceedings of the 34th eCAADe Conference  Volume 2, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland, 2226 August 2016, pp. 391397 
wos 
WOS:000402064400038 
summary 
The Abeille flat vault, patented at the end of 17th century, consists of identical ashlars arranged in a wovenlike pattern that generates their interlocking mutual support. In recent years, the availability of digital design and fabrication tools has caused new interest in the Abeille vault. Several studies investigate the interlocking principles through their application onto nonplanar assemblies. This paper is a is a more systematic exploration into the underlying geometric interdependencies behind interlocking principles. It approaches the Abeille vault as a topological interlocking assembly (TIA), an assembly where basic identical elements of a special shape are arranged in such a way that the whole structure can be held together by boundary constraint, while locally the elements are kept in place by kinematic constrains imposed through the shape and mutual arrangement of the elements. The paper looks at the full potential of the Abeille vault application and studies the relation between the surface geometry and TIA 
keywords 
stereotomy; Abeille vault; topological interlocking 
series 
eCAADe 
email 
irina.miodragovicvella@um.edu.mt 
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