Project

Integrated analysis and experimental verification of Kinematic Form Active Structures (KFAS) for architectural applications

Duration
01 January 2012 → 31 December 2017
Funding
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Architectural design
    • Architecture
    • Art studies and sciences
    • Interior architecture
  • Engineering and technology
    • Architectural engineering
    • Architecture
    • Interior architecture
    • Design theories and methods
    • Mechanics
    • Other mechanical and manufacturing engineering
Keywords
kinematics tent structures coated fabrics
 
Project description

The present research proposal studies Kinematic Form Active Structures (KFAS). KFAS are reconfigurable lightweight structures usually covered with technical textiles. When implemented as a building skin these systems can control day lighting, shading, ventilation and so on and hence contribute to sustainable building.

A major challenge for the design, analysis, optimisation and construction of KFAS, is the study of their geometric compatibility, pre-tension, curvature and hence stiffness and stability during all phases of deployment. This research project proposes to study the structural behaviour - in initial, intermediate and final position.