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

01 January 2012 → 31 December 2017
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
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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.