Design space of modular slab systems with discrete stiffness distribution and irregular column layout

Muresan, Alex (School of Engineering and Architecture (HEIA-FR), HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland ; SXL, Structural Xploration Lab, EPFL Fribourg, Switzerland) ; Brütting, Jan (SXL, Structural Xploration Lab, EPFL Fribourg, Switzerland) ; Cañada, Javier (SXL, Structural Xploration Lab, EPFL Fribourg, Switzerland) ; Redaelli, Dario (School of Engineering and Architecture (HEIA-FR), HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) ; Fivet, Corentin (SXL, Structural Xploration Lab, EPFL Fribourg, Switzerland)

A known challenge of modular structural systems is to avoid the oversizing of its elements while allowing a wide variety of spatial layouts. Considering any given floor outline and the availability of square slab elements with three discrete bending and shear stiffness, this paper explores: 1) the minimal geometric and topological rules that ensure a positioning of columns satisfying serviceability requirements; and 2) for a given satisfying positioning of columns, the distribution of slab elements that minimizes the overall weight of the system. This study is part of a larger project aimed at developing a highly flexible floor system whose element dimensions do not constrain the positioning of the columns nor the shape of the floor plan. Hence, the structural system could be adapted over time to changing architectural needs.


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Conference Type:
full paper
Faculty:
Ingénierie et Architecture
School:
HEIA-FR
Institute:
iTEC - Institut des technologies de l'environnement construit
Subject(s):
Ingénierie
Publisher:
Boston, USA, 16-20 July 2018
Date:
2018-07
Boston, USA
16-20 July 2018
Pagination:
8 p.
Published in:
Proceedings of the IASS symposium 2018, creativity in structural design, 16-20 July 2018, MIT, Boston, USA
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