Analysis of Hygroscopic Self-Shaping Wood at Large Scale for Curved Mass Timber Structures

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Year of Publication
2019
Topic
Design and Systems
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Author
Grönquist, Philippe
Wood, Dylan
Hassani, Mohammad
Wittel, Falk
Menges, Achim
Rüggeberg, Markus
Organization
ETH Zurich
University of Stuttgart
Publisher
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Year of Publication
2019
Format
Journal Article
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Topic
Design and Systems
Keywords
Moisture Content
Architecture
Self-Shaping
Research Status
Complete
Series
Science Advances
Summary
The growing timber manufacturing industry faces challenges due to increasing geometric complexity of architectural designs. Complex and structurally efficient curved geometries are nowadays easily designed but still involve intensive manufacturing and excessive machining. We propose an efficient form-giving mechanism for large-scale curved mass timber by using bilayered wood structures capable of self-shaping by moisture content changes. The challenge lies in the requirement of profound material knowledge for analysis and prediction of the deformation in function of setup and boundary conditions. Using time- and moisture-dependent mechanical simulations, we demonstrate the contributions of different wood-specific deformation mechanisms on the self-shaping of large-scale elements. Our results outline how to address problems such as shape prediction, sharp moisture gradients, and natural variability in material parameters in light of an efficient industrial manufacturing.
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