Computational Slab Panelization

Work from Timber Morphology's Panelization Team

A new slab panelization strategy was developed for the ICD’s multi-directional hollow slab system. Through this method, it is ensured that the panels can be placed on regular and irregular arrays of columns. Multiple factors influence the outlining and detailing of panels such as size limitations, structural performance, and assembly sequences.

The strategy consist on the following processes:

  1. Axis Placement: A pill-packing algorithm is used for evenly distributing the slab’s longitudinal axis
  2. Outline Placement: A line Vornoi diagram is used to generate curved outlines. These are post-processed into linear polygons
  3. "Rectangularization": The panel outlines are dynamically pushed to their fabrication space limits to reduce offcuts in panels
  4. Structural analysis: Each panel is ranked from lower to higher deflection
  5. Topology and Sequencing: Connection types are calculated and their assembly order established according to deflection ranks
  6. Joint generation: The stepped joints of the system are generated according to the assembly order and modeled for fabrication
Office
Materials
Timber
Team
Alan Eskildsen Michel, Michael Gosk
Client
Location
Stuttgart, Germany
Year
2020-2021
Area
Status
Course
ITECH Studio I and II
Professors
Prof. Achim Menges, Prof. Dr. Jan Knippers
Tutors
Luis Orozco, Hana Svatos-Raznjevic, Anna Krtschil, Gregor Neubauer
Institutes
ICD (Institute for Computational Design and Construction), ITKE (Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design)
University / Institution
Universität Stuttgart
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Academic
Agent-Based-Modeling
Computational-Design
Construction-Systems
Design-Exploration
FEM-Analysis
Optimization
Python-Scripting
Research
Timber-Construction
Spatial-Structures
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