A Computational Method for Tracking the Hygroscopic Motion of Wood to develop Adaptive Architectural Skins

Sherif Abdelmohsen, Passaint Massoud, Rana El-Dabaa, Aly Ibrahim, Tasbeh Mokbel

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Abstract

Low-cost programmable materials such as wood have been utilized to replace mechanical actuators of adaptive architectural skins. Although research investigated ways to understand the hygroscopic response of wood to variations in humidity levels, there are still no clear methods developed to track and analyze such response. This paper introduces a computational method to analyze, track and store the hygroscopic response of wood through image analysis and continuous tracking of angular measurements in relation to time. This is done through a computational closed loop that links the smart material interface (SMI) representing hygroscopic response with a digital and tangible interface comprising a Flex sensor, Arduino kit, and FireFly plugin. Results show no significant difference between the proposed sensing mechanism and conventional image analysis tracking systems. Using the described method, acquiring real-time data can be utilized to develop learning mechanisms and predict the controlled motion of programmable material for adaptive architectural skins.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputing for a better tomorrow
EditorsAnetta Kepczynska-Walczak, Sebastian Bialkowski
PublisherEducation and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe
Pages253-262
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9789491207167
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event36th International Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe 2018 - Łódź, Poland
Duration: 19 Sept 201821 Sept 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe
Volume2
ISSN (Print)2684-1843

Conference

Conference36th International Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe 2018
Abbreviated titleeCAADe 2018
Country/TerritoryPoland
CityŁódź
Period19/09/1821/09/18

Keywords

  • Adaptive architecture
  • Hygroscopic properties of wood
  • Programmable materials
  • Real-time tracking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Education
  • Architecture

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