A Methodology for Evaluating the Hygroscopic Behavior of Wood in Adaptive Building Skins using Motion Grammar

Rana El-Dabaa, Sherif Abdelmohsen

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Abstract

The challenge in designing kinetic architecture lies in the lack of applying computational design and human computer interaction to successfully design intelligent and interactive interfaces. The use of 'programmable materials' as specifically fabricated composite materials that afford motion upon stimulation is promising for low-cost low-tech systems for kinetic facades in buildings. Despite efforts to develop working prototypes, there has been no clear methodological framework for understanding and controlling the behavior of programmable materials or for using them for such purposes. This paper introduces a methodology for evaluating the motion acquired from programmed material - resulting from the hygroscopic behavior of wood - through 'motion grammar'. Motion grammar typically allows for the explanation of desired motion control in a computationally tractable method. The paper analyzed and evaluated motion parameters related to the hygroscopic properties and behavior of wood, and introduce a framework for tracking and controlling wood as a programmable material for kinetic architecture.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012011
JournalIOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering
Volume362
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 May 2018
Event2018 International Conference on Smart Engineering Materials - Bucharest, Romania
Duration: 7 Mar 20189 Mar 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)

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