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Demonstration of an adaptable structure for architecture applications (HYPERMEMBRANE-DEMO)
Start date: Jan 1, 2014, End date: Jul 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The HyperMembrane consists on a system of a Physical and Digital elements that will allow a shape adaptable constructionsystem –and its procedure to put in shape- able to generate multiple and non-predetermined shapes, modifiable regardingto different spatial, solar or energetic requirements.- Physical HyperMembrane is an amazingly shape-adaptable selfsupportingstructure (roof, façade,…) able to stand in different equilibrium positions depending on the structure that the enduser needs. Its formal articulation is based on elastic properties of thermoplastic composites, the innovative shape of itsbeams and the different elongation of the connecting elements (so called actuators). The capacity for shape adaptation ofthis system is such that two slightly different applications are envisaged: static structures (for complex geometry curvedstructures) and mobile structures (for structures that change shape throughout the life of the building). This project proposalis only researching and developing the technology required for the first type of applications due to time and budgetrestrictions. However, the results of this project are crutial for the implementation of the second application.- DigitalHyperMembrane is the software for architectonic design that incorporates the code of the procedure to put theHyperMembrane in shape. It will enable to model the complex geometry structures that the PH is able to reproduce and willdeliver necessary position for each actuator in order to achieve the desired shape. The main research branches of theproject are concentrated under automatic structure design and modelization, composites for adaptable constructions andnew light and safe actuators for positioning and clamping the adaptable structure. The end-product will be tested onprototype specimens in a real architectonic structure erected in Barcelona.

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