Fibrous Dimensions | Robotically Woven Structures

Related Staff : Christian Lange

Student: Leung Ka Chi

This thesis focused on the possibilities of carbon fiber as a structural element. It aimed at reducing the potential hazard brought by the deficient structures after earthquakes by capitalizing on the lightweight and fibrous nature of carbon fiber.

The thesis departed from the fibrous system as an enclosure in the four architectural elements suggested by Gottfried Semper in 1851. By understanding the limitations of the interwoven network of fibrous materials, this investigation was to challenge it to be a structural medium than merely a building envelope.

Carbon fiber has been commonly used in the automobile and aircraft industries since the 1980s, but rarely used in architectural construction due to the cost and scale. With the aid of digital simulation and robotic fabrication, the thesis investigated the articulation of carbon fiber to achieve higher structural stability for architecture.

The investigation of carbon fiber as a structural element consisted of several stages. It began with the testing of the thread pattern in both digital and handcrafted ways, followed by the prototyping of the looms as the medium of the woven structure. Lastly, analog and robotic fabrication were implemented as the method of achieving the high weight-to-strength thread structure.

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