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Thesis etd-11212016-151530


Thesis type
Tesi di laurea magistrale LM5
Author
CORIO, ELENA
URN
etd-11212016-151530
Thesis title
An innovative sail-shaped shelter for the Ancient Ships Archaeological Site of Pisa
Department
INGEGNERIA DELL'ENERGIA, DEI SISTEMI, DEL TERRITORIO E DELLE COSTRUZIONI
Course of study
INGEGNERIA EDILE-ARCHITETTURA
Supervisors
relatore Prof. Froli, Maurizio
relatore Dott. Cignoni, Paolo
relatore Dott. Pietroni, Nico
correlatore Ing. Laccone, Francesco
Keywords
  • reversible structures
  • reciprocal frame
  • particle-spring system
  • parametric design
  • form finding
  • digital fabrication.
  • cardan joints
  • buckling analysis
  • archeological shelters
  • timber grid shells
Graduation session start date
12/12/2016
Availability
Full
Summary
Reciprocal structures, or nexorade, are composed by the assembling of groups of three or more beams mutually connected by mono-lateral T joints in a way that any relative movement is suppressed. This kind of structures can be easily built in relatively unprepared sites, dismantled, transported and re-used even by not specialized hand-craft. For these reasons, reciprocal structures have been widely used in the past for military purposes, and nowadays they seem to satisfy very well the different requirements of a quick and temporary shelter of a large archaeological area when they are shaped as grid shells.
The thesis proposes the design of a reversible, reciprocal framed grid shell to shelter the archaeological site of the Roman Shipwrecks in Pisa. The structure must protect excavations and archaeologists from the weather and provide an easy access to visitors. Additionally, it must allow for easy disassembling and moving to another site.
The design choices aim at optimizing both structural efficiency and aesthetic qualities. A parametric workflow for both the form finding and the digital fabrication processes has been developed, and a prototype of accommodative steel T-joint for timber reciprocal beams has been realized. Finally, a model using laser cutting tested the structural feasibility of such a design approach.
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