La Voûte De LeFeVre

la Voûte de leFeVre:
a Variable-Volume compression-only Vault


Particle-spring systems are commonly used to develop compression-only form-finding systems. This paper by Brandon Clifford and Wes McGee proposes to use a particle-spring system in response to a desired form in order to generate a variable-volume, compression-only structure fabricated  of volumetric material.

By varying the depth and the volume of the system, loads can be re-directed through the depth of material in order to result in a desired form, as opposed to a structurally optimal form that assumes a uniform thickness approach.

This paper proposes to generate, build, and test a compression-only vault composed of variable-volume units. This research will advance knowledge surrounding volumetric physics calculations as well as volumetric fabrication methodologies.

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