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Origami Inspired Shelter

Origami Inspired Shelter

For military and disaster relief housing, rapidly deployable shelters must be lightweight, be packaged in a small volume for transportability, and be erected without heavy lifting equipment. A critical design criterion is also energy efficiency in heating and cooling. To meet these priorities, the research team has utilized origami as inspiration for a thermally insulated rigid wall deployable shelter that can be erected manually through counterweighting. To enhance energy efficiency, improvements in the shape of a structure (i.e., member lengths and angles) at a design stage can lead to savings throughout its lifecycle. This is magnified in the context of mass-production of deployable shelters, where any improvements are multiplied. Structural efficiency is also critical to achieve lightweight design. This paper presents a multiobjective shape optimization methodology which balances the priorities of structural performance (i.e., minimum deflections) and energy efficiency (i.e., minimum thermal energy load).

Origami Inspired Shelter

Origami Inspired Shelter

Origami Inspired Shelter

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