PolyFrame, Efficient Computation for 3D Graphic Statics

Andrei Nejur and Masoud Akbarzadeh

Abstract

In this paper, we introduce a structural form-finding plugin called PolyFrame for the Rhinoceros software. This plugin is developed based on the methods of 3D Graphic Statics and Polyhedral Reciprocal Diagrams. The computational framework of this plugin uses new robust and efficient algorithms for the creation and modification of complex funicular, compression-only structural forms and is freely available for students, designers, researchers, and practitioners in the fields of architecture, structural engineering, mechanical engineering, and material science. The geometry-based structural design methods are one of the most intuitive yet powerful structural design methods that have recently been extended to 3D based on the Principles of the Equilibrium of Polyhedral Frames. Still, the increased geometrical complexities of the polyhedral diagrams hinder more in-depth practical applications and the research in this field. The framework proposed in this paper can manage, in near real-time, the creation and transformation of reciprocal polyhedral diagrams with a large number of elements as form and force diagrams for structural design purposes. The paper also introduces a hybrid object-oriented data structure that extends and generalizes the previously proposed approaches and thus allows the users to incorporate a variety of different geometric constraints, including edge lengths and the location of the supports from the initial stages of design. Additionally, a new parallel manipulation algorithm is introduced that is capable of transforming polyhedral diagrams while preserving the edge directions and face normal. As a result, a designer can effectively manipulate both structural form and its force distribution without breaking their reciprocity.

BibTex
A. Nejur, M. Akbarzadeh. PolyFrame, Efficient Computation for 3D Graphic Statics. , 2020. under review
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@article{nejur2020polyframe,,
  title={PolyFrame, Efficient Computation for 3D Graphic Statics},
  author={Nejur, A. and Akbarzadeh, M.},
  journal={},
  year={2020}
}

 

Algebraic 3D Graphic Statics: Constrained Areas

Masoud Akbarzadeh and Marton Hablicsek

Abstract

This research is a continuation of the Algebraic 3D Graphic Statics Methods. It provides algorithms and (numerical) methods to geometrically control the magnitude of the internal and external forces in the reciprocal diagrams of 3D/Polyhedral Graphic statics. 3D graphic statics (3DGS) is a recently rediscovered method of structural form-finding based on a 150-year old proposition by Rankine and Maxwell in Philosophical Magazine. In 3DGS, the form of the structure and its equilibrium of forces is represented by two polyhedral diagrams that are geometrically and topologically related. The areas of the faces of the force diagram represent the magnitude of the internal and external forces in the system. For the first time, the methods of this research allow the user to control and constrain the areas and edge lengths of the
faces of general polyhedrons that can be convex, self-intersecting, or concave. As a result, a designer can explicitly control the force magnitudes in the force diagram and explore the equilibrium of a variety of compression and tension-combined funicular structural forms. In this method, a quadratic formulation is used to compute the area of a single face based on its edge lengths. The approach is applied to manipulating the face geometry with a predefined area and the edge lengths. Subsequently, the geometry of the polyhedron is updated with newly changed faces. This approach is a multi-step algorithm where each step includes computing the geometry of a single face and updating the polyhedral geometry. One of the unique results of this framework is the construction of the zero-area, self-intersecting faces, where the sum of the signed areas of a self-intersecting face is zero, representing a member with zero force in the form diagram. The methodology of this research can clarify the equilibrium of some systems that could not be previously justified using reciprocal polyhedral diagrams. Therefore, it generalizes the principle of the equilibrium of polyhedral frames and opens a completely new horizon in the design of highly-sophisticated funicular polyhedral structures that are beyond compression-only systems. 

BibTex
M. Akbarzadeh, M. Hablicsek. Algebraic 3D Graphic Statics: Constrained Areas. Eprint = arXiv:2007.15133, 2020.
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@article{akbarzadeh2020algebraic,
  title={Algebraic 3D Graphic Statics: Constrained Areas},
  author={Akbarzadeh, M. and Hablicsek, M.},
  journal={Eprint = arXiv:2007.15133},
  year={2020}
}

Geometry-based structural form-finding to design architected cellular solids

Mostafa Akbari, Armin Mirabolghasemi, Hamid Akbarzadeh, Masoud Akbarzadeh

Abstract

In this paper, we introduce a geometry-based structural design method as an alternative approach for designing low-density structures applicable to material science and mechanical engineering. This method will provide control over internal force-flow, boundary condition, and applied loads. The methodology starts with an introduction to the principles of geometric equilibrium and continues by introducing multiple design techniques to generate truss cellular, polyhedron cellular, and shell cellular (or Shellular) materials by manipulating the geometry of the equilibrium of force. The research concludes by evaluating the mechanical performance of a range of cellular structures designed by this approach.

BibTex
M. Akbari, A. Mirabolghasemi, H. Akbarzadeh, M. Akbarzadeh. Geometry-based structural form-finding to design architected cellular solids. ACM SYMPOSIUM ON COMPUTATIONAL FABRICATION, SCF'20, Virtual Event, USA, November 5-6, 2020. Association for Computing Machinery, ACM.
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@inproceedings{akbari2020geometry,
  title={Geometry-based structural form-finding to design architected cellular solids},
  author={Akbari, M. and Mirabolghasemi, A. and Akbarzadeh, H. and Akbarzadeh, M.},
  booktitle={ACM SYMPOSIUM ON COMPUTATIONAL FABRICATION, SCF'20},
  year={2020},
  month={November 5-6},
  publisher={Association for Computing Machinery, ACM},
  address={Virtual Event, USA}
}

Geometric Degrees of Freedom and Non-Conventional Spatial Structural Forms

Masoud Akbarzadeh and Marton Hablicsek

Abstract

This paper expands on the Geometric Degrees of Freedom (GDoF) in the context of geometry-based structural form finding and emphasizes its importance in finding non-conventional architectural structures in three-dimensional space. Using GDoF allows a designer to find various iterations of a network, each representing a unique design within the state of equilibrium and explore the non-conventional solutions particularly for funicular polyhedrons of 3D graphic statics. The paper briefly explains a method to find the GDoF of a given network consisting of closed polygons in 2D or 3D and applies the same method in finding the GDoF of reciprocal polyhedral diagrams of 3D graphic statics and expands on their non-trivial geometric transformations with their planarity constraints. The paper goes beyond the GDoF and provides a method to parameterize all the members of a network by assigning weights to all edges in a network to control the design properties of the solutions. For instance, a synclastic, compression-only shell can turn into an anticlastic compression-and-tension combined shell with the same magnitude of internal forces and external loads reciprocal to the same force distribution/diagram. Using this technique in the context of 3D graphic statics allows a designer to find non-conventional spatial structural solutions with both compression and tension members with planar faces for architectural/structural design purposes.

BibTex
M. Akbarzadeh, M. Hablicsek. Geometric Degrees of Freedom and Non-Conventional Spatial Structural Forms. Impact: Design With All Senses: Design Modelling Symposium Berlin, Berlin, Germany, September 23-25, 2020. Springer International Publishing.
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@inproceedings{akbarzadeh2020geometric,
  title={Geometric Degrees of Freedom and Non-Conventional Spatial Structural Forms},
  author={Akbarzadeh, M. and Hablicsek, M.},
  booktitle={Impact: Design With All Senses: Design Modelling Symposium Berlin},
  year={2020},
  month={September 23-25},
  publisher={Springer International Publishing},
  address={Berlin, Germany}
}

Iterative Machine Learning for Structural Form Finding with Fabrication constraints

Hao Zheng, Vahid Moosavi, Masoud Akbarzadeh

Abstract

This paper proposes a new design approach based on an iterative machine learning algorithm to speed up the topological design exploration of compression-only shell structures with planar faces, considering both structural performance and construction constraints. In this paper, we show that building neural networks allows one to train a surrogate model to accelerate the structural performance assessment of various possible structural forms without going through a significantly slower process of geometric form-finding. The geometric form-finding methods of 3D graphic statics are used as the primary structural design tool to generate a single-layer, compression-only shell with planar faces. Subdividing the force diagram and its polyhedral cells using various rules results in a variety of topologically different compression-only structures with different load-bearing capacities for the same boundary conditions. The solution space for all possible compression-only forms for a given boundary condition is vast, which makes iterating through all forms to find the ideal solutions practically impossible. After training with an iterative active sampling method, the surrogate model can evaluate the input data, including the subdivision rules, and predict the value of the structural performance and the construction constraints of the planar faces within milliseconds. As a result, one can then evaluate the nonlinear relations among all the subdivision rules and the chosen structural performance measures, and then, visualize the entire solution space.
Consequently, multiple solutions with customized thresholds of the evaluation criteria are found that show the strength of this method of form-finding in generating design solutions. Besides, considering the total training time of the neural network model, the proposed framework is still faster than a traditional optimization method, such as the genetic algorithm that can find only the optimum values. This process will result in interactive sampling methods in which the machine learning models assist the designer in choosing and controlling different design strategies by providing real-time feedback on the effects of the selected parameters on the design outputs.

BibTex
H. Zheng, V. Moosavi, M. Akbarzadeh. Iterative Machine Learning for Structural Form Finding with Fabrication constraints. Automation in Construction, November, 2020.
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@article{zheng2020iterative,
  title={Iterative Machine Learning for Structural Form Finding with Fabrication constraints},
  author={Zheng, H. and Moosavi, V. and Akbarzadeh, M.},
  journal={Automation in Construction},
  year={2020},
  month={November}
}

From Polyhedral to Anticlastic Funicular Spatial Structures

Mostafa Akbari, Mohammad Bolhassani, Masoud Akbarzadeh

Abstract

The structural performance of cellular polyhedral funicular geometries in 3D graphic statics(3DGS) relies heavily on the buckling performance of the system; if the edges of the form diagram are immediately translated to structural members. In addition, the spatial geometry of the nodes makes the fabrication process quite challenging. This paper proposes a novel approach to translate a cellular polyhedral geometry into a polyhedral surface-based structure in 3DGS that is comparable to the widely known minimal surface geometries in the context of structural design, bridging the gap between cellular polyhedral geometry and surface-based structure. Using such anticlastic structures for materialization in place of polyhedral geometry in 3DGS improves the structural performance of the system and facilitates its fabrications process. The proposed approach introduces a new typology of funicular spatial structures consist of a anticlastic surface for a given boundary condition. Followed by introducing the computational procedure to generate such geometries, the paper concludes by evaluating the mechanical performance of a cellular specimen and a funicular anticlastic surface structure, based on the same polyhedral geometry with the same volume of construction material. 

BibTex
M. Akbari, M. Akbarzadeh, M. Bolhassani. From Polyhedral to Anticlastic Funicular Spatial Structures. Proceedings of IASS Symposium 2019 and Structural Membranes 2019, FORM and FORCE, Barcelona, Spain, October 7-10, 2019.
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@inproceedings{akbari2019polyhedral,
  title={From Polyhedral to Anticlastic Funicular Spatial Structures},
  author={Akbari, M. and Akbarzadeh, M.  and Bolhassani, M.},
  booktitle={Proceedings of IASS Symposium 2019 and Structural Membranes 2019, FORM and FORCE},
  year={2019},
  month={October 7-10},
  address={Barcelona, Spain}
}

Behavior of Modular Components in a Funicular Glass Bridge

Mohammad Bolhassani, Cory Byrnes, Joseph Robert Yost, Masoud Akbarzadeh, Jens Schneider, Andrei Nejur

Abstract

The recent evolution of two-dimensional graphic statics (2DGS) into the third dimension (3DGS) has broadened the opportunity for extensive exploration into the design of efficient funicular structural systems. Furthermore, the design and use of structural glass have expanded significantly in recent years. This research exploits the current potential to which 3DGS and computational form finding can be used to extend the boundaries of optimization in the design of glass structures. The ultimate research objective is the construction of a fully-transparent, high-performance pedestrian bridge composed entirely of glass plates, which are oriented in a double layer, funicular, compression-dominating configuration. The funicular form of the bridge, developed using 3DGS, maximizes structural performance and minimizes the use of materials and resources: making it both architecturally unique and structurally efficient.

Unique to this structure is a modular approach to construction, where the bridge is built using a collection of inter-connected polyhedral hollow glass units (HGU). The proposed modular approach simplifies construction, improves quality control and allows for removal and replacement of an individual HGU in the event of damage. The research will initially involve the study of a single HGU. The behavior of an individual HGU will be related to the boundary and edge geometry of the glass plates, the connection detail between glass plates, and the collective interaction between glass and connection. The initial study will involve fabrication methodology, finite element modeling, and experimental testing. Following the single HGU study, will be an investigation of a reduced scale bridge for the purpose of understanding the inter-HGU connection behavior. Finally, a full-scale bridge will be built, modeled and tested. This paper will present the overall research methodology with an emphasis on construction, analysis, and experimental testing of an individual HGU.

BibTex
M. Bolhassani, C. Byrnes, J. R. Yost, M. Akbarzadeh, J. Schneider, A. Nejur. Behavior of Modular Components in a Funicular Glass Bridge. Proceedings of IASS Symposium 2019 and Structural Membranes 2019, FORM and FORCE, Barcelona, Spain, October 7-10, 2019.
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@inproceedings{bolhassani2019behavior,
  title={Behavior of Modular Components in a Funicular Glass Bridge},
  author={Bolhassani, M. and Byrnes, C. and Yost, J. R. and Akbarzadeh, M. and Schneider, J. and Nejur, A.},
  booktitle={Proceedings of IASS Symposium 2019 and Structural Membranes 2019, FORM and FORCE},
  year={2019},
  month={October 7-10},
  address={Barcelona, Spain}
}

Algebraic Formulation for Controlling the Face Areas of 3DGraphic Statics

Masoud Akbarzadeh, Marton Hablicsek

Abstract

Geometric construction of the reciprocal polyhedrons as the form and force diagrams are at the heart of 3D/polyhedral graphic statics. Moreover, the face areas of the force diagram are associated with the magnitude of the applied loads and internal forces in the form diagram. Therefore, controlling the face areas in the design process is quite crucial in structural form finding and optimization. In a previous paper, authors presented an algebraic formulation for the construction of reciprocal polyhedral diagrams by computing the edge lengths of closed polygons around each edge of the primal diagram. These polygons thus represent the faces of the dual and reciprocal diagram.

Although this formulation is a novel approach in constructing the reciprocal diagrams, it does not address how the areas of the faces of the resulting polyhedron could be controlled for form finding and optimization purposes. In this paper, we will expand on the algebraic relationship between the area of a face and its edges in the context of reciprocal polyhedral diagrams. In addition, the paper explains the solution space of the equation system comprising of the equilibrium equations and the equations describing the areas of the faces specified by the user.

The approach of this research allows controlling the areas of convex as well as self-intersecting (complex) faces with positive and negative regions per face. With the approach of this paper, a designer can even assign zero areas for certain faces of the force diagram in the form finding process and remove their corresponding force component/member in the form diagram.

BibTex
M. Akbarzadeh, M. Hablicsek. Algebraic Formulation for Controlling the Face Areas of 3DGraphic Statics. Proceedings of IASS Symposium 2019 and Structural Membranes 2019, FORM and FORCE, Barcelona, Spain, October 7-10, 2019.
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@inproceedings{akbarzadeh2019algebraic,
  title={Algebraic Formulation for Controlling the Face Areas of 3DGraphic Statics},
  author={Akbarzadeh, M. and Hablicsek, M.},
  booktitle={Proceedings of IASS Symposium 2019 and Structural Membranes 2019, FORM and FORCE},
  year={2019},
  month={October 7-10},
  address={Barcelona, Spain}
}

Graphic statics in a continuum: strut-and-tie models for reinforced concrete

Salma Mozaffari, Masoud Akbarzadeh, Thomas Vogel

Abstract

This research bridges the gap between the numerical layout optimization method and the geometry-based analysis and design method of graphic statics by connecting the two for the application of strut-and-tie models in reinforced concrete design. The study suggests a new algorithm for the algebraic graphic statics of indeterminate trusses inspired by the layout optimization method. Also, as a contribution to the field of graphic statics, the formulation provided in this paper can be used to generate form and force diagrams for a continuum, where the topology for none of the diagrams is initially provided.

The generation of strut-and-tie models for reinforced concrete has extensively relied on optimization methods, which are helpful techniques for the initiation of a load path inside a continuous domain. However, the resulting truss model is a single answer, and there exists limited control to methodically modify the topology or the force distribution of the model. Furthermore, the minimized-weight truss does not guarantee a practical strut-and-tie model or an optimized performance of a reinforcement design.

As a result of this study, in contrast to the conventional optimization techniques with a single solution, the designer has a vast design space provided by graphic statics and its intuitive properties with explicit control over the geometry and the force equilibrium. The algorithm provided in this paper is applied to various continuous domains to systematically generate a variety of strut-and-tie models, their force diagrams, and constant stress fields. The production of the optimized truss model and its force distribution allows the direct interactive manipulations of the design while observing the changes in the stress fields and the reinforcement arrangement. The open-source repository of the implemented integrated algorithm and the examples used in this paper is also provided.

BibTex
S. Mozaffari, M. Akbarzadeh, T. Vogel. Graphic statics in a continuum: strut-and-tie models for reinforced concrete. Computers and Structures, November, 2020.
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@article{mozaffari2020graphic,
  title={Graphic statics in a continuum: strut-and-tie models for reinforced concrete},
  author={Mozaffari, S. and Akbarzadeh, M. and Vogel, T.},
  journal={Computers and Structures},
  year={2020},
  month={November}
}

Generation of strut-and-tie models and stress fields for structural concrete

Salma Mozaffari, Masoud Akbarzadeh, Thomas Vogel

Abstract

Strut-and-tie models are principally the discretized stress field patterns, which simplify the dimensioning and detailing of reinforced concrete members. The computational generation of stress field patterns currently relies on finite element analysis or optimization methods. This research addresses the limitations of optimization algorithms in producing reasonable strut-and-tie configurations. The computational procedure of this paper utilizes layout optimization and graphic statics cooperatively to create strut-and-tie models and stress fields for two-dimensional cases. The presented examples demonstrate the capabilities of the mentioned methods to produce some desired results for two-dimensional scenarios and suggest a similar approach for solving the strut-and-tie problems for three-dimensional cases.

BibTex
S. Mozaffari, M. Akbarzadeh, T. Vogel. Generation of strut-and-tie models and stress fields for structural concrete. Structures Congress 2019, Orlando, Florida, April 24-27, 2019.
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@inproceedings{mozaffari2019generation,
  title={Generation of strut-and-tie models and stress fields for structural concrete},
  author={Mozaffari, S. and Akbarzadeh,  M. and Vogel,T.},
  booktitle={Structures Congress 2019},
  year={2019},
  month={April 24-27},
  address={Orlando, Florida}
}
The Design of an Ultra-Transparent Funicular Glass Structure

Masoud Akbarzadeh, Mohammad Bolhassani, Andrei Nejur, Joseph Robert Yost, Cory Byrnes, Jens Schneider, Ulrich Knaack, Chris Borg Costanzi

Abstract

This project presents novel research in structural design and analysis of an ultra-transparent pedestrian bridge made exclusively of glass sheets in a double layer, funicular, compression–only configuration. The funicular form of the bridge maximizes its structural performance and minimizes the use of materials and resources. The structural form of the project has been developed using 3D graphic statics (3DGS) that is a geometry-based structural design method allowing the extensive exploration of funicular structural solutions in three dimensions. Using the 3DGS method results in structural forms that are polyhedral geometries with planar faces. Therefore, not only does 3DGS find the efficient structural forms, but its planarity constraint facilitates the construction using flat sheet materials. The current structure of the bridge consists of three-dimensional polyhedral cells as hollow glass blocks with planar glass faces held together in compression by using a transparent silicon-based substance. The total span of the bridge is 10 m (32.81 ft) with a one-meter deck for pedestrian traffic. The asymmetric geometry of the bridge will significantly improve the behavior of the bridge under asymmetric and lateral loading conditions.

BibTex
M. Akbarzadeh, M. Bolhassani, A. Nejur, J. R. Yost, C. Byrnes, J. Schneider, U. Knaack, C. Borg Costanzi. The Design of an Ultra-Transparent Funicular Glass Structure. Structures Congress 2019, Orlando, Florida, April 24-27, 2019.
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@inproceedings{akbarzadeh2019design,
  title={The Design of an Ultra-Transparent Funicular Glass Structure},
  author={Akbarzadeh, M. and Bolhassani, M. and Nejur, A. and Yost, J. R. and Byrnes, C. and Schneider, J. and  Knaack, U. and Borg Costanzi, C.},
  booktitle={Structures Congress 2019},
  year={2019},
  month={April 24-27},
  address={Orlando, Florida}
}
Algebraic 3D graphic statics: Reciprocal constructions

 Márton Hablicsk, Masoud Akbarzadeh, Yi Guo

Abstract

The recently developed 3D graphic statics (3DGS) lacks a rigorous mathematical definition relating the geometrical and topological properties of the reciprocal polyhedral diagrams as well as a precise method for the geometric construction of these diagrams. This paper provides a fundamental algebraic formulation for 3DGS by developing equilibrium equations around the edges of the primal diagram and satisfying the equations by the closeness of the polygons constructed by the edges of the corresponding faces in the dual/reciprocal diagram. The research provides multiple numerical methods for solving the equilibrium equations and explains the advantage of using each technique. The approach of this paper can be used for compression-and-tension combined form-finding and analysis as it allows constructing both the form and force diagram based on the interpretation of the input diagram. Besides, the paper expands on the geometric/static degrees of (in)determinacies of the diagrams using the algebraic formulation and shows how these properties can be used for the constrained manipulation of the polyhedrons in an interactive environment without breaking the reciprocity between the two.

BibTex
M. Hablicsek, M. Akbarzadeh, Y. Guo. Algebraic 3D graphic statics: Reciprocal constructions. Computer-Aided Design, 2018.
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@article{hablicsek2018algebraic,
  title={Algebraic 3D graphic statics: Reciprocal constructions},
  author={Hablicsek, M. and Akbarzadeh, M. and Guo, Y.},
  journal={Computer-Aided Design},
  year={2018}
}
Developing Algebraic Constraints for Reciprocal Polyhedral Diagrams of 3D Graphic Statics

Masoud Akbarzadeh, Márton Hablicsk, Yi Guo

Abstract

3D graphic statics using reciprocal polyhedral diagrams (3DGS) is one of the recent developments in the field of geometry-based structural form finding and is a powerful method in generating spatial structural forms and their force diagram in three dimensions. However, constructing reciprocal polyhedral diagrams in 3D is quite challenging and the research lacks a rigorous mathematical definition formulating the geometrical and reciprocal relationship between the form and force diagrams in 3DGS.  Having been used for the past 150 years, 2D graphic statics has recently been formulated algebraically that allows better topological understanding the relationship between the form and the force diagrams in 2D. Such algebraic formulation is crucial in developing interactive tools enabling designers and practitioner to exploit the potentials of working with the form and force diagrams by computationally drawing the reciprocal diagrams for each design iteration which was otherwise quite tedious and cumbersome. This paper provides initial formulation of the reciprocal relationships between polyhedral form and the force diagrams in 3DGS and lays a foundation for further research in algebraic implementation of 3DGS.

BibTex
M. Akbarzadeh, M. Hablicsek, Y. Guo. Developing Algebraic Constraints for Reciprocal Polyhedral Diagrams of 3D Graphic Statics. Proceedings of the IASS Symposium 2018, Creativity in Structural Design, MIT, Boston, USA, July 16-20, 2018.
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@inproceedings{akbarzadeh2018developing,
  title={Developing Algebraic Constraints for Reciprocal Polyhedral Diagrams of 3D Graphic Statics},
  author={Akbarzadeh, M. and Hablicsek, M. and Guo, Y.},
  booktitle={Proceedings of the IASS Symposium 2018, Creativity in Structural Design},
  year={2018},
  month={July 16-20},
  address={MIT, Boston, USA}
}
Graphic Statics: Constrained form finding for parallel system of forces using Corsican sum

Georgios-Spyridon Athanasopoulos, Masoud Akbarzadeh, Allan McRobie

Abstract

The field of graphic statics focuses on the development of geometric methods to facilitate and seek optimal solutions for structural design. Such methods include the construction of reciprocal form and force diagrams that can be used as a basis for form finding tools. Building on the work of Rankine, Akbarzadeh has made significant contribution on expanding analogies between 2D and 3D extraction techniques of reciprocal diagrams to explore three-dimensional equilibrium. Additionally, McRobie has further extended Rankine’s approach using geometric algebra with the notable introduction of the Corsican sum. Following the theme of the symposium, “Creativity in structural design”, we explore a method for novel form finding through 3D graphic statics with the innovative use of the Corsican sum. We construct a hypothetical system of parallel forces in 3D with given boundary conditions on a plane and we intend to explore form and its corresponding force diagram. The final 3D form derives from member directions resulting from the Corsican sum in such a way that global equilibrium is accomplished given that the focus is on axial only forces. We begin by investigating a triangulation method that distributes the applied forces to the supports and gives the 2D projection of the form. We continue with the shifting of the form pieces in 2D in order to construct the vertical force diagram. Boundary conditions and equilibrium requirements guide the construction of the final 3D reciprocal force diagram. This leads to angle values for each of the structure’s members. We compare the final axial forces with those resulting from alternative triangulations to proof the validity of our pattern logic.

BibTex
G. S. Athanasopoulos, M. Akbarzadeh, A. McRobie. Graphic Statics: Constrained form finding for parallel system of forces using Corsican sum. Proceedings of the IASS Symposium 2018, Creativity in Structural Design, MIT, Boston, USA, July 16-20, 2018.
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@inproceedings{ athanasopoulos2018graphic,
  title={Graphic Statics: Constrained form finding for parallel system of forces using Corsican sum},
  author={ Athanasopoulos, G. S. and Akbarzadeh, M. and McRobie, A.},
  booktitle={Proceedings of the IASS Symposium 2018, Creativity in Structural Design},
  year={2018},
  month={July 16-20},
  address={MIT, Boston, USA}
}
Constrained Manipulation of Polyhedral Systems

Andrei Nejur, Masoud Akbarzadeh

Abstract

This paper presents a method for the manipulation of groups of polyhedral cells that allows geometric transformation while preserving the planarity constraints of the cells and maintaining the equilibrium direction of the edges for the reciprocity of the form and force diagrams. The paper expands on previously investigated single-cell manipulations and considers the effects of these transformations in adjacent cells and the whole system. All the transformations discussed in this paper maintain the initial topology of the input system. The result of this research can be applied to both form and force diagrams to investigate various geometric transformations resulting in convex or complex (self-intersecting) polyhedra as a group. The product of this research allows intuitive user interaction in working with form and force diagrams in the early stages of geometric structural design in 3D.

BibTex
A. Nejur, M. Akbarzadeh. Constrained Manipulation of Polyhedral Systems. Proceedings of the IASS Symposium 2018, Creativity in Structural Design, MIT, Boston, USA, July 16-20, 2018.
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@inproceedings{nejur2018constrained,
  title={Constrained Manipulation of Polyhedral Systems},
  author={Nejur, A. and Akbarzadeh, M.},
  booktitle={Proceedings of the IASS Symposium 2018, Creativity in Structural Design},
  year={2018},
  month={July 16-20},
  address={MIT, Boston, USA}
}
Structural Behavior of a Cast-in-Place Funicular Polyhedral Concrete: Applied 3D Graphic Statics

Mohammad Bolhassani, Ali Tabatabai Ghomi, Andrei Nejur, Masoud Akbarzadeh

Abstract

Although geometry-based structural design methods like 3D Graphic Statics (3DGS) allow for exploring a variety of spatial funicular geometry and their force equilibria. However, the material properties are not involved in the geometric form finding and there is no experimental data on the actual mechanical behavior of such systems. This paper will explore the structural performance of a funicular polyhedral geometry using experimental testing. The geometry of the physical prototype for the presented study is designed using 3DGS method. The specimen is constructed as a cast-in-place concrete structure, and the geometry of the sample is comparable to the standard concrete cylindrical test. High-performance, self-consolidating concrete is used for casting. Experimental results validated the 3DGS force distribution in the structure and showed that the magnitude of internal force in the members of the sample can be accurately predicted by 3DGS as long as the ultimate strength of the specimen is known.

BibTex
M. Bolhassani, A. Tabatabaei Ghomi, A. Nejur, M. Akbarzadeh. Structural Behavior of a Cast-in-Place Funicular Polyhedral Concrete: Applied 3D Graphic Statics. Proceedings of the IASS Symposium 2018, Creativity in Structural Design, MIT, Boston, USA, July 16-20, 2018.
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@inproceedings{bolhassani2018structural,
  title={Structural Behavior of a Cast-in-Place Funicular Polyhedral Concrete: Applied 3D Graphic Statics},
  author={Bolhassani, M. and Tabatabaei Ghomi, A. and Nejur, A. and Akbarzadeh, M.},
  booktitle={Proceedings of the IASS Symposium 2018, Creativity in Structural Design},
  year={2018},
  month={July 16-20},
  address={MIT, Boston, USA}
}
Effect of Subdivision of Force Diagrams on the Local Buckling, Load-Path and Material Use of Founded Forms

Ali Tabatabai Ghomi, Mohammad Bolhassani, Andrei Nejur, Masoud Akbarzadeh

Abstract

This paper investigates the relationship between the topology of a structure, load-path values and material efficiency for given boundary conditions in structural form finding using 3D Graphic Statics (3DGS) methods. Subdividing the force polyhedron is a technique in graphic statics that allows generating topologically-different structural forms for a given boundary conditions. This method is used to deal with buckling problems in long members by substituting them with multiple members with shorter lengths. However, subdivision methods result in more members and nodes in the structure that adds to the construction costs and material use. This paper investigates the effect of subdivision techniques on the change in the load-path values and local buckling load of various developed funicular polyhedral systems and the volume of the construction material. Multiple subdivision algorithms are developed to generate series of bar-node compression-only spatial structural systems for a given boundary condition, and relevant algorithms are designed to calculate the volume, load path and maximum local buckling force. The results of 41 different specimens show that by applying subdivision on global force diagram, generally the maximum local buckling force would increase as well as load path and volume. However, the slope of increase in local buckling force is higher. Furthermore, subdividing the applied forces as well as internal forces causes a better local buckling force than the subdivision of interior geometry.

BibTex
A. Tabatabaei Ghomi, M. Bolhassan, A. Nejur, M. Akbarzadeh. Effect of Subdivision of Force Diagrams on the Local Buckling, Load-Path and Material Use of Founded Forms. Proceedings of the IASS Symposium 2018, Creativity in Structural Design, MIT, Boston, USA, July 16-20, 2018.
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@inproceedings{tabatabaei ghomi2018effect,
  title={Effect of Subdivision of Force Diagrams on the Local Buckling, Load-Path and Material Use of Founded Forms},
  author={Tabatabaei Ghomi, A. and Bolhassan, M., and Nejur, A. and Akbarzadeh, M.},
  booktitle={Proceedings of the IASS Symposium 2018, Creativity in Structural Design},
  year={2018},
  month={July 16-20},
  address={MIT, Boston, USA}
}

Hedracrete; Prefab, Funicular, Spatial Concrete

Masoud Akbarzadeh, Mehrad Mahnia, Ramtin Taherian, Amir Hossein Tabrizi

Abstract

Hedracrete is a unique research project aiming to address three important topics in the field of digital design and fabrication. These subjects include efficient structural form finding in three dimensions, fabrication of complex spatial systems, and the innovative use of conventional materials.

BibTex
Akbarzadeh Masoud, Mahnia Mehrad, Taherian Ramtin, Tabrizi Amir Hossein. Hedracrete; Prefab, Funicular, Spatial Concrete. DISCIPLINES & DISRUPTION: Projects Catalog of the 37th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), 2017.
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@inproceedings{masoud2017hedracrete;,
  title={Hedracrete; Prefab, Funicular, Spatial Concrete},
  author={Masoud, Akbarzadeh and Mehrad, Mahnia and Ramtin, Taherian and Amir Hossein, Tabrizi},
  booktitle={DISCIPLINES \& DISRUPTION: Projects Catalog of the 37th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA)},
  year={2017},
  organization={Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA)}
}
Addressing buckling of compression members using subdivision of force diagrams

Timo Harboe Nielsen, Masoud Akbarzadeh, Per Goltermann

Abstract

This paper demonstrates how buckling issues can be addressed early in a design process using graphic statics and force diagram modification. It explores how the insertion of a single node in a closed polygon of the force diagrams leads to the insertion of a polygon in the form diagram, and how this method can be used to effectively reduce the length of members and increase the buckling capacity of structures significantly.

The research highlights the degrees of freedom of the resulting form diagram, and respectively identifies important subdivision parameters that can be modified to establish a determinate reciprocal relationship between a subdivided force diagram and the corresponding form with no buckling in the compression members. To evaluate the performance of the resulting form, a buckling-adjusted load-path formula is used. It is closely investigated how the mentioned subdivision parameters can be chosen to effectively reduce the required amount of materials in the structure.

BibTex
Harboe Nielsen Timo, Akbarzadeh Masoud, Goltermann Per. Addressing buckling of compression members using subdivision of force diagrams. Proceedings of the IASS Annual Symposium 2017, Interfaces: architecture . engineering . science, 2017.
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@inproceedings{timo2017addressing,
  title={Addressing buckling of compression members using subdivision of force diagrams},
  author={Timo, Harboe Nielsen and Masoud, Akbarzadeh and Per, Goltermann},
  booktitle={Proceedings of the IASS Annual Symposium 2017, Interfaces: architecture . engineering . science},
  year={2017},
  organization={IASS}
}
Prefab, Concrete Polyhedral Frame: Materializing 3D Graphic Statics

Masoud Akbarzadeh, Mehrad Mahnia, Ramtin Taherian, Amir Hossein Tabrizi

Abstract

This research describes the form finding and structural analysis of a prefabricated, concrete polyhedral structure designed by the use 3D graphic statics based on reciprocal polyhedral diagrams (3DGS). The form is a self-supporting, funicular polyhedral geometry with both compression and tension members Fiber reinforced, self-compacting, lightweight concrete is used to construct the members and the joints. The structure can be considered as the first built prototype designed based on the principles of the equilibrium of polyhedral frames and the methods of 3D graphical statics as the recent development of this principle.

BibTex
Akbarzadeh Masoud, Mahnia Mehrad, Taherian Ramtin, Tabrizi Amir Hossein. Prefab, Concrete Polyhedral Frame: Materializing 3D Graphic Statics. Proceedings of the IASS Annual Symposium 2017, Interfaces: architecture . engineering . science, 2017.
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@inproceedings{masoud2017prefab,,
  title={Prefab, Concrete Polyhedral Frame: Materializing 3D Graphic Statics},
  author={Masoud, Akbarzadeh and Mehrad, Mahnia and Ramtin, Taherian and Amir Hossein, Tabrizi},
  booktitle={Proceedings of the IASS Annual Symposium 2017, Interfaces: architecture . engineering . science},
  year={2017},
  organization={IASS}
}
On Structural Behavior of the First Funicular Polyhedral Frame Designed by 3D Graphic Statics

Mohammad Bolhassani, Masoud Akbarzadeh, Mehrad Mahnia, Ramtin Taherian

Abstract
BibTex
Bolhassani Mohammad, Akbarzadeh Masoud, Mahnia Mehrad, Taherian Ramtin. On Structural Behavior of the First Funicular Polyhedral Frame Designed by 3D Graphic Statics. Structures, 14: 56-68, 2017.
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@article{mohammad2017structural,
  title={On Structural Behavior of the First Funicular Polyhedral Frame Designed by 3D Graphic Statics},
  author={Mohammad, Bolhassani and Masoud, Akbarzadeh and Mehrad, Mahnia and Ramtin, Taherian},
  journal={Structures},
  year={2017},
  pages={56-68}
}
Three-dimensional Graphic Statics: Initial explorations with polyhedral form and force diagrams

Masoud Akbarzadeh, Tom Van Mele, Philippe Block

Abstract
BibTex
Akbarzadeh Masoud, Van Mele Tom, Block Philippe. Three-dimensional graphic statics: Initial explorations with polyhedral form and force diagrams. International Journal of Space Structures, 10(1), 2016. #
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@article{masoud2016three,
  title={Three-dimensional graphic statics: Initial explorations with polyhedral form and force diagrams},
  author={Masoud, Akbarzadeh and Tom, Van Mele and Philippe, Block},
  journal={International Journal of Space Structures},
  year={2016},
  number={1}
}
3D Graphical Statics Using Reciprocal Polyhedral Diagrams

Masoud Akbarzadeh

Abstract

150 years after Culmann (1864) established the methods of 2D graphical statics at ETH Zurich, this research aims to establish the methods of 3D graphical statics based on the historical concept of3D reciprocal diagrams. It clarifies and develops the concept of geometric representation of the equilibrium of forces in polyhedral frames based on the proposition by Rankine(1864) in 1864. It uses Rankine’s proposition on the reciprocity between the form of a polyhedral frame and its force diagram and redefines their topological relationships to be used as the basis for the methods of 3D graphical statics. It also provides a computational framework to construct 3D reciprocal diagrams from convex polyhedral cells.

Using 3D structural reciprocity, this thesis provides methods to find the global equilibrium for systems of forces in 3D and establishes step-by-step geometric procedures to construct spatial funicular forms that are geometrically constrained to given boundary conditions and applied loads. Moreover, it describes the procedures to show the equilibrium of internal and external forces in the members of general polyhedral frames using force polyhedrons. In addition to the methods of 3D graphical statics, this research introduces valuable design and optimization techniques for form finding of complex spatial structural systems by aggregating force polyhedrons and subdividing the global equilibrium in the force diagram. These methods are valuable in deriving complex compression-only structural solutions with different topological properties for given boundary conditions. Lastly, this research provides additional examples to show the extensive design potential of these methods to generate non-conventional structural systems with a combination of compressive and tensile forces in their members.

BibTex
Akbarzadeh Masoud. 3D Graphical Statics Using Reciprocal Polyhedral Diagrams. PhD thesis, ETH Zruich, Stefano Franscini Platz 5, Zurich, CH, 8093, July, 2016.
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@phdthesis{masoud20163d,
  title={3D Graphical Statics Using Reciprocal Polyhedral Diagrams},
  author={Masoud, Akbarzadeh},
  school={ETH Zruich},
  year={2016},
  month={July},
  address={Stefano Franscini Platz 5, Zurich, CH, 8093}
}
On the equilibrium of funicular polyhedral frames and convex polyhedral force diagrams

Masoud Akbarzadeh, Tom Van Mele, Philippe Block

Abstract
BibTex
Akbarzadeh Masoud, Van Mele Tom, Block Philippe. On the equilibrium of funicular polyhedral frames and convex polyhedral force diagrams. Computer-Aided Design(63): 118-128, 2015.
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@article{masoud2015equilibrium,
  title={On the equilibrium of funicular polyhedral frames and convex polyhedral force diagrams},
  author={Masoud, Akbarzadeh and Tom, Van Mele and Philippe, Block},
  journal={Computer-Aided Design},
  year={2015},
  number={63},
  pages={118-128}
}
3D Graphic Statics: Geometric Construction of Global Equilibrium

Masoud Akbarzadeh, Tom Van Mele, Philippe Block

Abstract

Based on Rankine’s proposition for the equilibrium of polyhedral frames in 1864, this research provides a clear illustration of the theory of reciprocity between form and force diagrams in three dimensions. It explores the geometric relationship between three-dimensional networks to determine the equilibrium of general spatial frames. It extends graphic statics to a fully three-dimensional method to design and analyze spatial frames such as tree structures, curved frames, cellular structures, etc., under nonparallel, external loads or self-stressed, compression- or tension-only conditions.

BibTex
Akbarzadeh Masoud, Van Mele Tom, Block Philippe. 3D Graphic Statics: Geometric Construction of Global Equilibrium. Future Visions, 2015.
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@inproceedings{masoud20153d,
  title={3D Graphic Statics: Geometric Construction of Global Equilibrium},
  author={Masoud, Akbarzadeh and Tom, Van Mele and Philippe, Block},
  booktitle={Future Visions},
  year={2015},
  organization={Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium 2015}
}
Three-dimensional Compression Form Finding through Subdivision

Masoud Akbarzadeh, Tom Van Mele, Philippe Block

Abstract
BibTex
M. Akbarzadeh, T. Van Mele, P. Block. Three-dimensional Compression Form Finding through Subdivision. Future Visions, 2015.
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@inproceedings{akbarzadeh2015three,
  title={Three-dimensional Compression Form Finding through Subdivision},
  author={Akbarzadeh, M. and Van Mele, T. and Block, P.},
  booktitle={Future Visions},
  year={2015},
  organization={Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium 2015}
}