Variable Stiffness Joints
The conventional design solutions of buildings cannot always perform well in a changing environment. By changing the structures into optimal shapes corresponding to different loading conditions, the structural performance will be improved. Our project aims to synthesize a type of structural joint (or hinge) with variable stiffness capabilities by using Shape Memory Polymers. The variable stiffness joints can be applied in the shape control of adaptive structures.
Qinyu Wang, Patrick Teuffel, Henriette Bier, Gennaro Senatore
Built Environment, Eindhoven University of Technology;
Architecture & Built Environment, Delft University of Technology;
Applied Computing and Mechanics Laboratory (IMAC) | School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC), EPFL
Researches: Arwin Hidding, Vasia Kaymenaki, Eric Wijen