Digital Concrete Processing

Digital Concrete Processing develops and implements enabling concrete technology solutions for digital fabrication in architecture. Digital fabrication opens new possibilities for concrete technology, with the processing required for material placement being a major topic, as well as new possibilities for concrete composites such as fibre-reinforced concrete. This project is therefore strongly connected to the three major NCCR projects: 1) Mesh Mould, 2) Smart Dynamic Casting (SDC), and 3) 3D Printing for Complex Architectural Components. Fresh and hardened concrete properties are both considered, with an aim at understanding how digital fabrication can enhance and be enhanced by concrete processing. Finally, new potential material questions are explored, such as the formation of cold joints in layered systems.

Main Collaborators: Dr. Timothy Wangler

Extended Collaborators: Norman Hack, Dr. Ena Lloret Fritschi, Alexander Nikolas Walzer, Lex Reiter, Dr. Jaime Mata-Falcón, Dr. Nitish Kumar, Mathias Bernhard, Andrei Jipa, Andreas Reusser

External Collaborators: Dr. Daniel Sanz Pont

Publications

Flatt, Robert J., Timothy Wangler, Lex Reiter, Ena Lloret-Fritschi, Fabio Gramazio, Matthias Kohler, Linus Mettler, Falk Wittel, Mathias Bernhard, Benjamin Dillenburger, Jonas Buchli, Jaime Mata Falcón and Walter Kaufmann. 2016.“Digital Fabrication with Concrete:Challenges and Opportunities.” Keynote lecture 8th International RILEM Symposium on Self-Compacting Concrete, Washington, DC, USA, 16–19 May 2016.

Hack, Norman, Timothy Wangler, Jaime Mata-Falcón, Kathrin Dörfler, Nitish Kumar, Alexander Nikolas Walzer, Konrad Graser, Lex Reiter, Heinz Richner, Jonas Buchli, Walter Kaufmann, Robert J. Flatt, Fabio Gramazio, and Matthias Kohler. 2017. “Mesh Mould:An On Site, Robotically Fabricated, Functional Formwork.” Accepted for 2nd Concrete Innovation Conference, Tromso, Norway,5–8 March 2017.

Lloret-Fritschi, Ena, Lex Reiter, Timothy Wangler, Fabio Gramazio, Matthias Kohler, and Robert J. Flatt. 2017. “Smart Dynamic Casting: Slipforming with Flexible Formwork – Inline Measurement and Control.” Accepted for 2nd Concrete Innovation Conference,Tromso, Norway, 5–8 March 2017.

Reiter, Lex, Timothy Wangler, Nicolas Roussel, and Robert J. Flatt. 2016. “Distinguishing Flocculation and Hydration Effects on the Thixotropy of Cement Pastes.” In 8th International RILEM Symposium on Self-Compacting Concrete, Washington, DC, USA, 16–19 May 2016.

Reiter, Lex, Rene Käßmann, Amir Reza Shahab, Timothy Wangler, and Robert J. Flatt. 2015. “Strategies to Wake up Sleeping Concrete.” Proceedings of the 14th International Congress on the Chemistry of Cement.

Reiter, Lex, Marta Palacios, Timothy Wangler, and Robert J. Flatt. 2015. “Putting Concrete to Sleep and Waking It up with Chemical Admixtures.” Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Superplasticizers and Other Chemical Admixtures in Concrete 302:145–154.

Schultheiss, Marc, Timothy P. Wangler, Lex Reiter, and Robert J. Flatt. 2016.“Feedback Control of Smart Dynamic Casting through Formwork Friction Measurements,” In 8th International RILEM Symposium on Self-Compacting Concrete, Washington, DC, USA,16–19 May 2016.

Wangler, Timothy, Ena Lloret, Lex Reiter, Norman Hack, Fabio Gramazio, Matthias Kohler, Mathias Bernhard, Benjamin Dillenburger, Jonas Buchli, Nicolas Roussel, and Robert Flatt. 2016. “Digital Concrete: Opportunities and Challenges.” RILEM Technical Letters1: 67–75, doi: 10.21809/rilemtechlett.2016.16.

Wangler, Timothy, Lex Reiter, Ena Lloret-Fritschi, Norman Hack, Matthias Kohler, Fabio Gramazio, Benjamin Dillenburger, Mathias Bernhard, Jonas Buchli, and Robert J. Flatt. 2016. “Hydration Control for Digital Fabrication with Concrete.” Invited presentation at One-Day International Symposium on 3D Printing of Concrete, IIT Madras, Chennai, India, 8 August 2016.

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