Integral Mechanical Attachment for Timber Plate Structures (IMA)

Our main goal is to provide a new construction system made out of timber plates without using additional connectors, such as screws, nails and glue. In addition to code generation for fabrication data purposes and geometrical studies, including optimising the form, the project intends to take the structural mechanics of integral mechanical attachment into account. Researchers from computer science, architecture and structural engineering come together to provide an integrated framework to develop new structural typologies. Within the framework, we investigate the typology of the system, optimised geometry of integrally-attached timber plates, fabrication and assembly constraints, application of timber-to-timber multiple-tab-and-slot connections and their constraint in large-scale structures, structural serviceability, structural mechanics, and practical-oriented computational model development.

Principal Investigators: Prof. Dr. Yves WeinandProf. Dr. Mark PaulyProf. Fabio GramazioProf. Matthias Kohler

Main Collaborators: Anh Chi Nguyen, Aryan Rezaei Rad, Julien Gamerro, Dr. Christopher Robeller

Extended Collaborators: Dr. Andrew Liew, Mina Konakovic


Robeller, Christopher, Yves Weinand, Volker Helm, Andreas Thoma, Fabio Gramazio, and Matthias Kohler. 2017. “Robotic Integral Attachment.” In Fabricate, edited by Achim Menges, Bob Sheil, Ruairi Glynn, and Marilena Skavara, 92–97. London: UCL Press.

Robeller, Christopher, Mina Konakovic, Mira Dedijer, Mark Pauly, and Yves Weinand. 2016. “A Double-Layered Timber Plate Shell – Computational Methods for Assembly, Prefabrication, and Structural Design.” In Advances in Architectural Geometry 2016, 104–23. Zurich: vdf Hochschulverlag AG.

Robeller, Christopher, and Yves Weinand. 2016. “Fabrication-Aware Design of Timber Folded Plate Shells with Double Through Tenon Joints.” In Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art and Design 2016, edited by Dagmar Reinhardt, Rob Saunders, and Jane Burry, 166–77. Cham: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-26378-6_12.

Robeller, Christopher, and Yves Weinand. 2016. “Integral Joints for Timber Folded Plate Structures.” In Advancing Wood Architecture – A Computational Approach, edited by Achim Menges, Tobias Schwinn, and Oliver David Krieg. London: Routledge.

Robeller, Christopher and Yves Weinand. 2016. “A 3D Cutting Method for Integral 1DOF Multiple-Tab-and-Slot Joints for Timber Plates, Using 5-axis CNC Cutting Technology.” Presentation at World Conference of Timber Engineering WCTE 2016, Vienna, Austria, 22–25 August 2016.

Robeller, Christopher, and Yves Weinand. 2016. “Integrale Verbindungen für Faltwerke aus Holzwerkstoffplatten.” Detail 1/2: 67–74.

Dedijer, Mira, Stéphane Roche and Yves Weinand. 2016. “Shear Resistance and Failure Modes of Edgewise Multiple Tab-and-Slot Joint (MTSJ) Connection with Dovetail Design for Thin LVL spruce plywood Kerto-Q Panels.” Presentation at World Conference on Timber Engineering WCTE 2016, Vienna, Austria, 22–25 August 2016.

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