ITECH Research Demonstrator 2018/19 – Stuttgart 2019
The ITECH research demonstrator 2018/19 investigates large-scale compliant architecture inspired by the folding mechanisms of the Coleoptera coccinellidae wings. The demonstrator is composed of two adaptive folding elements made of carbon and glass fibre-reinforced composites. The demonstrator is first of its kind to employ industrial tape-laying technology for an automated fabrication of large-scale compliant mechanisms. Their kinetic behaviour is achieved through distinct compliant hinge zones with integrated pneumatic actuators. An interactive control system, consisting of integrated sensors, online communication, and backend computational processing, facilitates interactive and user-controlled adaptation. The project is part of a successful series of research demonstrators which showcase the potential of computational design, simulation and fabrication processes in bio-inspired architecture. The project was designed and realized by students and researchers, supported by a multi-disciplinary team of architects, engineers, biologists, and palaeontologists.
Scientific Development: Axel Körner, Larissa Born, Oliver Bucklin, Seiichi Suzuki, Lauren Vasey
Concept Development, System Development, Fabrication & Construction: Miro Bannwart, Eliza Biała, Xiaoyu Chen, Rebeca Duque Estrada de Almeida Araujo, Farnaz Fattahi, Rob Faulkner, David Horvath, Niloofar Imani, You-Wen Ji, Fabian Kannenberg, Nate Kaylor, Denitsa Koleva, Jure Kozmos, I-Ching Lee, Ada Leżuchowska, Zhiqi Lin, Samantha Melnyk, Seyed Mobin Moussavi, Mona Mühlich, Seyed Ahmad Razavi, Tamara Rosales, Emi Shiraishi, Sanoop Siby, Piyanat Songkhroh, Hana Svatoš-Ražnjević, Naomi Kris Tashiro, Babasola Thomas, Aditya Tiwari, Maria Wyller, Nima Zahiri, Ruqing Zhong
With Support of Anja Mader, Katja Rinderspacher, Maria Yablonina
In collaboration with Compositence GmbH Departement of Evolutionary Biology of Invertebrates – Prof. Oliver Betz Department of Palaeontology of Invertebrates – Prof. James Nebelsick University of Tuebingen