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Stuttgart Smartshell – a Full Scale Prototype of An Adaptive Shell Structure

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The paper discusses the construction of the world's first full-scale prototype of an adaptive shell structure. The 10m x 10m double-curved structure, consisting of a multi-layer wood laminate, has three freely positionable supports. High-speed, real-time positioning of the supports allows for the manipulation of stress fields within the shell as well as of vibrations and deformations of the structure.

The paper focuses on the potentials of adaptivity for shell structures and the construction process of the prototype.
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Document Type: Miscellaneous

Publication date: December 1, 2013

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  • The Journal of the IASS is the peer-reviewed, quarterly journal of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures. The journal mainly presents technical papers and project reports submitted by members or nonmembers of the IASS. Typically, one issue per year focuses on a special topic arranged by guest editors. Additional articles annually include the four Hangai Prize winning papers and Tsuboi Proceedings Award contribution from the IASS annual symposium. Finally, additional content includes announcements of events and memorial statements of distinguished IASS members.
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