KAROLA DIERICHS Architectural Research and Design

KAROLA DIERICHS
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3D Laserscanning 2013
3D Laserscanning 2013

The five-day workshop Informed Matter – Aggregate Structure conducted at the Institute for Computational Design at Stuttgart University explored the formation of full-scale aggregate structures under compression through jamming of non-convex designed granulates. In this context, 3D laserscanning has been used to measure and document a self-supporting dome consisting of circa 5000 non-convex designed granules. […]

Cumulated Icosahedra 2013
Cumulated Icosahedra 2013

Designed Granular Matter allows for the calibration of mechanical properties. If applied in an architectural context structural stability is of prime relevance paired with the granulate’s intrinsic capacity for reconfiguration. One method for increasing structural stability is the increase of interlocking arms in a non-convex polyhedron generated by geometric cumulation.The numerical simulations conducted in ITASCA […]

Numerical Simulation 2013
Numerical Simulation 2013

The project seeks to develop Discrete Element Method simulations that allow for modeling of the behaviour of non-convex granulates which are designed to form architectural structures. Initially a benchmark between two modeling approaches was run, showing that with increasing particle numbers a clump-based particle model allows for less computational time than a block-based one. The […]

Non-Convex Particle Model 2012
Non-Convex Particle Model 2012

In order to arrive at a computational design model for designed granulates, several already existing particle types are analyzed using the notion of convex and non-convex hulls. Based on this, a new particle type for sheet material is suggested both integrating the features developed so far and adding new morphological characteristics. These different particles types […]

Robotic Pouring of Designed Granular Substances
Robotic Pouring of Designed Granular Substances

Using a KRL-controlled robotic emitter-head, designed granulates can be poured to form stable full-scale structures. Compared to conventional 3D printing techniques or additive manufacturing, this process is very rapid due to the particles’ morphology allowing for fast interlocking and solidification of the poured structure. Karola Dierichs – Institute for Computational Design (ICD) – Professor Achim […]

DEM Simulation 2010
DEM Simulation 2010

The Institute for Computational Design (ICD) and the Institute of Engineering and Computational Mechanics (ITM) at the University of Stuttgart are investigating the architectural potential of designed granular systems using analogue and digital methods. In the investigation of aggregates, experiments and simulations play a crucial role as only through these the observation of the behaviour […]

Method for a Formwork made of Sand
Method for a Formwork made of Sand

German Patent No. 102008049408, Issued September 29, 2008: Verfahren zum Herstellen eines Formkörpers: Bei einem Verfahren zum Herstellen eines Formkörpers, wobei eine aushärtbare Substanz mit einer gewünschten Oberflächenform versehen und ausgehärtet wird, ist vorgesehen, daß eine gekörnte Inert-Substanz in eine Form gefüllt wird, um den Boden der Form zu bilden, die Oberfläche der Inert-Substanz strukturiert […]