Ph.D Student | Engelhardt Livna |
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Subject | Sparse Plate Trusses - Morphological Approach and Structural Analysis |

Department | Department of Architecture and Town Planning |

Supervisors | Professor Michael Burt |

Professor Oren Vilnay |

Sparse Plate-Trusses are multilayered structures, made of bars connected by hinge joints. These trusses have high regularity, low density of bars, and notable structural performance.

The research objective is to demonstrate
morphologically defined possibilities of improving the structural^{ }capacity
of Sparse Plate-Trusses, while reducing the amount of material per volume. The
basic hypothesis is that this can be achieved by increasing the structural
height of a plate-truss while reducing its spatial density (number of bars per
volume) and preserving its stability.

Sparse Plate-Trusses can be derived from Infinite Polyhedra Lattices. Study of the morphological parameters determining the spatial density of edges of I.P.L., led to four strategies for reducing this density:

a) Adding octahedra along the polyhedron’s axes.

b) Increasing the polyhedron’s subdivision frequency.

c) Reducing the number of axes meeting at a joint.

e) Eliminating redundant bars.

The computer was used to:

a) Generate and present the graphical data.

b) Process the structural analyses.

c) Calculate the stiffness coefficients.

Comparative evaluation of the stiffness coefficients of the considered trusses shows the morphological possibilities of improving the structural performance of Sparse Plate-Trusses.