TOPOLOGICALLY INTERLOCKING JOINERY RESEARCH

 

Year: 2014-2017

Role: Geometry, FEA analysis, sensitivity analysis, fabrication

PIs: Sawako Kaijima, Martin L. Dunn

 

Description: 

Topologically Interlocking Joineries can be viewed as a design principle to join structural elements without any mechanical fasteners but by geometry and contact mechanisms. They have a long history in traditional timber structures inboth in Eastern and Western culture. They are easy to assemble and have integrated performance and appearance. TIJs are rarely used in architectural design due to the lack of scientific understanding of how these joints work in terms of their material and structural behavior. Our multidisciplinary research between architecture and mechanical engineering addressed this challenge in light of advanced simulation and fabrication methods. 

Acknowledgements:

This research was funded by the SUTD-MIT International Design Centre at Singapore Univesity of Technology and Design (SUTD)

all tij joints

basara

basara proto

best_disp

best_vstress

best_copen

shihuo proto

shihuo models

shihuo_worst_cpress

shihuo_best_bot_cpress

best_vstress