Equilibrium analysis of topological interlocking for structural assemblies
Author(s)Ma, Zhao, M. Eng. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
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This thesis presents an exploration of topological interlocking system of structural assemblies. By analysing existing topological structures, a mathematical theory is constructed to design different topological interlocking systems based on various existing design techniques. A structural equilibrium analysis method is presented for the designed structural assemblies through a detailed analysis of the collapse mechanism. The method also features a novel way to transform indeterminate problems into determinate problems using the geometric relations, by an implementation of the half-edge data structure in mesh manifold computation. The thesis also briefly introduces a mapping strategy based on conformal mapping on NURBS surface to design freeform topological structural assemblies.
Thesis: M. Eng. in Structural Mechanics and Design, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2017.This electronic version was submitted by the student author. The certified thesis is available in the Institute Archives and Special Collections.Cataloged from student-submitted PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (pages 67-).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Civil and Environmental Engineering.