Tom Van Mele

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1 Research Assistant, BLOCK Research Group, Institute of Technology in Architecture, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, akbarzadeh@arch.ethz.ch 2 Post-doctoral Researcher, BLOCK Research Group, Institute of Technology in Architecture, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, van.mele@arch.ethz.ch 3 Assistant Professor, BLOCK Research Group, Institute of Technology in Architecture,(More)
This paper presents a three-dimensional extension of graphic statics using polyhedral form and force diagrams for the design of compression-only and tension-only spatial structures with externally applied loads. It explains the concept of 3D structural reciprocity based on Rankine’s original proposition for the equilibrium of spatial frames. It provides a(More)
This paper presents a general, non-procedural, algebraic approach to graphical analysis of structures. Using graph theoretical properties of reciprocal graphs, the geometrical relation between the form and force diagrams used in graphic statics is written algebraically. These formulations have been found to be equivalent to the equilibrium equations used in(More)
This paper introduces scissor-hinged retractable membrane structures, a system for retractable membrane roofs that require a fully retractable supporting structure and multiple stable roof-configurations. A vaulted, foldable, supporting structure is developed consisting of two scissor-hinged frames that can retract towards opposite sides of the space below.(More)
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