Publications / 2020 Proceedings of the 37th ISARC, Kitakyushu, Japan

Automated Framework for the Optimisation of Spatial Layouts for Concrete Structures Reinforced with Robotic Filament Winding

Robin Oval, Eduardo Costa, Diana Thomas-Mcewen, Saverio Spadea, John Orr and Paul Shepherd
Pages 1541-1548 (2020 Proceedings of the 37th ISARC, Kitakyushu, Japan, ISBN 978-952-94-3634-7, ISSN 2413-5844)

Concrete is a major contributor to the environmental impact of the construction industry, due to its cement content but also its reinforcement. Reinforcement has a significant contribution because of construction rationalisation, resorting to regular mats or cages of steel bars, despite layoutoptimisation algorithms and additive-manufacturing technologies. This paper presents an automated framework, connecting design and fabrication requirements for the optimisation of spatial layouts as of reinforcement of concrete structures, by the means of robotic filament winding.

Keywords: Automated construction; Concrete structures; Reinforced concrete; Strut-and-tie models; Layout optimisation; Wound reinforcement; Digital fabrication; Additive manufacturing; Robotics; Robotic filament winding; 3D winding; Coreless winding, Trajectory planning.