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Keywords: Architecture
Design Technology and Sustainability
Shinya Okuda
Digital fabrication
Expanded polystyrene
Issue Date: 2-Jun-2010
Citation: BASU AHANA (2010-06-02T09:25:57Z). STRUCTURES OF INSULATION. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The objective of this thesis lies in exploring the potentials of Expanded Polystyrene Foam (EPS) as a structural material, using technologies of digital simulation and fabrication. The studio is process driven with building a rhino model (starting with a basic form), running it through Algor Structural Simulation software and manipulating the geometry in response. The result is then fabricated into a physical model using CNC machinery where complexity in geometry is less of a hindrance. The intention here is to develop a methodology and system that can be applied to a variety of programs, my application in this project being low cost housing development. The site lies in Kolkata, India in a part of ‘New Town’ where a system that deviates from conventional construction methods there can find its niche. In the context of a manual labor industry, the building is to be erected with lightweight components of appropriate size that are expanded from the polystyrene beads in digitally fabricated molds on site. The thesis aims to bring greater value to the use of EPS in building applications, its advantages being lightweight, fully recyclable, manufactured on site, and being able to play the dual role of structure and insulation.
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