Creasing the British Museum: Topology finding of crease patterns for shell structures

Oval R., Mesnil R., Van Mele T., Baverel O. and Block P.
Journal of the IASS
doi: 10.20898/j.iass.2024.004

Several structural systems rely on a specific hierarchy between their constitutive elements, which results in topological constraints on the feasible patterns that can describe them. Folded, corrugated, or creased surface structures require this bipartition, also called two-colouring, between independent wavy and smooth directions. Finding a valid pattern for complex design problems is not straightforward and identifying relevant ones is important as creasing can either strengthen or weaken a structure. This paper presents a way of tackling such a design problem, by focusing on the roof of the Great Courtyard of the British Museum, revisiting this structure with a creased shell to increase its bending stiffness in the key directions. The methodology includes two-colour topology finding of corrugated patterns, parametric structural analysis, and simple structural optimisation through data analysis for topological combination, which opens new research avenues for performance-informed topological exploration.


    author  = "Oval, R. and Mesnil, R. and Van Mele, T. and Baverel, O. and Block, P.",
    title   = "Creasing the British Museum: Topology finding of crease patterns for shell structures",
    journal = "Journal of the IASS",
    year    = "2024",
    volume  = "65",
    number  = "1",
    pages   = "44-56",
    month   = "March",
    doi     = "10.20898/j.iass.2024.004",
    note    = "",

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