Danish Team Uses HyperWorks to Prove the Value of Topology Optimization for Concrete Architectural Structures

Challenge: A change in mindset
The use of computerized optimization tools is largely foreign to the field of architecture. Søndergaard observed that the principal reason for this was “conservatism in the architectural industry toward embracing CAE as constitutive design tools,” a reluctance to lose design control to the optimization software.
The Unikabeton project would be one
of the first academic research projects
to address the use of topology optimization in architectural design. The payoff of the team’s experiments could be significant, since CO2 emissions from the production
of concrete produce 5 percent of total
global emissions.

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