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Week  One:  e-­‐learning  Knowledge  Map    

Ching  (2008):       Static  loads:  structures  will  gradually  respond  under  a   static  load,  the  deformation  of  the  structure  will  reach   a  peak  when  the  force  is  a  maximum.     Static  loads  include:   -­‐ Live  loads:  an  applied  load,  whose  force  typically   acts  in  a  vertical  direction.     Examples  include:  occupancy  loads  (people,   furniture),  snow  loads,  rain  loads   -­‐ Dead  loads:  the  self  weight  of  the  structure.       Dynamic  loads:  applied  rapidly  to  the  structure,  the   deformation  of  the  structure  is  not  directly  related  to   the  force  that  is  applied.   Dynamic  loads  include:   -­‐ Wind  loads   -­‐ Earthquake  loads    

Criteria  to  think  about  when  considering  and  selecting   materials:     -­‐ Strength  (how  strong  is  the  material?)   -­‐ Stiffness  (how  flexible  is  the  material?),     -­‐ Shape,     -­‐ Material  behaviours  (materials  will  behave   differently  with  the  force  applied),     -­‐ Economy  and  sustainability  (how  expensive?  how   readily  available?).     Forces:   -­‐ tension  forces:  when  a  load  pulls  the  structural   member  apart  in  opposite  directions.  ç☐è   -­‐ compression  forces:  when  a  load  pushes  the   structural  member.  è☐ç   Load  path  diagrams:   -­‐ considers  the  applied  load,  not  the  self  load.   -­‐ The  diagram  shows  how  the  load  is  transferred   down  into  the  ground.   -­‐ Loads  are  respresented  as  arrows,  these  also   suggest  the  direction  and  scale   -­‐ The  load  takes  the  most  simple  route  through  the   beams   -­‐ At  the  ground  there  are  reaction  forces  –  this  is   force  is  equal  and  opposite  so  that  the  structure  is   stable  


Tutorial   07-­‐03-­‐2014    

There  are  three  types  of  construction:   1)  M ass  construction             2)  F rame  (column  and  beam)             3)  Tensile/fabric     Mass  construction:   1) Small  module  (eg.  Mud/clay  bricks,  concrete  bricks)   -­‐  not  strong  against  natural  forces   2) Large  module  (eg.  Precast  concrete)     Small  m odule  m ass  construction:                       Bricks  used  in  small  module  mass  construction  can  be:   -­‐ pressed  bricks  (vary  in  colour.  Harder  the  brick,  darker  the  colour)   -­‐ wire  cut/extruded    

We  started  with  brick  that  were  placed  on   top  of  one  another  but  soon  realised  that   the  structure  would  become  unstable  when   it  was  built  higher.  

We  chose  to  create  a  pattern  with  the   bricks  to  ensure  the  structure  became   more  stable  and  therefore    higher.  


During  this  activity  we  were  asked  to  create  the  highest  structure  possible   made  out  of  wooden  bricks  and  clay  bricks.   We  chose  to  use  a  circular  shape,  as  we  believed  it  would  allow  us  to  easily   build  higher.  However,  we  could  not  find  an  easy  way  to  create  a  roof  over   the  top  of  the  structure  due  to  the  way  it  was  constructed.   Our  choice  to  include  the  clay  bricks  into  our  construction  allowed  us  to   create  compression  and  ensured  the  structure  was  more  stable.

The  self  weight  and   compression  force  pushing   down  allows  for  a  stronger   structure.  


Week  Two:  e-­‐learning  Knowledge  Map      

  Ching  (2008):       Structural  system:  This  system  is  used  to  ensure   applied  loads  and  gravity  support  and  transmit  safely  to   the  ground.   Enclosure  system:  the  exterior  of  the  building.   Mechanical  systems:  ensures  that  services  are  supplied   to  the  structure.    

Structual  systems:   -­‐ Solid  –  find  in  early  buildings  (Egypt,  great  wall  of  china),   compression  is  the  main  force   -­‐ Surface  –  example:  opera  house  uses  a  shell  structure   -­‐ Skeletal  –  frame  system,  efficient  ways  of  transforming  the  load   down  to  the  ground   -­‐ Membrane  –  used  less  commonly  in  the  built  environment  (north   court,  sails)   There  can  be  a  hybrid  that  uses  a  number  of  structural  systems.     Construction  systems:  make  decisions  based  on  these  criteria  –   performance  requirements,  aesthetic  qualities,  economic  efficiencies,   environmental  impacts.     ESD  and  selecting  materials:   -­‐ Embodied  energy  is  the  total  energy  used.   -­‐ Consider  what  can  be  reused,  design  is  at  the  center  of  the   lifecycle  of  a  building  and  its  materials.   -­‐ Recyclability  –  reduce,  reuse,  recycle   -­‐ Carbon  footprint  –  how  much  greenhouse  gas  is  produced   Local  materials,  material  efficiency,  thermal  mass,  night  air  purging,  solar   energy,  wind  energy,  cross  ventilation,  smart  sun  design,  insulation,   water  harvesting.     Structural  joints:   -­‐ Roller  joints   -­‐ Pin  joints   -­‐ Fixed  joints  


Tutorial   14-­‐03-­‐2014        

Three  different  joints:     Roller  Joint       Pin  Joint       Fixed  Joint                   -­‐ Pin  joints  and  fixed  joints  are  more  common   -­‐ Fixed  joints  are  the  strongest  as  they  resist  rotation,  vertical  and  horizontal  forces.     The  more  joints  that  are  present  in  a  structure  the  more  unstable  it  will  be.  Triangles  as  a  shape  resist   rotation,  vertical  and  h orizontal  forces  so  they  are  commonly  used  to  create  a  stable  structure.  

By  bracing  the  structure  and   creating  two  triangles,  it  will   be  a  lot  stronger    

Squares  can  be  easily  deformed  when  undergoing  forces  


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