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The Fibre Facade Prototype

The Fibre Facade Prototype is a new building component demonstrator created for the Innochain Network Exhibition “Practice Futures: Building Design for a New Material Age” which opened on the 31st of August at KADK in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The prototype was developed in collaboration between the ITKE, University of Stuttgart and FibR GmbH as the final product of their Innochain Industry Partnership. It consists of eight unique CFRP (carbon fibre reinforced polymer) frames that were fabricated by coreless filament winding and support eight planar polycarbonate panes in unique positions and orientations.

The strength of the composite is visually demonstrated by the small amount of material required to support the facade panes and the flexibility of coreless filament winding is shown by the creation of the unique parts with a simple reconfigurable scaffold system, easily adjusted to suit each piece.

The CFRP frames are designed to carry glass and the expected wind loads for a typical building envelope.The heaviest frame weighs only 990g and the combined mass of all eight CFRP parts is just 4.2kg. These support 8.75m2 of polycarbonate cladding weighing 90kg in the exhibition and were designed to carry twice that mass in glass.

Project Team

ITKE – Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design – Prof. Jan Knippers
Concept, Scientific Development and Engineering: James Solly (Innochain ESR 08)
FibR GmbH, Stuttgart
Design Development, Fabrication: Moritz Dörstelmann, Teodor Andonov

Acknowledgements

This project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and
innovation program under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 642877.

The project CFRP material was kindly provided by FibR GmbH

The project facade fixings were kindly sponsored by Pauli+Sohn GmbH.