Building System Development for Long-span Fibre Composite Structures

German Research Foundation (DFG), EXC 2120: Cluster of Excellence IntCDC: RP11


German Research Foundation (DFG), EXC 2120: Cluster of Excellence IntCDC: RP11

Funding Period

2019 - 2022



The project aim is to develop coreless wound fibre composite building systems with improved overall performance and reliability. The four main challenges of a coreless wound fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) building system are: joint design, understanding the structural system, environmental impact and the integration into an architectural concept.

Higher stresses can accumulate at the joints, which makes the connections one of the key challenges in the structural system. They must be addressed in order to improve the overall performance and efficiency of the system. In the structural design phase of coreless wound filament structures (CFW) significant abstractions are made that can lead to a more conservative understanding of the system. The only way to improve the overall understanding of the structural system is to do real world measurements. To achieve this over the lifetime of a structure, a structural health monitoring (SHM) system will be included in the FRP components. The environmental footprint of the material is another challenge. This project will address possible, sustainable material alternatives to the carbon-/glass fibre epoxy material systems.

For a holistic assessment of these challenges, they need to be architecturally integrated within the overall building system. Therefore, this project aims to develop integrated joining, sensing and material strategies.

Project Team

ITKE - Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design, University of Stuttgart
Prof. Dr. Jan Knippers, Marta Gil Pérez

ICD - Institute for Computational Design and Construction, University of Stuttgart
Prof. Achim Menges, Niccolò Dambrosio

ITFT - Institute for Textile and Fiber Technologies, University of Stuttgart

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Götz T. Gresser, Pascal Mindermann

This picture showsMarta Gil Pérez
M.Arch. M.Sc.

Marta Gil Pérez

Research Associate

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