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ENGINEERING TRIPOS PART IIA - 2012/2013
Leader: Mr FA McRobie email: fam20
Project Type: Group
Project Category: Design
Prerequisites: 3D4 essential
Timing: Fridays 9-11am plus afternoons, and Tuesdays 11-1pm
This project involves the design of a tension structure, and as well as providing a grounding in the underlying mathematics, offers immense opportunities for artistic and architectural flair. Guided by lectures from Professor Ian Liddell, one of the world’s leading tension structure designers, your team will put forward a design proposal for a breath-taking tension structure, possibly to house a large exhibition space. The structural behaviour of tension structures is highly nonlinear, and has not previously been covered in the CUED course. Following Professor Liddell’s lectures, your team will provide hand calculations supported by Matlab scripts to convince the assessors that the structure will work. Your team will also create an accurate physical (architectural) model of the design concept, together with any virtual reality fly-through models that you think appropriate. Finally you will present your proposal to the “client” and a panel of experts.
Students work in small groups. Reports are written and assessed individually, with the effectiveness of the group effort reflected in the individual assessment.
Week 1: Introduction to tension structure theory and design
Week 2: Preliminary design and analysis
Week 3: Detailed design, analysis and model construction
Week 4: Preparation for final presentation
Format: Submission Date - Marks
Interim report 1: Tuesday 14 May 2013 - 20 marks
Interim report 2: Thursday 30 May 2013 - 20 marks
Final report: 4pm Friday 7 June 2013 - 40 marks(Credit for the effectiveness of the group effort is reflected in the assessment of each individual report).
Last updated: January 2013