Computational Co-Design Framework for Fiber Composite Building Systems

Developing a Framework that will allow future Co-Design

Coreless filament winding of lightweight fiber composite systems enables highly differentiated placement of high-performance load-bearing materials and creates new solution spaces for design and construction of lightweight fiber structures. In early design phases of such large-scale coreless fiber composite building systems, significant effort is required to develop project-specific solutions due to the high complexity of interdependent parameters of design, construction, and manufacturing requirements. As a genuinely digital building system, coreless filament winding relies on a high degree of integration. To handle the multiple interrelationships within a multidisciplinary design and construction process, the project will develop a computational framework of general design methods that can conceivably be used for large-scale fiber-based systems. This is intended to expand the design space beyond structures based on experience and intuition and to unlock the full potential of coreless fiber winding. In addition to expanding methodological contributions, the computer-aided co-design framework itself will be a method of integrative collaboration. It aims to make the resulting building systems even more efficient and sustainable through a higher degree of design integration and predictability. By identifying relevant parameters for the structural behavior of components across building boundaries, it is hoped to reduce the required safety factors for the design of these structures, and thus the amount of material required.

Project Duration
July 2022 – December 2025 (Second Phase of Cluster of Excellence IntCDC)

Projekt Team
ICD Institute for Computational Design and Construction, University of Stuttgart
Prof. Dipl. AA (Hons) Achim Menges, Fabian Kannenberg

VISUS Visualization Research Center, University of Stuttgart
Prof. Dr. Daniel Weiskopf, Moataz Abdelaal

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

ITFT Institut für Textil- und Fasertechnologien, University of Stuttgart
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Götz T. Gresser, Pascal Mindermann

IBB Institute for Structural Mechanics, University of Stuttgart
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Manfred Bischoff, David Forster

Publication within the scope of this project
M. Gil Pérez, C. Zechmeister, F. Kannenberg, P. Mindermann, L. Balangé, Y. Guo, S. Hügle, A. Gienger, D. Forster, M. Bischoff, C. Tarín, P. Middendorf, V. Schwieger, G. T. Gresser, A. Menges and J. Knippers, “Computational co-design framework for coreless wound fibre-polymer composite structures,” Journal of Computational Design and Engineering, 9(2), pp. 310-329, 2022.

This research was supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) under Germany’s Excellence Strategy – EXC 2120/2 – 390831618.

Further information
Homepage Cluster of Excellence Research Project 11-1


This image shows Dr.-Ing. Pascal Mindermann

Dr.-Ing. Pascal Mindermann


Research Associate (Postdoc)

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