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PhD thesis

 

 

THE CORK AS AN APPARENT LAYER


Architectural and technological aspects of the application of cork
in façade systems

Arch. Paulo Sousa, Prof. Paulo Cruz, Prof. José Sousa

 

This PhD research investigates the expanded cork’s use as building’s envelope, and the development of a façade system combining cork with timber. 

 

THE CONSTRUCTIVE CONNECTIONS IN THE PROJECT FOR DISASSEMBLY


A contribution to a taxonomy


Arch. Cláudia Escaleira, Prof. Rogério Amoêda, Prof. Paulo Cruz

This PhD research aims to investigate and evaluate the structural performance of innovative solutions for hybrid glass-steel beams, in order to develop a hybrid beam system in which the transparency of glass is combined with the ductility of steel. The main concern is to study the possible use of externally glued steel elements that work as structural reinforcement of the glass beams, taking into consideration the presence of combined bending and shear stresses. The development of such solutions requires an evaluation of the glass-steel connection and therefore a special attention is dedicated to the steel-glass interface. The main outcome of the thesis should contribute to the definition of structural guidelines and technological recommendations for the use and design of hybrid glass beams.



       

 

GLASS-STEEL


Structural performance of hybrid beams


Eng. Raquel Pardal, Prof. Paulo Cruz, Prof. Aldina Santiago

This PhD research aims to investigate and evaluate the structural performance of innovative solutions for hybrid glass-steel beams, in order to develop a hybrid beam system in which the transparency of glass is combined with the ductility of steel. The main concern is to study the possible use of externally glued steel elements that work as structural reinforcement of the glass beams, taking into consideration the presence of combined bending and shear stresses. The development of such solutions requires an evaluation of the glass-steel connection and therefore a special attention is dedicated to the steel-glass interface. The main outcome of the thesis should contribute to the definition of structural guidelines and technological recommendations for the use and design of hybrid glass beams.


PhD thesis concluded


  

 

(DE)MATERIALIZING DETAIL: Technology, Structure, Design


Development of a reinforced glass connection technique 


Arch. Paulo Carvalho, Prof. Paulo Cruz, Prof. Fred Veer

 

This PhD research started from a holistic inquiry to a specific technology of reinforced glass (laminated glass with perforated steel plates) and focuses on the development of an embedded connection method whose mechanical behaviour will have the contribution of the reinforcement itself. The goal is to develop a semi-transparent connection technique for structural glass with improved post-breakage behaviour. Several non-planar geometric arrangements for the connected glass panel will be investigated in order to achieve structural independency and thus materialize an architectural element, solely defined by a refined play of transparencies.

Concluded: 2014-07.22 

 



     
 

FLEXIBILITY EVALUATION OF HOUSING SPACES


Influence of partitions and furniture

Arch. Alex Davico, Prof. Paulo Mendonça

This PhD research aims on the establish criteria for architectural design, focusing on systems of partitioning and furnishing. It intends to improve the environmental performance and comfort conditions in existing and projected architectural dwellings, through the use of flexible solutions. A method called Evaluation of the Degree of Project Flexibility, which allows to evaluate in advance the flexibility of architectural projects, was developed. Subsequently, two systems of flexible partitioning were proposed: a modular system of internal partition called Folder Wall System (FWS) and an adaptable façade called as Folder Wall System Façade (FWSF).

Concluded: 2013.12.09

 

 
 

DIGITAL DESIGN OPTIMISATION


New methods and tools for design and manufacturing of architectural objects

Designer Dirk Loyens, Prof. Paulo Mendonça and Prof. Ferrie van Hattum 
 
The thesis aimed to develop and test a method that could be employed to model and manage the design process individually, adapted to a particular design problem and along with the personal preferences of the designer. The method is part of a digital design process where simulation and analysis does not only support the project development process, but interacts and contributes with novel proposals, promotes a more creative exploration of the solution space and aims to integrate computational models in the reasoning process and the activities of the designer during the complete design process.

 

   
 

ENVIRONMENT AND CONSTRUCTION


Project  methodologies on conception for buiding deconstruction

Arch. Rogério Amoêda, Prof. Said Jalali and Prof. Paulo Mendonça
 
Construction industries is slowly becoming aware of building materials recovery and at present new approaches are seriously examined such as Design for Disassembly/Deconstruction (DfD). Furthermore, in order to evaluate the building deconstruction several approaches can be employed. In this research work the Emergy approach (spelled with an “M”) is considered to be a more effective tool for such evaluations. Using principles of DfD and Emergy theory, a model to measure the environmental net benefit of building materials recovery at the design stage is proposed. The model estimates the Deconstruction Effectiveness index (DE) of a building and enables designer to compare the alternative options, selecting the optimum solution.

Recent PhD thesis proposals


The idea built: Restoration project of the building Penthouse Soares & Brother

Test methodologies and intervention processes on the Modern Built Heritage

Panel for media facades

 

Development of a modular timber construction system: The home accessible


Building with improbable materials:
Potential use of urban waste in architecture / Ephemeral construction

 

MSc thesis


LITERALNESS OF LEVITATION IN ARCHITECTURE


From a dichotic desire to the development of a new system of
sliding frames Parnoramah!

Arch. Cristina Pinto, Prof. Paulo Cruz and Arch. Paulo Carvalho
 
This work aims at studying the introduction of a new technology of sliding frames for large glazing openings.

Concluded: 2013.12.04

 


 

 

 

 

 


 
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