MULTIVALENT STADIUM MEMBRANE.
design studio iv
professor brad bell
the university of texas at arlington
To create a continuous composite structural roof surface that embeds multiple functions within the system for use in a stadium in Qatar. [As delineated by HKS Line]
How can fiberglass composites be used to create a multivalent lightweight structural system to facilitate the necessary functions of a roof shell?
If geometrically configured fiber glass composite surfaces are used to create lightweight shell structures, then environmental systems can combine with performative thermal modulation to create a multivalent and efficient panel system. This efficiency could be measured by the weight to mass ratio, structural proficiency, and thermal insulation effectiveness.
The engineering of long and short spans in stadia is an encumbered process, especially in terms of designing a way to hold up the weight of the mechanics as well as the structure itself. The maintenance of views for spectators is of the utmost importance – meaning the optimal stadium has no columns. Traditional roof structures are very heavy and require certain functions such as protection from the elements, lighting, and MEP. Management of solar gain and loss is necessary to keep the temperature regulated within the stadium especially within the context of HKS Line focusing on Qatar. Large energy consumption during events creates an increased need for expansion of electrical infrastructure.