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Opportunities and challenges for structural engineering of digitally fabricated concrete

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Digital fabrication technologies utilizing concrete (DFC) have recently enabled form freedom for the production of a variety of concrete-made objects having mainly architectural and aesthetic functions. Structural elements or civil/building structures made by DFC demonstrate a high engineering potential, mainly for tailoring the final shape while optimising the structural/functional performance, material use, overall costs, and architectural effectiveness. However, the design of structurally efficient DFC constructions or components is often faced with a lack of a common structural engineering approach that can adapt to specific DFC particularities. In this paper, we provide a systematic overview of a number of DFC structural projects developed thus far. A comprehensive discussion about structural engineering details is provided, addressing the related fundamental structural issues and envisioning opportunities and challenges toward achieving the full potential of DFC.
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Digital fabrication with concrete, Structural engineering, Construction projects, Design with DFC, 3D PRINTED CONCRETE, TOPOLOGY OPTIMIZATION, MECHANICAL PERFORMANCE, CONSTRUCTION, DESIGN, TECHNOLOGY, FORMWORK, TRENDS

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Menna, Costantino, et al. “Opportunities and Challenges for Structural Engineering of Digitally Fabricated Concrete.” CEMENT AND CONCRETE RESEARCH, vol. 133, 2020, doi:10.1016/j.cemconres.2020.106079.
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Menna, C., Mata-Falcón, J., Bos, F. P., Vantyghem, G., Ferrara, L., Asprone, D., … Kaufmann, W. (2020). Opportunities and challenges for structural engineering of digitally fabricated concrete. CEMENT AND CONCRETE RESEARCH, 133. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cemconres.2020.106079
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Menna, Costantino, Jaime Mata-Falcón, Freek P. Bos, Gieljan Vantyghem, Liberato Ferrara, Domenico Asprone, Theo Salet, and Walter Kaufmann. 2020. “Opportunities and Challenges for Structural Engineering of Digitally Fabricated Concrete.” CEMENT AND CONCRETE RESEARCH 133. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cemconres.2020.106079.
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Menna, Costantino, Jaime Mata-Falcón, Freek P. Bos, Gieljan Vantyghem, Liberato Ferrara, Domenico Asprone, Theo Salet, and Walter Kaufmann. 2020. “Opportunities and Challenges for Structural Engineering of Digitally Fabricated Concrete.” CEMENT AND CONCRETE RESEARCH 133. doi:10.1016/j.cemconres.2020.106079.
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Menna C, Mata-Falcón J, Bos FP, Vantyghem G, Ferrara L, Asprone D, et al. Opportunities and challenges for structural engineering of digitally fabricated concrete. CEMENT AND CONCRETE RESEARCH. 2020;133.
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C. Menna et al., “Opportunities and challenges for structural engineering of digitally fabricated concrete,” CEMENT AND CONCRETE RESEARCH, vol. 133, 2020.
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  keywords     = {Digital fabrication with concrete,Structural engineering,Construction projects,Design with DFC,3D PRINTED CONCRETE,TOPOLOGY OPTIMIZATION,MECHANICAL PERFORMANCE,CONSTRUCTION,DESIGN,TECHNOLOGY,FORMWORK,TRENDS},
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