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Interlocking Shell Strips Research Pavilion

The research pavilion was inspired by Diatoms. Diatoms are a unicellular type of Phytoplankton. Although they are unicellular, they can form colonies in the shapes of filaments or ribbons.
The aspect that sparked the interest to take this biological-inspired concept was, that these unicellular diatoms lock vertically, their spines act as flaps and due to the shape of their spines they can prevent horizontal displacement. With this principle in mind the students developed a interlocking plug-in system. The interlocking works vertically and the biologically-derived geometries of the flaps doesn’t allow further displacement in any other direction. No screws, bolts or other connecting elements were applied in the structure. The eight identical stripes can create different spatial configurations depending on how far they are pushed together.

Keynote Speech at Agriforvalor Brussels

Jun.-Prof. Hanaa Dahy is giving a keynote speech at the international final conference of the European Union project AGRIFORVALOR in Brussels on Friday, July 6, 2018. Discover more infos about the EU project Agriforvalor at the project website.

The conference covers potentials and opportunities of a sustainable bioeconomy and the link between bioeconomy and certain industries like the building industry. The Best Business Model Award – awarded in a ceremony at the conference – is designed and fabricated by the BioMat team! The trophy is made of a bio-based elastic fibreboard called BioFlexi developed by BioMat.

 

Hannover Messe 2018

BioMat was presenting at the Hannover Messe 2018, the worlds biggest fair for industry, investment products, research and innovation, from April 23 to April 27. At a common stand with the University of Stuttgart and the Federal State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, new sustainable material developments and outcomes of research and teaching were exhibited.

Ecobuild 2018

Materials meanings; some unexpected benefits of re-working waste material – under this title, Jun.-Prof. Hanaa Dahy will give a lecture at the Ecobuild 2018 conference at ExCeL London, 06-08 march 2018, one of the leading events for sustainability and ecological innovation in the building industry. The lecture will introduce a discussion on the application of recycled materials and innovative design and fabrication techniques for a more sustainable built environment. In the conference workshop session WasteZone, experts from the world of material invention and product design will make individual presentations about their practice and research before discussing ideas around sustainable material flows and material meanings.

Find more information on the diverse range of topics and lectures in the conference program.

Workshop with Students from CTU Prague

As part of the Material and Structure Course (MML II – Material Matter Lab) directed by Jun.-Prof. Hanaa Dahy, architects and students from CTU Czech Technical University Prague joined our students from the Bachelors and Masters program in architecture at the University of Stuttgart and 3rd semester ITECH students for a workshop in cooperation with IFB (Institute for Aircraft Design – University of Stuttgart).

Interview with BioPro Baden-Württemberg

BioPro Baden-Württemberg published an article on the development of innovative, ecological construction materials and methods at the University of Stuttgart including an interview with Jun.-Prof. Hanaa Dahy on its platform Bioeconomy BW which focuses on projects in green economy and products from biological resources.

Find the interview under this link.
For a more comprehensive coverage of the research at BioMat another article by BioPro Baden-Württemberg can be found here.

Natural resources in Architecture and Construction

Hanaa Dahy and Jan Knippers published a Chapter about Biopolymers and Biocomposites based on agricultural resides in the book ‘Cultivated Building Materials: Industrialized Natural Resources for Architecture and Construction’ from Birkhäuser in 2017.

To request the chapter, please follow the link.

Article about Biocomoposites

Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hanaa Dahy published an article about the fabrication, design and customized applicatications of Biocomposites based on annuarl renewable fibres and biopolymers. The understanding of fabrication processes with various polymers is explained, as well as the different design strategies and possibilites.

You can access the whole article with the following link.