Crystallized is a project that seeks to develop a fabrication method of crystallization that would capitalize on the stiff properties of crystals while maintaining flexibility using a loose reinforcement material. By investigating various reinforcement and matrix combinations, the research led to determine a working combination of Aluminum Potassium Sulfate as the matrix behind the composite, and cotton thread as the reinforcement. Although not so reinforcing by definition, the cotton thread provided optimal conditions for the compound’s molecules to form and crystallize around, thus providing the stiff and load bearing aspect of the composite. The design revolved around creating as much interaction and thread intersections to force the crystallization into creating a rigid structure that can withstand the maximum possible load.
Students:Talal Ammouri, Jemma Jamin, Vaia Tsiokou
Tutor: Piotr Baszyński, Sophie Luz
Suprevisor: Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Arch. Hanaa Dahy
Design Studio: Material and Structure, WS 19/20, University of Stuttgart.