Aerodynamic mitigation of origami-inspired building structures subjected to hurricane wind loads

Christopher Wheatley, Morgan Baumann, Mariantonieta Gutierrez Soto

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Natural hazards are among the largest construction challenges today. By taking dynamic building envelopes designed using origami and kirigami principles, a more comprehensive structure can be built to sustain impacts by high winds. By combining a wind tunnel for small-scale simulation of hurricane conditions and computational analysis for full-scale buildings, a comparison can be made to find differences between experimental data collected and the results from computational fluid dynamics simulations. Results show that by increasing the number of facets at an angle to wind flow and decreasing the size of the facets, the size of the body direct to wind flow can be minimized and wind resistance can be decreased.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBehavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials XIV
EditorsRyan L. Harne
ISBN (Electronic)9781510635319
StatePublished - 2020
EventBehavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials XIV 2020 - None, United States
Duration: Apr 27 2020May 8 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceBehavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials XIV 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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