A step towards the future
In 2018, we supported the Collaborative Research Centre 1244 of the University of Stuttgart in the development of the world's first adaptive high-rise building by providing 24 hydraulic cylinders. At the demonstrator high-rise building, the active adaptation of the building to changing environmental influences under real conditions is investigated in order to research the potential of mass reduction in the supporting system. Our hydraulic cylinders, in conjunction with the sensors, form the “muscles” of the building. The sensors record the load condition of the building. By means of appropriate control concepts, the reaction of the muscles is initiated. Thereby it is possible to reduce the load on the supporting structure for static and dynamic loads significantly. As a result, the structure can be designed up to 30% lighter and the lifespan can be increased by a factor of 2.2 compared to the lightweight version. Thus, scarce resources can be saved, as it is possible to reduce the demand for building materials. This is an important contribution to achieving the climate targets.
Image: © University of Stuttgart, Uli Regenscheit
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