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MARAS 2016 : 5th International Conference on Mobile, Adaptable and Rapidly Assembled Structures


When Sep 21, 2016 - Sep 23, 2016
Where Siena, Italy
Submission Deadline Aug 21, 2016
Categories    design   architecture   engineering

Call For Papers


Structures that move in the course of normal use, or which have to be assembled or erected rapidly on a relatively unprepared site, offer a particular challenge to the designer. The interaction between the structure and the mechanism by which it moves is essential in these cases. The speed of assembly, and what this means in terms of logistics, materials and cost, is a major factor in many such structures.

Mobile and rapidly assembled structures play a major role in disaster mitigation and temporary accommodation. They are of primary importance in many military as well as civilian applications and are widely used for rescue and maintenance services. Their importance continues to grow in contemporary society where speed of response is of primary importance. Also, in many cases, their reversible deployment and potential reuse can lead to a lower economical and ecological impact, providing a more sustainable solution. There are common problems such as the efficient design of assembly joints, the resistance to damage of the membrane and metal cladding, crashworthiness and the limits of serviceability. Some areas of the subject are already well documented, but knowledge is fragmented and there is little design guidance available in the form of textbooks, data sheets or codes of practice.

The interaction between morphology, kinematic behaviour and structural performance – typical of these structures – poses real challenges in terms of design and successful realisation. The interaction of ideas and experience during the conference may lead to new mobile structural forms and an increased awareness of the problems of rapid assembly and mobility of structures. This multi-disciplinary meeting will bring together engineers, architects and researchers concerned with the design, analysis, manufacturing and erection of rapidly assembled structures. This fifth edition follows the success of the previous conferences in this series, first organised in Southampton, followed by Seville, Madrid and Ostend.

Conference Topics:

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at MARAS 2016. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

Rapidly assembled and mobile bridges
Disaster mitigation structures
Temporary structures and dwellings
Deployable systems and structural mechanisms
Tensegrity and reciprocal frames
Origami-based folding structures
Inflated and air-supported structures and membrane shelters
Rapidly assembled kit-of-parts systems
Leisure structures, demountable grandstands and scaffolding systems
Mobile inspection platforms
Folding and telescopic masts and gangways
Rapid repairs of structures
Tower cranes and mobile lifting apparatus
Trackways and prefabricated paving for roads and airfields
Protective structures
Zero gravity structures
Construction and repair
Optimisation of transformable structures
Kinetic structures
Design for re-use
Adaptive building envelopes
Parametric analysis and design
Innovative approaches
Engineering transformation

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