PHYSICAL FUNICULAR VAULTS

The Physical Funicular Vaults have been submitted and all that that is left is the completion of the Physical Gothic Vault.  The Formwork for the Physical Gothic Vault is due next week, 12/02.

WE WILL MEET AT THE ME SHOP TO CAST OUR FORMS!!!

Below are a few Hydrocal Casting Rules as well as an image of your funicular vaults.  photo

HYDROCAL CASTING

WARNING: DO NOT USE OR DUMP ANYTHING WITH HYDROCAL IN IT DOWN THE SINK. THIS WILL RUIN THE PLUMBING. USE THE FIVE GALLON BUCKETS AS A HAND WASHING STATION .

Preparing the mold
1. Using blue foam, MDF, or plywood, construct the formwork for you module.
2. Before attaching separate pieces, consider lining any surface that will be in contact with the hydrocal with packing tape. Or a lubricant like cooking spray. This will produce a smoother finish and aid in removing the mold from the formwork.
3. When attaching separate pieces, make sure they are as flush as possible .
4. Attach pieces to each other using screws. Putting a small amount of caulk at the joint of the pieces will help.
5. Once all of your pieces are together, carefully fill any gaps on the outside of the formwork to prevent seeping. Do not put any caulk on the interior of your mold unless you are intentionally attempting to affect the cast with it. Allow enough time for the caulk to dry.

Mixing Hydrocal
1. Prepare your casting space with the proper materials.
2. Fill one five gallon bucket with water for hand washing.
3. The ratio for mixing hydrocal is 2 par ts hydrocal, 1 part water. Using the red solo cups, measure 2 parts of water into the 1 gallon bucket.
4. Slowly add 1 part hydrocal and sift in with your hands. DO NOT STIR. Let the hydrocal sink to the bottom. If you stir you will have a weak mixture because some of the hydrocal will calcify, potentially causing small breaks.
5. Let hydrocal sit for 2-5 minutes until the water absorbs it. A smoother mixture is achieved by letting it sit because the calcifying does not start until you mix it. The smaller the mixture the less time it needs to sit.
6. After letting it sit, mix with your hand or stir stick. Be sure to scrape the sides and the bottom.

Casting Formwork with Hydrocal
1. When using cooking spray, USE SPARINGLY AS IT CAN CA USE DISCOLORATION . Stay away from butter or other flavored Pam.
2. Slowly pour the hydrocal into your formwork as evenly as possible.
3. Once you have finished pouring the hydrocal you can scrape the formwork with a metal scraper to create smooth edge.
4. Be sure to pour your cast over a tarp, plastic , etc. ; your mold may leak

Clean up
1. Allow hydrocal to settle in the bottom of the buckets and as a group we (Jessica and Sara) will help with disposal.

PHYSICAL VAULTS

The Physical Funicular Vault will be due in class next week, Tuesday 11.25.

Next week, we will discuss the vaults and move on to the Physical Gothic Vault.  For the second half of class, we will be in the shop.  If you need to use the laser cutter, the CNC router, etc. have your files ready.

If you are ready to pour, please let me know ahead of time so that I may bring materials.

PHYSICAL VAULTING PROJECT

The project brief for the Physical Vaulting Project  has been posted.  You will be constructing a Funicular Vault individually or in pairs in addition to a Gothic Vault as a class.

We will use Matt Sjurseth’s Gothic Digital Vault (I will email this to you).  The team assignments for the Gothic Vault are as follows:
– Centering: Jordan L. & Godwin A.
– Bosses/Keystones – Trans,. Long., Diag. Ribs: Teresa H. & Amanda J.
– Bosses/Keystones – Tierceron Ribs: Neil R. & Tom B.
– Voussoirs – Trans,. Long., Diag. Ribs: Shawn B. & Ethan M.
– Voussoirs – Tierceron Ribs: Alejandro M. & Chris S.
– Tas-de Charges: Matt S., Emily H., Ryan C., Kristie M.

NO CLASS NEXT WEEK – IT IS VETERAN’S DAY!!!

Construction of the Gothic Vault- Fall 2013
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RHINOVAULT AND FUNICULAR VAULTING DIGITAL PROJECT

The FA 2014_ARCH 332 Building Shop_Updated Schedule has been added to the website along with the two (2) Readings for next week.

For Week Ten, Tuesday October 28th, you must complete the two readings and the first part of the Funicular Digital Vaulting Project, Translating the Gothic Vault. 

Below are some examples of RhinoVault tests from 2013.  Through comparative analysis, they illustrate what is working and what may not be working in the iterations produced.  See 05 _Funicular Vaulting Examples for the complete pdf download.Lecture 5_Contemporary Vaulting Examples

1- A consistent series of studies: Though the dimension strings should be in the same place and the scales are not EXACTLY the same, the views show a level of consistency.

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2- How the force diagram works: The location of the circles and their corresponding numbers indicate where the supports are located.  The arches radiate from a point in the force diagram.

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3- How the force diagram works: If you compress the point from which the forces splay out in the force diagram (arch), then the arches will shorten or compress correspondingly.

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4- How the force diagram works: Lengthening the segments in the middle of the force diagram is the same as adding more weight to the crown of the arch.  To compensate, a kink or “rib” is place in the center.

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5- A non-working opening: Simply removing segments from the Thrust Network Diagram may place the vault out of horizontal equilibrium.

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6- A working opening: Forces must flow around the opening.

GOTHIC DIGITAL VAULTING PROJECT DUE

The Gothic Digital Vaulting Project is due tomorrow 10.14.2014.  Be sure to complete everything in the project brief.  The presentation  Critiques of the Gothic System & the Geometry of the Funicular Vault  has been posted to the website.

During class tomorrow, we will be watching “Forms and Forces” and an updated schedule will be distributed in class.  No readings are due for tomorrow.

 

 

You do not need to read anything for tomorrow

TYPOLOGIES OF THE GOTHIC VAULT

QUIZ!!! Next week Tuesday, 09.30.2014
mMAS Design + Research_Pecha Kucha Vol. 103LOCATIONS OF GOTHIC VAULTS THROUGHOUT EUROPE

Next week we will have a QUIZ on the material we have covered thus far in the class as well as the John Fitchen Book.  You will need to know the parts of the Gothic Arch and Gothic Vault and answer 6-10 multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank questions.

Study from the lectures.  All three (3) lectures as well as the Gothic Digital Vaulting Project have been posted to the website with attached links.