Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Basento Viaduct Simulation

[Kangaroo Simulation of the Basento Viaduct Structure designed by Sergio Musmeci]

Italian Engineer Sergio Musmeci's design for the Basento Viaduct (completed 1969) utilized a method of form-finding based on the stretching of tensile fabric to develop an optimized shape which was then constructed out of a continuous concrete shell structure. This methodology arrives at a form which presumably distributes stress more evenly than a more typical trussed or arched system.  The resulting viaduct structure creates fascinating interstitial spaces between the concrete membrane and the viaduct that it supports. Please visit the Funambulist post on the bridge to explore photos of the realized structure. Also see Arturo Tedeschi's version of the simulation.