Published August 23, 2021 | Version v1
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Description of the origami waterbomb cell kinematics as a basis for the design of thin-walled oricrete shells

  • 1. Institute of Structural Concrete, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • 2. Chair for Algebra and Representation Theory, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • 3. School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, University of Plymouth, UK


We present an exact algebraic solution to model waterbomb tessellations. Given the design parameters of a single waterbomb cell we can determine the global geometry of the tessellated shell directly. Thereby the preliminary design of thin-walled folded shells with load carrying function can be streamlined. The primary focus of the paper is on symmetric folding with first steps taken to consider asymmetric folding.



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