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Polydon is an inflatable-deployable structure demonstrator. It is interactive and offers various spatial conditions depending on the membrane folds.
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IASS Working Group 21: Advanced manufacturing and materials Form and Force Competition and exhibition of innovative lightweight structures
Polydon : a dynamic inflatable polyhedron
Léo DEMONT*,a, Félix CHAMEROYa, Clara CHOTILa, Nicolas LEDUC*,b, Cyril DOUTHE*
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*. Laboratoire NAVIER, UMR 8205, Ecole des Ponts, IFSTTAR, CNRS, UPE 6-8 Avenue Blaise Pascal, 77455, Champs-sur-Marne, France,
a. Dynamorphe, 21 Rue Tandou 75019, Paris, France, dynamorphe@gmail.com
b. ENS Architecture Paris Malaquais, 14 rue Bonaparte, 75006, Paris, France
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Description
Polydon is a dynamic inatable structure that can
expand gradually from 3.8 to 4.7m large. Its de-
ployable membrane is pressured by a fan and
a rope-pulley system adjusts the membrane’s
shape by pulling fold vertices. Thus, Polydon of-
fers various spatial conditions, depending on
the membrane fold state dened by the user.
Design intention
Dynamorphe [1] has previously investigated interactive deployable-inatable structures
with Diodon, using Ron Resch’s triangular deployable origami pattern [2]. The present
pavilion investigates non-developable deployable membranes by reinterpreting prior art
by Kovàcs et al. [3] exploring mechanics of bar-hinge expandable polyhedral structures.
Figure 3. Isometric cut view of Polydon.
Modeling
Starting from a regular dodecahedron, Poly-
don has been added folded tucks [4] and
adapted to t architectural and fabrication
constraints. Base face is enlarged to improve
spatial comfort, while most folds are opti-
mized for developability and facet planarity.
Figure 4. Ron Resch’s origami pattern and Diodon. Figure 5. Kovàcs expandable dodecahedron and
Polydon.
Figure 6. Modelling steps.
Deployable membrane
Adjustable rope-pulley platform
fan
Detailing
Membrane is made of
sewn exible sheet mate-
rials. Its folding is ensured
by rigidication with FRP
rods fastened into sewed
sleeves. It is pressured
by a small 50W domestic
fan. The membrane sup-
port is a steel pipe frame
assembled with tubular
connections. Membrane
weight is 25kg, ove-
rall weight is 175kg.
Figure 1. Polydon expansion.
References
[1] Dynamorphe collective webpage: http://dyna-
morphe.fr/projets.html
[2] R. Resch, «The topological design of sculptural and
architectural systems», Proceedings of the June 4-8,
1973, national computer conference and exposition
,pp. 643-650, 1973.
[3] F. Kovács, T. Tarnai, P. Fowler and S. Guest, «A
class of expandable polyhedral structures», Interna-
tional Journal of Solids and Structures, vol. 41, no.
3-4, pp. 1119-1137, 2004. Available: 10.1016/j.ijsols-
tr.2003.09.046 [Accessed 8 March 2019].
[4] T. Tachi, «Designing Freeform Origami Tessella-
tions by Generalizing Resch’s Patterns», Journal of
Mechanical Design, vol. 135, no. 11, 2013. Available:
10.1115/1.4025389.
Figure 2. Sewing plan.
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«A class of expandable polyhedral structures
  • F Kovács
  • T Tarnai
  • P Fowler
  • S Guest
F. Kovács, T. Tarnai, P. Fowler and S. Guest, «A class of expandable polyhedral structures», International Journal of Solids and Structures, vol. 41, no. 3-4, pp. 1119-1137, 2004. Available: 10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2003.09.046 [Accessed 8 March 2019].
Designing Freeform Origami Tessellations by Generalizing Resch's Patterns»
  • T Tachi
T. Tachi, «Designing Freeform Origami Tessellations by Generalizing Resch's Patterns», Journal of Mechanical Design, vol. 135, no. 11, 2013. Available: 10.1115/1.4025389.