Linkage Fabric Behavior Modeling: A Case Study of Chainmail
A single sheet of chainmail, made up of one half million interlocking rings, acts as a double-curved, tensioned linkage fabric wrapping the newly opened Kukje Art Center in Seoul. This paper discusses the geometric behavior of chainmail, the detailing implications of this behavior, and the digital modeling process developed to capture chainmail’s behavioral tendencies as it negotiates the building’s geometry. A full scale mockup of a building elevation was used to evaluate three digital modeling approaches: a serial node arraying approach, a particle spring system approach, and a relaxation algorithm approach.
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