The conformity heuristic is compared to the actual structural performance of topologies in a variety of structural design problems. The results demonstrate a general correlation between the conformity heuristic and structural efficiency.
Presented use cases demonstrate the value of the conformity heuristic over finite element analysis in evaluating intermediate design steps. The interactive and visual feedback provided by conformity make it a valuable new concept to harness the structural intuition of designing with force flow in early-stage conceptual design.
Parts of the algorithm and visualization were developed as a final project for GSD6338 Introduction to Computational Design, Fall 2020, taught by Jose Luis Garcia del Castillo Lopez.
Fang, Demi, and Caitlin Mueller. 2021. “Flow-Informed Topology Design: Evaluating the Conformity of Structural Topologies with Vector Fields.” In Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium. Surrey, UK.