This thesis presents a state-of-the-art review on the 3D printing technology and its applications in construction. This technology is the computer aided design and manufacturing of objects. It is a new way of manufacturing products by layer to layer adhesion. The material can include thermoplastics, photopolymers, concrete and many other materials. The major benefit of 3D printing applications in construction is the ability to 3D print concrete without the use of formwork. The use of concrete 3D printing allows for the construction of concrete structures that are cost and time efficient. Construction of concrete 3D printing deviates from typical methods of concrete construction and therefore requires structural analysis and novel engineering design to maintain structural integrity. A review of concrete 3D printed structures that are currently being printed and how 3D printing works are presented in this thesis to allow for informed design decisions when 3D print structures. The overview of the 3D printing will also include the feasibility of 3D printing structures on planet Mars. Due to the autonomous nature of 3D printed construction, structure can be constructed on the desolate planet before astronauts arrive to Mars. The use of 3D printing has a variety of applications and can increase the efficiency of structural engineering design and construction.
|Commitee:||Qomi, Mohammad Javad, Lanning, Joel|
|School:||University of California, Irvine|
|Department:||Civil Engineering - M.S.|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 81/10(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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