Authors: Anand Shah
This paper showcases student's work on a papertube structure. An attempt was made to analyze and design the small scale structure and its failure mechanism was monitored. The paper presents the analysis done for the structure, its failure pattern and the key learning from the exercise. It concludes with suggestions to successfully construct such a structure. Arches being the fundamental element of the designed structure are analyzed under various geometrical and design conditions and compared in terms of reaction forces and bending moment diagrams, based upon which section requirement was decided. Strength parameters of papertube were compared to other organic materials and a concise study on construction methodology and design techniques of existing papertube structures was carried out.
Keywords: Papertubes; arches; strength; design; sustainable; student work; architecture; engineering; lightweight.