The Argyle Beams introduces a new approach to structural elements used in construction, specifically for reinforced concrete beams. The goal is to improve their load-carrying capacity and promote sustainability and cost-effectiveness. The project focuses on the development of a cantilever beam as the primary structural element, using a novel layout that involves bending rebar with the assistance of a robot arm.
The beam structure comprises a single module arranged using predefined parametric rules and replicated through an array. Structural analysis reveals that the Bernoulli's principle applies to parts of a member where planar sections remain flat even after the application of load, while regions where the assumption of Bernoulli's principle is no longer valid are represented by "D" (discontinuity).
The fabrication methodology employed is modular, which simplifies the manufacturing and assembly of the beam components, making it more efficient and cost-effective. The final prototype underwent a meticulous fabrication process using a re-bar with a total length of 1500mm and an overlapping length of 150mm between two distinct modules. The final product is a unique cantilever beam that combines the principles of modular design with structural engineering.