Paper-based water tower for post-disaster emergency scenarios

M. Morales-Beltran, P. Eigenraam, J. Latka

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This article describes a collaborative and interdisciplinary initiative aiming the design, optimization, and construction of a water tower prototype for the victims of a natural disaster. The students of Architecture of Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland, were challenged to use paper tubes to provide a design solution with enough strength to be used in a post-earthquake scenario. After the initial designs, seismic response of the proposed towers was evaluated using a custom-made shaking table. The selected tower was then studied parametrically to obtain the most suitable geometry, in terms of preventing overlapping of building parts and easiness of construction. The final three-day intense process of construction and assembling of a 1:3 scale tower prototype provided the researchers and students with insights about connection details when using paper tubes. The initiative continues to explore the potential of applying pro-ecological material for temporary facilities covering basic needs after natural disasters.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Engineering Materials, Structures and Systems: Innovations, Mechanics and Applications
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 7th International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation (SEMC 2019), September 2-4, 2019, Cape Town, South Africa
EditorsAlphose Zingoni
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherCRC Press / Balkema - Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-429-42650-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-38696-9
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventThe Seventh International Conference On Structural Engineering, Mechanics And Computation - Southern Sun Cape Sun Hotel, Capetown, South Africa
Duration: 2 Sept 20194 Sept 2019


ConferenceThe Seventh International Conference On Structural Engineering, Mechanics And Computation
Abbreviated titleSEMC 2019
Country/TerritorySouth Africa
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