Prototypes for modeling and testing

S(P)EEDKITS will use prototyping as a tool to push the development of shelter kit materials, structures and designs forward and allow for a reality check in terms of practicability, and lab-testing on materials and for assessment of the structural strength of the components, evaluation of the transportability of the specific type.

The four lab-scale prototypes for shelters types (+ packaging) will be tested, adjusted, described, characterized, and evaluated on structural safety, transportability and rapid deployment. This will happen in WP6.

Membrane structure

S(P)EEDKITS will experiment with self-supporting cladding materials, enabling shelters without heavy frames. Technologies looked into are form finding membranes, inflatable materials. It is expected that at least two prototype membranes will be developed.

Cladding materials

New multifunctional (coated) textile materials, so-called membranes to form the shells of the new shelters will be developed.
These multi-layered textile structures composed of supporting layers will exhibit targeted interactions with radiation, sound and temperature in the shelter, and exhibit superior resistance to degradation, to light, pollution and other environmental conditions.
They will provide a safe and healthy shelter for their inhabitants.
Four different membranes types will be worked on:

Research for options in design

  • The purpose of the shelter, the climates it should be suitable for, modularity, weight and costs,
  • Integration of good industrial design practices keeping in mind: how to transport, how to pack, how to erect (WP1).
  • Define the ‘architecture’ of the shelters with respect to surfaces, entrances, light, air, passage etc.

S(P)EEDKITS will present designs for the four types of shelters including the method to set-up the shelters as well as their packaging taking into account the packaging concepts from WP1.