Nicolas Frame


First Articulation Model of Nicolas Frame Summary : We seek to maintain stability with the isostatic frame designed. To solve the problems of cracks in the structure, it is necessary to release the structure, by allowing its movement. Displacement : The phenomenon of differential settlement arises from the nature of the soil, the presence or absence of the water table and other factors. Dimensioning : The loads taken into consideration are due to the dead weight and the wind loads. It is necessary also to design the profile of the frames with the predicted displacement/ differential settlement. Modelization : A model taking into consideration the profile of the bars, the type of joints at the intersection, helps to estimate the stresses, the displacement of the structure and its deformation.

Key benefit

Solves cracks in a residential pavilion or office building, by treating differential settlement between the foundation of each support.

Material list

Kerto LVL S-beam
Kerto LVL S-column
Kerto LVL S-frame

Ecological values

Making pavilion everlasting, puzzled constructed, re-used for other projects, and by that being more sustainable.



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  • It is very interesting idea to increase the amount of hinges in frames for extra deformations. It makes the single frame unstable but in space frames allows to interlock them. As the innovation owner explains this would allow the settlement of the foundation. These seams definitely a possibility of added values as the renovations costs just from natural disasters alone are huge.
  • Dear Nicolas, I feel confused reading the description and analyzing your drawings : your idea relies on the implementations of hinges into the structure to obtain statically determined structures, isn't it? If yes, hinges such as suggested on your drawings may not be at optimal place in wood structure: it's quite rare - not to say it never happens - in timber structures, to find an hinge at the middle of a span in a frame (except maybe for cantilevers connections). In addition, it also means that other connections are moment-resisting, which is also a challenge (read: a cost-impacting solution) in Wood structures. This idea also addresses the problem of cracks: do you mean cracks into the building material (such as in concrete?), or cracks in ceilings, walls, plasterboard's...etc? So it looks to me as a good academic exercise of structural modelling, but not realistic solution for a timber-based frame structure...sorry for that.


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