I am a PhD student and I carry out research in tall timber buildings. I like the working interface of Karamba/Grasshopper and the speed of calculation of the finite elements by Karamba (the reason for this impressive speed is another good question if you can answer).
Before I embark into a Karamba adventure I need to ensure that I can do everything I need with the software, and after playing around with a simple structure the default components are not really convincing me. The potential for scripting stuff into it however sounds like a solution and I would like to know if anyone in here has succeeded in modelling the following:
- Accounting for the anisotropic behaviour of timber as a material (not enough material parameters given in the inputs), or engineered wood product properties, like Glulam and CLT.
- Creating iteration loops, for example for Monte Carlo Simulations (that could be scripted I am sure).
- Accounting for material non-linearities, for example by inputting a stress-strain graph instead of a single value in the rotation stiffness Cr of a hinge.
- Accounting for dynamic effects when it comes to sudden changes in a system, for example the speed of a forced displacement, or removal of a member or support.
If you have managed the above, please do let me know. I just want to know if they are possible and if they are, is it worth it? My other options are of course Matlab, RFEM, Robot, etc.
Many thanks in advance,