The Hybrid Clover Structure is composed of ceramic and polymeric material tubular components, by means of AM. Polymeric part works as the fitting element.

Two different fitting elements: one responsible to connect two ceramic parts and another one that could connect three parts.

Clover Structure in curved and Y configurations.

Locking occurs through macrostructural mechanical adhesion.

Research team: António Pontes and Paulo Cruz (coordination); Álvaro Sampaio, Ana Rita Gonçalves, Bruno Figueiredo and João Carvalho  (design and development). 

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