Helen Fairclough - Research Student
Research Group: Computational Mechanics and Design
Research Project: Layout Optimisation For Building Structures: Novel Techniques And ApplicationsIdentifying the overall form for a structure is one of the most critical decisions in any design process. However, very few tools exist to enable designers to choose a form which is both practical and makes efficient use of materials.
My research focuses on methods to bridge the gap between theoretical minimum weight structures and the practical realities of structural engineering. This includes incorporating buildability constraints into optimisation routines, and improving the accuracy with which aspects such as self weight are modeled.