The University of Sheffield
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Design Synthesis Of Frames: Application Of Adaptivity

Supervisor: Prof Matthew Gilbert

Conceptual design is often considered by structural engineers to be one area in which automation by computers is impossible. However with the advent of topology optimization techniques it is now clear that a key element of the conceptual design stage has the potential to be automated. Over the past decade topology optimization techniques have developed rapidly, and algorithms are now integrated into some of the industry standard analysis/design packages used by mechanical and product designers. This project is concerned with the development of efficient adaptive methods applicable to trusses, with the ultimate aim of developing robust tools which can be applied by structural engineers and architects to the initial design of structures such as space frames roofs and pylons.

This project is NOT FUNDED, although Departmental/University scholarships are available for applicants who can demonstrate strong evidence of research potential.

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