Origami Shelter Project

The Kinetic Structures Laboratory (KSL, www.nd.edu/~athrall) in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences at the University of Notre Dame (ceees.nd.edu) has developed a novel deployable origami shelter with integrated energy planning and management. This research was motivated by the rising priority for reducing fuel consumption for heating and cooling military shelters. To address this need, the KSL has designed a concept for a folding, rigid wall structure inspired by the art of origami. It is comprised of sandwich panels which provide a high-strength to weight ratio and thermal insulation. The structure folds to a compact state for transportability. To develop this concept, the KSL has performed structural analysis according to design loads and optimized the shape for structural performance and energy efficiency in heating and cooling. The concept has been demonstrated through the erection of a full-scale prototype.   To see the full-scale prototype, please visit:

http://www.nd.edu/features/origami-shelter/

We regret that we won’t be able to attend the IASS 2015 Symposium, but wanted to share our latest research developments with the community.

Sincerely,

 

Ashley P. Thrall, PhD
Myron and Rosemary Noble Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
University of Notre Dame
Website: www.nd.edu/~athrall
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Postdoc Position in Kinetic Structures Laboratory

The Kinetic Structures Laboratory (www.nd.edu/~athrall) in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences at the University of Notre Dame (ceees.nd.edu) has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate.  The lab is devoted to investigating the behavior, design, and optimization of a wide variety of deploying structures. Current and recent projects including finding new forms for movable bridges, designing rapidly deployable shelters, and optimizing deployable bridges with applications for the military, the developing world, and disaster relief. A Postdoctoral Research Associate would contribute to both numerical modeling and experimental validation of ongoing projects.  Ideal candidates should have a Ph.D. in structural, mechanical, or architectural engineering.  Previous experience in one or more of the following fields is desirable, but not required: deploying structures, experimental testing, finite element modeling, and optimization.  The position is open until filled, but interested candidates are encouraged to apply by June 30th.  Candidates interested in this position can apply by email with a detailed resume and contact information for three references to:

Dr. Ashley Thrall

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences

University of Notre Dame

159 Fitzpatrick Hall,

Notre Dame, IN 46556

athrall@nd.edu