Ashley P. Thrall

Myron and Rosemary Noble Assistant Professor

of Structural Engineering

University of Notre Dame
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
and Earth Sciences

Welcome!

 

The Kinetic Structures Laboratory (KSL), directed by Prof. Ashley Thrall, is devoted to analytically, numerically, and experimentally investigating the behavior of a wide variety of moving, modular, and deploying structures. Current and recent projects include designing rapidly deployable origami-inspired shelters, developing a framework for transitional bridges, and investigating prefabricated high-strength rebar systems with high-performance concrete for accelerated construction of nuclear concrete structures.

 

News:

 

Utility patent issued: Thrall, A.P., Dascanio, A.J., and Quaglia, C.P. "Deployable Portable Shelter." US Patent 9,334,645.

 

Paper accepted for publication in Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization:Tugilimana, A., Thrall, A.P., Descamps, B., and Filomeno Coelho, R. "Spatial Orientation and Topology Optimization of Modular Trusses."

 

PhD student Rob Devine has received the 2016-2017 ACI Stewart C. Watson Scholarship. Congratulations Rob!

 

PhD student Rob Devine has been awarded the Department of Energy 2016 Integrated University Program Fellowship. Congratulations Rob!

 

Undergraduate student Molly Phillips has received the 2016 Clare Booth-Luce Undergraduate Summer Research Award to perform research on "Prefabricated High-Strength Rebar Systems with High-Performance Concrete for Accelerated Construction of Nuclear Concrete Structures" project. Congratulations Molly!

 

Paper accepted for publication in Construction and Building Materials: Ballard, Z.C., Thrall, A.P., and Smith, B.J. "Behavior of Folding Sandwich Panel Structures: Impact of Ground Conditions, Anchorage, and Panel Warping"

 

Paper accepted for publication in ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering: Ballard, Z.C., Gerbo, E.J., Thrall, A.P., and Smith, B.J. "Behavior of Sandwich Panels in a Deployable Structure"

 

Paper accepted for publication in Automation in Construction: Tumbeva, M.D., Wang, Y., Sowar, M.M., Dascanio, A.J., and Thrall, A.P. "Quilt Pattern Inspired Engineering: Efficient Manufacturing of Shelter Topologies"

 

Paper accepted for publication in ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering: Gerbo, E.J., Casias, C.M., Thrall A.P., and Zoli, T.P. "New Bridge Forms Composed of Modular Bridge Panels."

 

Manuscript accepted for publication in ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering: Ballard, Z.C., Thrall, A.P., Smith, B.J., and Casias, C.M. "Impact of Hinged Connectors on Sandwich Panel Behavior."

 

University of Notre Dame features origami shelter project through website and video.

 

Dr. Thrall has been named endowed faculty in the College of Engineering.

 

Department of Energy funds new project: "Pre-fabricated High-Strength Rebar Systems with High Performance Concrete for Accelerated Construction of Nuclear Concrete Structures."

 

Mirela Tumbeva and Yao Wang join the Kinetic Structures Laboratory. Welcome Mirela and Yao!

 

Casey Casias successfully passed her Comprehensive Master's Examination. Congratulations, Casey!

 

Paper accepted for publication in Engineering Structures: Alegria Mira, L., Filomeno Coehlo, R., Thrall, A.P., and De Termmerman, N. "Parametric Evaluation of Deployable Scissor Arches."

 

Paper accepted for publication in Engineering Optimization: Alegria Mira, L., Thrall, A.P. and De Temmerman, N. "The Universal Scissor Component: Optimization of a Reconfigurable Component for Deployable Scissor Structures."

 

Lara Alegria Mira successfully defended her Ph.D. Congratulations Dr. Alegria Mira!

 

Maddy Sowar awarded Department of Defense Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship. Congratulations, Maddy!

 

Paper accepted for publication in Energy and Buildings: Quaglia, C.P, Yu, N., Thrall, A.P., and Paolucci, S. "Balancing Energy Efficiency and Structural Performance through Multi-objective Shape Optimization: Case Study of a Rapidly Deployable Origami-inspired Shelter."

 

PhD student Evan Gerbo and undergraduate researcher Maddy Sowar join the Kinetic Structures Lab. Welcome Evan and Maddy!

 

Paper accepted for publication in Engineering Structures: Quaglia, C.P, Dascanio, A.J., and Thrall, A.P. "Bascule Shelters: A Novel Erection Strategy for Origami-Inspired Deployable Structures"

 

Chad Quaglia successfully passed his Comprehensive Master's Examination. Congratulations, Chad!

 

Prof. Thrall awarded an NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant to study Transitional Bridging.

 

Hoberman Sphere at the Liberty Science Center (top), Willis Avenue Bridge (middle), and Tipi (bottom).