Ashley P. Thrall, Ph.D.

Myron and Rosemary Noble Associate Professor

of Structural Engineering

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

Ashley P. Thrall

The Kinetic Structures Laboratory (KSL), directed by Dr. Ashley P. Thrall, is dedicated to investigating the behavior, design, and optimization of kinetic civil infrastructure utilizing analytical, numerical, and experimental approaches. Kinetic bridges, shelters, and buildings include modular systems, which are rapidly movable and deployable. Current and recent projects include designing rapidly deployable origami-inspired shelters, developing new approaches to rapidly erectable bridge systems, performing topology optimization on modular structures, and investigating prefabricated high-strength rebar systems with high-performance concrete for accelerated construction of nuclear concrete structures. Applications of this research include military operations, disaster relief, and accelerated construction of civil infrastructure.

Highlighted Project:


Novel Deployable Origami Shelters with Integrated Energy Planning and Management

The KSL designed, analyzed, and experimentally tested an origami-inspired shelter, including a full-scale demonstration. See feature website and more information in the Research section of this website.




Journal paper accepted for publication in Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization: Tugilimana, A, Filomeno Coelho, R, and Thrall, AP (2017) "Including Global Stability in Truss Layout Optimization for the Conceptual Design of Large-Scale Applications."


Journal paper accepted for publication in ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering: Gerbo, EJ, Wang, Y, Tumbeva, MD, Thrall, AP, Smith, BJ, and Zoli, TP (2017) "Behavior of an Adjustable Bolted Steel Plate Connection during Field Installation."


Journal paper accepted for publication in ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering: Tugilimana, A, Thrall, AP, and Filomeno Coelho, R (2017) "Conceptual Design of Modular Bridges including Layout Optimization and Component Reusability."