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Ashley P. Thrall

Ashley Thrall

Contact Info

Email: athrall@nd.edu
Phone: 574-631-2533
Office: 159 Fitzpatrick Hall
Website: http://www.nd.edu/~athrall

Affiliations

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences Cardinal John O'Hara Assistant Professor
College of Engineering Cardinal John O'Hara Assistant Professor

Summary of Activities/Interests

Dr. Thrall’s primary research interest is the design and optimization of kinetic structures. Her Ph.D. dissertation, entitled "Design and Optimization of Linkage-Based Movable Bridge Forms," focused on developing new forms for movable bridges utilizing linkages as the main structural and kinematic elements. At Notre Dame, Dr. Thrall and her Kinetic Structures Laboratory are investigating the behavior, design, and optimization of a wide variety of kinetic 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.

Education

Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University (2011)

M.A. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University (2009)

M.S.E. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University (2008)

B.A. Physics, Vassar College (2004)

Biography

Fellowships, Honors, and Awards:

National Science Foundation Early Faculty Career Development (CAREER) Award
SEI Young Professional Structures Congress Scholarship (2012)
International Association of Shells and Spatial Structures Hangai Prize (2011)
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Structural Engineering Traveling Fellowship (2011)
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2008-2011)
Norman J. Sollenberger Fellowship (2010)
Vassar College Graduation with Departmental Honors (2004)
Vassar College Graduation with General Honors (2004)
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship (2003)
Honor Societies: Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society

Recent Journal Publication

Martinez-Martin, Francisco J. and Ashley P. Thrall. “Honeycomb Core Sandwich Panels for Origami-Inspired Deployable Shelters: Multi-objective Optimization for Minimum Weight and Maximum Energy Efficiency,” Engineering Structures, In press.

Alegria Mira, Lara., Ashley P. Thrall and Niels De Temmerman. “Deployable Scissor Arch for Transitional Shelters.” Automation in Construction, In press.

Russell, Brittani. R., Ashley P. Thrall, Joseph A. Padula, and Jimmy E. Fowler. “Re-Conceptualization and Optimization of a Rapidly Deployable Floating Causeway.” ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, In press.

Thrall, Ashley P., Ignacio Paya-Zaforteza, James K. Guest, and Sigrid Adriaenssens. "Structural Optimization of Deploying Structures Comprised of Linkages."ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, In press.

Thrall, Ashley P. and Chad P. Quaglia. 2014. "Accordion Shelters: A Historical Review of Origami-like Deployable Shelters Developed by the US Military." Engineering Structures, 59: 686-692.

Russell, B.R. and Ashley P. Thrall. 2013. "Portable and Rapidly Deployable Bridges: Historical Perspective and Recent Technology Developments." ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, 18(10): 1074-1085.

Thrall, Ashley P., David P. Billington, and Kyrsten L. Brea. 2012. "The Maria Pia Bridge: A Major Work of Structural Art." Engineering Structures 40: 479-486.

Thrall, Ashley P., Sigrid Adriaenssens, Ignacio Paya-Zaforteza, and Theodore P. Zoli. 2012. "Linkage-Based Movable Bridge Forms: Design Methodology and Three Novel Forms." Engineering Structures 37: 214-223.

Thrall, Ashley, P. 2011. "Shape-Finding of a Deployable Structure Using Simulated Annealing." Journal of the International Association for Shells and Spatial Structures (IASS) 52(4): 241-247.

Thrall, Ashley P. and Maria E.M. Garlock. 2010. "Analysis of the Design Concept for the Iglesia de la Virgen de la Medalla Milagrosa." Journal of the IASS 51: 27-34.

Thrall, Ashley P. and David P. Billington. 2008. "Bayonne Bridge: The Work of Othmar Ammann, Master Builder." ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering 13: 635-643.

Lombardi, James C. Jr., Ashley P. Thrall, Julia S. Deneva, Scott W. Fleming, and Paul E. Grabowski. 2003. "Modelling Collision Products of Triple-Star Mergers." Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 345: 762-780.

Recent Conference Papers and Presentations

Alegria Mira, Lara, Niels De Temmerman, and Ashley P. Thrall. 2013. "Construction of a Deployable Scissor Arch for Shelters."  Presented at Transformables 2013, Seville, Spain.

Martinez-Martin, Francisco, J. and Ashley P. Thrall. 2013. "Minimum Weight Optimization of Honeycomb Core Sandwich Panels for Origami-Inspired Shelters." Presented at the World Congress on Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, Orlando, Florida, May 19-24.

Russell, Brittani R. and Ashley P. Thrall. 2013. "Cross-section Optimization of a Rapidly Deployable Causeway System." Presented at the World Congress on Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, Orlando, Florida, May 19-24.

Thrall, Ashley P., Sigrid Adriaenssens, Ignacio Paya-Zaforteza, and Theodore P. Zoli. 2012. “A Linkage-Based Movable Bridge Form: Design and Optimization.”  Presented at the annual meeting for the ASCE Structures Congress, Chicago, Illinois, March 29-31.

Thrall, Ashley P. 2011. "Shape-Finding of a Deployable Structure Using Simulated Annealing." Paper presented at the annual meeting for the IASS, London, United Kingdom, September 20-23.

Thrall, Ashley P., Sigrid Adriaenssens, and Theodore P. Zoli. 2011. "Applications of Linkages for Movable Bridge Design." Abstract presented at the Structural Morphology Group International Seminar, London, United Kingdom, September 17-18.

Thrall, Ashley P. and Ignacio Payá-Zaforteza. 2010. “Optimization of a Deploying Pantograph Structure Using Heuristic Algorithms.”  Paper presented at the annual meeting for the IASS, Shanghai, China, November 8-12.

Thrall, Ashley P., David P. Billington, and Theodore P. Zoli. 2010.  “Analysis of Eiffel’s Maria Pia Bridge.” Paper presented at the annual meeting for the ASCE Structures Congress, Orlando, Florida, May 12-15.

Thrall, Ashley P. and David P. Billington. 2009. “A Study of the Evolution of Arch Forms: Eiffel’s Maria Pia Bridge and Ammann’s Bayonne Bridge.”  Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the New York City Bridge Conference, New York, New York, August 17-18.

Thrall, Ashley P., Maria E.M. Garlock, and David P. Billington.  2008.  “Analysis of Iglesia de la Medalla Milagrosa.”  Paper presented at the annual meeting for the IASS, Acapulco, Mexico, October 27-31.