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Ashley Thrall

Ashley P. Thrall

Myron and Rosemary Noble Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences

Myron and Rosemary Noble Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering
College of Engineering

Email: athrall@nd.edu

Phone: 574-631-2533

Office: 159 Fitzpatrick Hall

Education

Ph.D, 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 Publications

Alegria Mira, L., Filomeno Coelho, R., Thrall, A.P. and De Temmerman, N. (2015) "Parametric Evaluation of Deployable Scissor Arches." Engineering Structures, 99, 479-491.

Alegria Mira, L., Thrall, A.P., and De Temmerman, N. (2015) "The Universal Scissor Component: Optimization of a Reconfigurable Component for Deployable Scissor Structures," Engineering Optimization, In press.

Quaglia, C.P., Yu, N., Thrall, A.P., and Paolucci, S. (2014). “Balancing Energy Efficiency and Structural Performance through Multi-objective Shape Optimization: Case Study of a Rapidly Deployable Origami-inspired Shelter,” Energy and Buildings, 82, 733-745.

Quaglia, C.P., Dascanio, A.J., and Thrall, A.P. (2014) "Bascule Shelters: A Novel Erection Strategy for Origami-Inspired Deployable Structures," Engineering Structures, 75, 276-287.

Martinez-Martin, F.J. and Thrall, A.P. (2014) “Honeycomb Core Sandwich Panels for Origami-Inspired Deployable Shelters: Multi-objective Optimization for Minimum Weight and Maximum Energy Efficiency,” Engineering Structures, 69, 158-167.

Alegria Mira, L., Thrall, A.P., and De Temmerman, N. (2014) “Deployable Scissor Arch for Transitional Shelters.” Automation in Construction, 43, 123-131.

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

Russell, B.R.,Thrall, A.P., Padula, J.A., and Fowler, J.E. (2014) “Re-Conceptualization and Optimization of a Rapidly Deployable Floating Causeway.” ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, 19(4), 04013013, 9 pages.

Thrall, A.P., Zhu, M., Guest, J.K., Paya-Zaforteza, I., and Adriaenssens, S. (2014) "Structural Optimization of Deploying Structures Comprised of Linkages."ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, 28(3), 04014010, 11 pages.

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

Thrall, A.P., Billington, D.P., and Brea, K.L. (2012) "The Maria Pia Bridge: A Major Work of Structural Art." Engineering Structures 40, 479-486.

Thrall, A.P., Adriaenssens, S., Paya-Zaforteza, I., and Zoli, T.P. (2012) "Linkage-Based Movable Bridge Forms: Design Methodology and Three Novel Forms." Engineering Structures 37, 214-223.

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

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

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

Lombardi Jr., J.C., Thrall, A.P., Deneva, J.S., Fleming, S.W. and Grabowski, P.E. (2003) "Modelling Collision Products of Triple-Star Mergers." Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 345, 762-780.

Recent Conference Papers and Presentations

Gerbo, E.J., Casias, C.M., Thrall, A.P., and Zoli, T.P. (2015) "Shape Optimization of a Bowstring Truss for Transitional Bridging." Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference, Stanford, California.

Tugilimana, A., Fiomeno Coelho, R., and Thrall, A.P. (2015) "Structural Optimization of Standardized Trusses by Dynamic Grouping of Modules." World Congress on Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, Sydney, Australia.

Ballard, Z.C., Thrall, A.P., and Smith, B.J. (2015) "Measured and Numerical Behavior of an Origami-Inspired Shelter during Deployment." ASCE Structures Congress, Portland, Oregon

Quaglia, C.P. and Thrall, A.P. (2014) "Shape Optimization of an Origami-inspired Deployable Shelter for Minimum Deflections." International Association for Shells and Spatial Structures Symposium, Brasilia, Brazil.

Alegria Mira, L., Thrall, A.P., and De Temmerman, N. (2014) "Non-linear Analysis of Deployable Structures Comprised of Optimized Universal Scissor Components." International Association for Shells and Spatial Structures Symposium, Brasilia, Brazil.

Quaglia, C.P., Ballard, Z.C., and Thrall, A.P. (2014) "Parametric Modelling of an Air-Liftable Origami-Inspired Deployable Shelter with a Novel Erection Strategy." 4th International Conference on Mobile, Adaptable and Rapidly Assembled Structures, Ostend Belgium.

Alegria Mira, L., Filomeno Coelho, R., De Temmerman, N., and Thrall, A.P. (2014) "Evaluation of Design Parameters for Deployable Planar Scissor Arches." 4th International Conference on Mobile, Adaptable and Rapidly Assembled Structures, Ostend Belgium.

Alegria Mira, L., De Temmerman, N., and Thrall, A.P. (2013) "Construction of a Deployable Scissor Arch for Shelters."  Transformables 2013, Seville, Spain.

Martinez-Martin, F.J., and Thrall, A.P. (2013) "Minimum Weight Optimization of Honeycomb Core Sandwich Panels for Origami-Inspired Shelters." World Congress on Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, Orlando, Florida.

Russell, B.R. and Thrall, A.P. (2013) "Cross-section Optimization of a Rapidly Deployable Causeway System."  World Congress on Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, Orlando, Florida.

Thrall, A.P., Adriaenssens,S., Paya-Zaforteza, I., and Zoli, T.P. (2012) “A Linkage-Based Movable Bridge Form: Design and Optimization.”  ASCE Structures Congress, Chicago, Illinois.

Thrall, A.P. (2011) "Shape-Finding of a Deployable Structure Using Simulated Annealing." International Association for Shells and Spatial Structures Symposium, London, United Kingdom.

Thrall, A.P., Adriaenssens, S., and Zoli, T.P. (2011) "Applications of Linkages for Movable Bridge Design." Structural Morphology Group International Seminar, London, United Kingdom.

Thrall, A.P. and Payá-Zaforteza, I. (2010) “Optimization of a Deploying Pantograph Structure Using Heuristic Algorithms.” International Association for Shells and Spatial Structures Symposium, Shanghai, China.

Thrall, A.P., Billington, D.P. and Zoli, T.P. (2010) “Analysis of Eiffel’s Maria Pia Bridge.” ASCE Structures Congress, Orlando, Florida.

Thrall, A.P. and Billington, D.P. (2009) “A Study of the Evolution of Arch Forms: Eiffel’s Maria Pia Bridge and Ammann’s Bayonne Bridge.” New York City Bridge Conference, New York, New York.

Thrall, A.P., Garlock, M.E.M., and Billington, D.P. (2008)  “Analysis of Iglesia de la Medalla Milagrosa.”  International Association for Shells and Spatial Structures Symposium, Acapulco, Mexico.

Summary of Activities/Interests

The Kinetic Structures Laboratory, 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

Origami-inspired Shelters Could Serve Military, Disaster Relief Efforts

August 10, 2015

A team of Notre Dame engineers had a clear goal: design a shelter that could be quickly deployed in the field but also reduce fuel consumption in heating and cooling.

Young Faculty Named to Endowed Positions

July 20, 2015

David B. Go, associate professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering and concurrent associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Ashley P. Thrall, assistant professor of civil & environmental engineering & earth sciences, have been named endowed faculty in the College of Engineering.

Building the Next Generation of Safety-Related Reinforced Concrete Structures for Nuclear Power Plants

June 26, 2015

Stronger, faster, more reliable — those are the three key words used in a recently funded grant proposal to the Department of Energy (DOE) for the development of advanced reinforced concrete technologies to accelerate construction schedules, reduce costs and build safer nuclear power plants.

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