The question should not be “can this structure be built” but rather “should it be built”? Or in addition to safety, stability, serviceability, are elegance, efficiency and economics also taken into account as key factors in the structural design process? An approach that comprises all these parameters requires out-of-the-box thinking for each design project. Civil engineers should use knowledge, ability, experience, fantasy and intuition to find an optimal and unique structural shape for a given set of boundary conditions.
The search for the optimal durable shape is the recurring theme of our research group. Our projects include structural optimization techniques for complex curved surfaces driven by digital fabrication techniques, development of new structural systems, interaction between tension structures and shaping elements and finally restoration and upgrading methodologies for historic “form follows force” structures with a permanent focus on life cycle thinking.
Please feel free to get in touch if you are interested in pursuing collaboration.
Prof. S. Adriaenssens
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Streeter, M; Rhode-Barbarigos, L; Adriaenssens, S. (2014). ‘Form finding and analysis of inflatable dams using dynamic relaxation’. In: Appl. Math. Comput. doi:10.1016/j.amc.2014.12.054Read more
Halpern, A., B.; Adriaenssens, S. (2014). ‘Nonlinear Elastic In-Plane Buckling of Shallow Truss Arches.’ In: ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)BE.1943-5592.0000725Read more
Halpern, A.B., Adriaenssens, S., "In-plane optimization of truss arch footbridges using stability and serviceability objective functions", (2014) Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization,DOI 10.1007/s00158Read more
We have been awarded the Wilke Family Fund. Our research, positioned at the intersection of computer graphics, architectural design and structural engineering, brings together existing technologies in an innovative daylight harvesting surface.Read more
The Danish Agency for Science Technology and Innovation has awarded our proposal to form an interdisciplinary partnership between researchers from USA, Republic of Korea and Denmark, and to create a platform for knowledge sharing of state-of the-art research in design of spatial adaptable rapidly erectable building systems.Read more
The Mc Graw Center for Teaching and Learning has invited me to become a Faculty Fellow. The Fellows convene their colleagues from across the campus for discussions about teaching and learning, and participate in other events and workshops around pedagogy. I am delighted to be part of this initiative!Read more
Bob Skelton, Professor from UC San Diego will give a talk about his work on tensegrity and control design. Join us Thursday 20th November 4h30pm in Bowen Hall, Auditorium 222Read more
Knut Stockhusen, an architectural engineer from the Schlaich Bergermann Partnership, will talk about the new materials (membrane, ETFE) and systems (spoke wheel principle) brought into Brazil for the 2014 World Cup Stadia as well as the challenges arising from language, cultural disparities, “tropicalisation” and differences in the design process. Nov 21, 2014 11am -12pm Mc Cormick Hall 106Read more
Yousef Anastas developed the concept of the Variable Stiffness Lattice (VSL) in our Lab. The VSL skin system relies on novel design simulation and fabrication processes that explore elastic deformation mechanisms found in nature. Check out this video. http://vimeo.com/109607861Read more
Based on the research of Mariam Wahed's senior thesis, Mariam and I wrote a comparative chapter on Pier Luigi Nervi football stadia for the catalogue of the exhibition: Pier Luigi Nervi, football stadia. The book is available and the exhibition opens on the 14th of November in the Urban Center in Bologna.Read more
With great pleasure and enthusiasm, I have accepted the position of editor of the International Journal of Space Structures as from January 2015 onwards. The aim of the journal is to provide an international forum for the interchange of information on all aspects of analysis, design and construction of space structures.Read more
We have been invited to have a panel discussion about "Stadium Cultures in North and South America", organized by the Princeton Mellon Forum for Research on the Urban Environment. Join Bruno Carvalho (Spanish/Portuguese), William Gleason (English) and myself in this conversation on Monday 29th Sept, SoA 107 at 12.Read more
To show that stadia are key to the preservation and future of common life, I have invited Don Worth to give a talk about Miami Marine Stadium (FL, USA) in the ARC510 class on Friday 26th at 10h30am in Marx Hall 101. Join us of you can.Read more