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
We want to cordially invite you to the opening of the exhibition “German Shells: Efficiency in Form” on Friday 24th of May at 4h30pm in the lobby of the Engineering Library in the Friend Center, Princeton University, USA.Read more
Denisa Buzatu will receive financial support from the Lewis Fund for Innovation in Energy and the Environment, administered through the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment of Princeton University to perform summer research with our group on adaptive shading modules.Read more
The theme for the 2013 exhibit is "Connections." The Art of Science exhibition explores the interplay between science and art and consists of images produced during the course of scientific research that have aesthetic merit.We hope that you will join us for the opening reception for the 2013 show on Friday, May 10, at 4:30pm in the main hallway of the Friend Center on the University campus.Read more
Glisic B., Adriaenssens S., Szerzo P. (2013). 'Structural Analysis and Physical Validation of a Smart Pantograph Mast Concept'. In: Computer Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering. DOI: 10.1111/mice.12013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjMAruO2SGA&feature=youtu.beRead more
Richardson J.N.,Adriaenssens S., Coelho R.F., Bouillard P., (2013). ‘ Coupled form finding and grid optimization approach for single layer gridshells’. In: Engineering Structures, 52, pp. 230–239, DOI 10.1016/j.engstruct.2013.02.017Read more
Adriaenssens S.,Liu H., Wahed M., Zhao Q. (2013). 'Energy and Optimization of a Traditional north-light roof on Plant Building energy Consumption'. In: Energies 2013, 6(4), 1944-1960; doi:10.3390/en6041944Read more
Richardson J.N., Adriaenssens S., Nordenson G, Labarenne R, Coelho R.F., (2012). 'Flexible optimum design of a bracing system for facade design using multiobjective Genetic Algorithms.'In: Automation in Construction. DOI 10.1016/j.autcon.2012.12018.Read more
The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment featured an article on our recent work on form optimization for environmental performance, what I like most about teaching at Princeton and our new research project Elastic Structures. http://acee.princeton.edu/news/q-a-with-professor-sigrid-adriaenssens/Read more
The Architectural Record featured an article on the Resilient City exhibit we showed at the "Global Forum on the Future of the City" in Shanghai. http://archrecord.construction.com/news/2013/02/130206-Shanghai-Forum-Explored-Cities-Through-Varied-Lenses.aspRead more
"Shaping Better Shells" on Tuesday 5th March, ETH Zurich Hönggerberg campus, Room HIL E TBD, 12:00-13:00 http://block.arch.ethz.ch/news/page=1Read more
Barnes M., Adriaenssens S., Krupka M. (2013). ‘A novel torsion/bending element for dynamic relaxation modeling’. In Computers and Structures, 19 (1), pp 60–67.Read more
Since drawing is an extension of the mind, another way of generating ideas. CEE 205 students took drawing classes in the Lewis Center for the Arts to prepare them for their design project. http://www.princeton.edu/engineering/art/Read more