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.
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.
Mirela Tumbeva awarded the WTS Chicago Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship. Congratulations Mirela!
Journal paper accepted for publication in ACI Structural Journal, Devine, RD, Barbachyn, SM, Thrall, AP, and Kurama, YC (2018) “Experimental Evaluation of Deep Beams with High-Strength Concrete and High-Strength Rebar.”
Journal paper accepted for publication in Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization: Tugilimana, A, Filomeno Coelho, R, and Thrall, AP (2018) "Including Global Stability in Truss Layout Optimization for the Conceptual Design of Large-Scale Applications."