Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame

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Ashley Thrall

Office:  159 Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering

Phone:  574-631-2533

Email:  athrall@nd.edu

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Current Position
Cardinal John O'Hara Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences

Education
Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University
M.A., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University
M.S.E., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University
B.A., Physics, Vassar College

Research Interests
Ashley Thrall is currently the Cardinal John O’Hara Assistant Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences where she directs the Kinetic Structures Laboratory. Her research area focuses on numerically and experimentally understanding the behavior, design, and optimization of deploying structures with applications for the military, the developing world, and disaster relief. Recent research related to energy includes the design of a novel portable and rapidly erectable origami-inspired shelter with integrated energy planning and management, funded by the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center.

Key Words
Deployable Structures, Energy Consumption of Buildings, Design of Infrastructure for Nuclear Facilities

Relevant Energy Publications

  1. 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.
  2. 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.