Structural performance of aluminium members with optimised cross-sectional properties
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3 June 2019

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Structural performance of aluminium members with optimised cross-sectional properties

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Structural performance of aluminium members with optimised cross-sectional properties
Date published

3 June 2019

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This poster describes research into the performance of recently developed optimised aluminium beam and column members.

Updated 28 May 2020

This study investigates the performance of recently developed optimised aluminium beam and column members designed through an advanced structural topology optimisation technique.

Research funded by: Undergraduate Research Grant 2017/18
Poster: Alikem Adugu
Supervisor: Dr Konstantinos Daniel Tsavdaridis
University: University of Leeds

Summary:

The use of aluminium within the civil engineering industry has increased significantly due to industrial and technological developments and properties of the material itself such as its:

  • Low density – which reduces foundation loads, allows for faster erection time and reduces costs associated with the transport of members to site.
  • High recyclability – thus sustainable.

The extent of use of aluminium as a structural building material is limited due to its low elastic modulus which creates strength and stability issues. These issues can be overcome through an appropriate design of the cross-sections (i.e. provide sections with an increased weight to stiffness ratio) using structural topology optimisation techniques.

With the power of 3D printing, any kind of optimised shape can be produced.

Additional information

Format:
pdf
Pages:
1
Publisher:
IStructE

Tags

Research & Innovation Report Grants Metal Metal - aluminium

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