Optimisation of structural form based on multiple sustainability factors

Started: October 2015

Supervisor: Dr Andrew Phillips

Industry Partner: Robert Bird Group

Description of Research

The aim of this PhD research is to investigate the multifactorial optimisation of long-span roof structures. The research is focused on stadium roofs and involves the modelling of the roof in order to optimise the design, the constructability, and temporary works requirements. The expected output is a tool that the industry can use to develop optimised structural forms in terms of cost and carbon emissions. The goal is in the future to extend the outputs to other long-span roof structures such as airports and to inform good practice guidelines. The research is being carried out in partnership with Robert Bird Group.