Graduate Seminar: Oded Amir

December 7, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Topology Optimization Procedures for the Design of Reinforced Concrete and Prestressed Concrete

 Oded Amir, Assistant Professor, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

This seminar presentation exposes two topology optimization procedures that are intended for the design of reinforced concrete and prestressed concrete structures. In the former case, the distribution of both concrete and reinforcement bars is optimized simultaneously. Concrete is modeled as a continuum exhibiting damage, into which reinforcement bars are embedded. In the latter case, the distribution of concrete and the shape of the post-tensioning tendon are optimized simultaneously. The two procedures are strongly related as they both utilize special filtering techniques that couple the optimized distribution of continuum material (concrete) to that of discrete members or segments (rebars or tendons). Finally, the challenges of practical implementation in construction and the possible extension of these topology optimization procedures to other design problems, will be discussed.

Oded Amir is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees at the Technion, specializing in Structural Engineering. Oded received his Ph.D. degree from DTU – Technical University of Denmark at 2011, after which he stayed for another year as a post-doctoral fellow at the same university. He joined the Technion at 2012 and his main research field is structural optimization, with particular focus on topology optimization techniques. He is currently a visiting scholar at UCSD, while on sabbatical from Technion.

The seminar will be held in Hackerman Hall, B-17 on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus.

All civil engineering graduate seminars are FREE and open to the public. Attendance is required for all enrolled Civil Engineering graduate students. For parking please see link for visitors at and select information on Homewood Campus.


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