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Complex adaptive systems, parametric modelling based on set rules and generalized beam theory addressed to multi-scale optimization of steel cold-formed structures

Grant number: 14/14957-8
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2015
Effective date (End): February 29, 2016
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Architecture and Town Planning - Architecture and Urbanism Technology
Acordo de Cooperação: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal Investigator:Maria Gabriela Caffarena Celani
Grantee:Juarez Moara Santos Franco
Host Institution: Faculdade de Engenharia Civil, Arquitetura e Urbanismo (FEC). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


This postdoctoral project follows the general objectives of the thematic project Contemporary Architecture and Automation, supervised by Gabriela Celani from FEC-Unicamp: "implementing, in specific cases, the concepts of parameterization and automation of the design process, file-to-factory customization and mass production of the building or components". This proposal is linked to the recently approved project Complex Adaptive Systems and Rule-Based Design: applications in architecture and urban design, supervised by the same investigator and addressed to scientific collaboration with University of Melbourne. The present investigation project is addressed to complement and deep understanding of applicant's research in doctoral and postdoctoral level, developed at the Civil Engineering Program, COPPE - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. The main topics include integration of four investigation branches, usually related to distinct computational platforms: (i) computational tools in geometric modelling based on set of rules (CAD), (ii) Artificial Intelligence, (iii) structural analysis applied to steel structures (CAE) and (iv) scientific visualization. This project expects to integrate three new investigation branches: (i) feasibility of geometries designed by Artificial Intelligence through computational tools for numerical control (CAM), (ii) modal identification of buckling modes by the General Beam Theory, addressed to components and (iii) development of new methods for structural optimization based on Complex Adaptive Systems. It aims to promote an interdisciplinary debate between Architecture, Civil Engineering and Computer Science, focused on the application of recent developments in computational mechanics to Brazilian Steel Architecture. (AU)

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