Structural Evolution: Ansys and Rhino

2 07 2009

While I was at IaaC i chose for my thesis to create an evolutionary algorithm which transforms a simple rectangular shaped bridge into a muscular form. The algorithm was implemented using Rhinoscript  and Ansys to create a looping program that would iteratively transform a surface based on its localized stress values.  The script would import the stress data from Ansys via text files and either thicken or thin the form at each of its nodes.

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The result of 19 iterations is the form which is seen below alongside of images of the original and final forms.

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In the end the resultant form used less material and displayed a much higher and more evenly distributed factor of safety.

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