Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Design of Complex and Origami Structures

ME 59700 / 3 Cr. (3 Class)

This course introduces principles in art and engineering analysis and optimization with focus on design of complex, irregular (organic), free-form, and origami structures. This course provides a sound grasp of structural analysis and design optimization methods, the origami arts, and fundamental creative strategies used in the design thinking process.




After completing this course students should be able to:

  • Predict strains and stresses in structures subjected to mechanical loads.
  • Apply form-finding approaches to the design of structural layouts.
  • Explain the mathematical and physical principles for the design of origami structures.
  • State and solve structural optimization problems using mathematical programming.
  • Explain the effect of manufacturing, material, and design in the structure’s lifecycle and sustainability
  • Numerical modeling and analysis of trusses, beams, and shells
  • Physical modeling and form finding methods
  • Origami structures
  • Model-based design
  • Design and analysis of computer experiments
  • Structural optimization methods