Alper Kanyilmaz

ICAR/09 - Structural engineering

Alper Kanyilmaz is an assistant professor in the Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering of Politecnico di Milano in Italy. His research goal is to explore new structural systems using steel, and contribute to the construction sector’s transition toward a digitalised and sustainable production of safe and elegant structures requiring less material and energy consumption.

He is studying the following topics:

• Automated off-site fabrication of tubular steel structures using laser cutting technology, to optimize the mechanical behaviour of joints, speed up construction, reduce costs, waste, and manual work considering the whole life cycle of a building.

• Development of innovative structural solutions using metal additive manufacturing (e.g. metal 3D printing) and bio-inspired topology optimisation methods in combination with traditional construction systems to design hybrid structures with high structural performance focusing on the structural integrity (e.g. fatigue in connections), architectural concerns and, environmental and economic impacts.

• Rapid decision-making tools and methods to conceptually design cost-efficient building structures using artificial intelligence and data-driven approaches.

• Mitigation of dynamic actions (fatigue, seismic) on steel building, storage (e.g., warehouse, industrial) and renewable energy (e.g., wind) structures, with increased lifetime, repairability, and reuse.

His research lines are constructed using both numerical and experimental methods, up to high TRL levels (e.g., pilot-scale). He organizes his research in cooperation with top scientists within an extensive international network he matured since 2010. He has been a team leader and principal coordinator in several EU research projects, cooperating with the steel construction industry, different disciplines, and worldwide research institutes. He transfers his research experience to the civil engineering and architecture students in terms of teaching, MSc and PhD thesis supervision.