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Professor Hoshyar Nooshin


Emeritus Professor of Space Structures
BSc, DIC, PhD, CEng, FIStructE
+44 (0)1483 689251
32 AA 03

Academic and research departments

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Biography

My publications

Publications

S BEHNEJAD, GAR ALIREZA, H PARKE, NOOSHIN (2017)Sphere Packing for Regularisation of Lattice Domes
S. ALIREZA BEHNEJAD, G A R PARKE, Hoshyar NOOSHIN (2015)Teaching Spatial Structures: Who to Teach, What to Teach and How to Teach, In: Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium 2015

The Space Structures Research Centre of the University of Surrey, UK, has been active in offering courses on spatial structures since its establishment in 1963. The courses vary from a day workshop on ‘Design, Assemble and Dismantle a Full-scale Prefabricated Lattice Spatial Structure’ for secondary school students to a core module of the master degree course in structural engineering entitled ‘Space Structures’. Specifically, details about this Space Structures module are discussed in the paper. However, brief explanations about some other courses organised by the Centre are also included.

O Baverel, H Nooshin, Y Kuroiwa, GAR Parke (2000)Nexorades, In: International Journal of Space Structures15(2)pp. 155-159

The objective of this paper is to discuss the characteristics of a family of space structures that are referred to as 'nexorades'. Typically, a nexorade is constructed from scaffolding tubes, connected together with swivel couplers. An important application of nexorades is for shelters of various sizes and shapes for temporary or permanent purposes. In such a shelter, the structural skeleton is provided by a nexorade and the cover is provided by a membrane material.

H Nooshin, P Disney (2001)Formex Configuration Processing II, In: International Journal of Space Structures161pp. 1-56 Multi Science Publishing
H Nooshin, P Disney (2000)Formex Configuration Processing I, In: International Journal of Space Structures151pp. 1-52 Multi Science Publishing
H Nooshin, OA Samavati (2016)Some Morphological Aspects of Configurations, In: Proceedings of IASS Annual Symposia 2016
Hoshyar Nooshin (2017)Formex configuration processing: A young branch of knowledge, In: International Journal of Space Structures32(3-4)pp. 136-148 SAGE Publications

The term ‘configuration’ refers to an arrangement of parts. For example, the elements of a structure constitute a configuration and so do the atoms of a molecule and the components of an electrical network. The most common usage of the term configuration is in reference to geometric compositions that consist of points, lines, surfaces and so on. The term ‘configuration processing’ refers to the skill of dealing with creation and manipulation of configurations. In particular, the term ‘formex configuration processing’ implies configuration processing with the aid of ‘formex algebra’. Formex algebra is evolved to perform processes needed for configuration processing, just as the ordinary algebra is evolved to perform operations needed for creation and manipulation of numerical models. The term ‘formex’ is derived from the word ‘form’ and it is meant to imply a ‘representation of form’. This article has two main objectives. The first objective is to provide a general feeling of how the elements of formex algebra perform configuration processing. This objective is achieved through simple examples, without involvement in too many details. It will be seen that working with parameters is a natural characteristic of formex configuration processing. Thus, a formex solution is, normally, for a class of problems rather than an individual one. This would allow consideration of different variants of a configuration by simply changing the values of the parameters. It will also be seen the ease with which freeforms can be created. The coverage also includes information about ‘Formian’ which is the name of the computer software for formex configuration processing. The second objective of this article is to record the story of the development of formex algebra from the beginnings in the mid-1970s to the middle of the second decade of the 21st century, covering some 40 years of development. Formex configuration processing is an effective and elegant conceptual tool for generation and manipulation of forms. However, there are also other approaches to configuration processing. In particular, there are now a number of highly successful software systems for configuration processing using various tactics. Formex algebra will be a natural complement for these systems.

S Alireza BEHNEJAD, Gerard PARKE, Hoshyar NOOSHIN (2013)Member Length Regularity of Lattice Domes, In: Symmetry: Art and Science(1-4)pp. 54-57

The objective of this paper is to investigate the member length regularity of lattice domes. Also, a recently developed configuration for lattice domes generated by Surface Sphere Packing technique is compared to five other lattice dome configurations.

S ALIREZA BEHNEJAD, G A R PARKE, HOAHYAR NOOSHIN (2013)Sphere Packing for Regularisation of Lattice Domes, In: Beyond the Limits of Man. Proceedings of the IASS 2013 Symposium, 23-27 September 2013, Wroclaw, Poland.
H Nooshin, O Samavati, A Sabzali (2016)Basics of Formian-K Formexia

Preface: Formian is the name of a software system that is ideally suited for generation of shapes and forms of all kind. The term ‘Formian’ is meant to imply the ‘language of form’. The software has a convenient algebraic structure and this provides a powerful basis for creation of generic (parametric) formulations that embodies all the necessary geometric details. Formian may be used for ‘configuration processing’ (that is, creation and processing of forms) in any discipline. In particular, Formian has been used extensively for generation and processing of spatial structural forms. The concepts on which Formian is based are evolved during the past 40 years with the concepts being further enriched continuously. This is a feature of algebraic concepts that with application they continue to grow and become more mature. There have been a number of versions of Formian used over the years, but the version that has been employed in the recent years is called Formian-2. A new version of the software is now available which is referred to as Formian-K. This new version is completely rewritten and, while providing many powerful new features, it is quite convenient to use. The material in the present document provides a concise description of the structure of Formian-K. However, regarding the description of the aspects that are similar to Formian-2, reference is often made to Formian-2 literature for detailed explanation.

HOAHYAR NOOSHIN, PETER DISNEY (2001)Formex Configuration Processing II, In: International Journal of Space Structures16(1)pp. 1-56 Multi-Science Publishing co. ltd.

This is the second paper in a series of papers that are intended to provide a comprehensive coverage of the concepts of formex configuration processing and their applications in relation to structural configurations. In the present paper, attention is focused on the configuration processing for a number of families of space structures, namely, pyramidal forms, towers, foldable systems and diamatic domes. Also included is a section on information export as well as an Appendix on basic formex functions. The section on information export describes the manner in which the information about the details of a configuration, generated by the programming language Formian, can be exported to graphics, draughting and structural analysis packages.

HOAHYAR NOOSHIN, PETER DISNEY (2000)Formex Configuration Processing I, In: International Journal of Space Structures15(1)pp. 1-52 Multi-Science Publishing co. ltd.

This is the first paper in a series of papers that are intended to cover the present state of knowledge in the field of formex configuration processing. This field of knowledge has been developed during the last three decades and has now reached a level of maturity that makes it an ideal medium for configuration processing in many disciplines. In particular, it provides a rich assortment of concepts that are of great value to the engineers and architects involved in the design of space structures.

HOAHYAR NOOSHIN, PETER DISNEY (2002)Formex Configuration Processing III, In: International Journal of Space Structures17(1)pp. 1-50 Multi-Science Publishing co. ltd.

This is the third paper in a series of papers that are intended to provide a comprehensive coverage of the concepts of formex configuration processing and their applications in relation to structural configurations. In the present paper, the attention is focused on structural forms that are based on hyperbolic paraboloidal, hyperboloidal and annular surfaces. It is shown that these categories of structural forms include many exciting possibilities for lattice and shell structures. The paper also includes sections on structural forms that may be obtained from combinations of simpler forms or through certain composite transformations that are called paragenic transformations.

H Nooshin, N Mohammadi, GAR Parke (2017)Regularity of Geodesic Domes