Computational modeling of the mechanics of energy harvesters based on tensegrity solar façades

Raffaele Miranda, Enrico Babilio, Narinder Singh, Filipe Santos, Fernando Fraternali

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This work is focused on the computational design of tensegrity shading systems of energy efficient buildings which mitigate air conditioning consumption and optimize the energy performance of the building. It is concerned with the design of active solar façade screens based on lightweight tensegrity units, which are easily integrated with energy harvesting piezoelectric cables. The unit cells of the analyzed screens are controlled by tensioning and releasing selected cables of the structure. A numerical procedure simulates the dynamics of the analyzed tensegrity façades, by considering the opening and closure motions of the screens, and the vibrations produced by the action of dynamic wind forces. The energy harvesting ability of the proposed façade is numerically estimated.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
JournalWorld Congress in Computational Mechanics and ECCOMAS Congress
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event14th World Congress of Computational Mechanics and ECCOMAS Congress, WCCM-ECCOMAS 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 11 Jan 202115 Jan 2021


  • Dynamic solar façades
  • Mechanical energy harvesters
  • Tensegrity structures


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