Mechanics of energy harvesters based on tensegrity solar facades

Raffaele Miranda, Enrico Babilio, Nidhita Singh, Diana P. Villamil, 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 and are used to direct the shading panels towards the sun. 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
Article number012003
JournalIOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 18 Dec 2020
Event7th International Conference on Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing, ICMMM 2020 - Washington, United States
Duration: 25 Sept 202027 Sept 2020


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