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ULTRA-LIGHTWEIGHT STRUCTURES WITH INTEGRATED PHOTOVOLTAIC SOLAR CELLS: DESIGN, ANALYSIS, TESTING AND APPLICATION TO AN EMERGENCY SHELTER PROTOTYPE

Reference: 314891

Call: FP7-SME-2012

Theme: research for the benefit of smes

Scientist: Roberto Scotta

Department: Civil, Environmental and Archi- tectural Engineering

UNIPD: participant

Total cost: 1,386,650 €

Eu Funding: 1,045,000 €

Email: roberto.scotta@unipd.it

Project Description

The introduction of new technologies in the fabrication of light-weight high-performance materials for civil-engineering applications opens many new possibilities for the design of extremely lightweight structures. In particular, the inclusion of photo-voltaic cells together with the use of carbon-fiber cables will allow new design concepts combining an extreme lightness with an excellent structural performance while preserving the sustanability. Even if the new technology constitutes a potential breakthrough, in order to allow a successful impact on the market the properties of the novel materials need to be investigaded in detail so to understand their behaviour with respect to fatigue, aging, or other long-term effects. The wide adoption of such new solutions, will on the other hand imply the definition of an improved computer-based design approach. New tools will be needed to allow modeling to structural behaviour of ultra- lightweight structures and to realize them in conceptual designs. 

Partners

Coordinator: Buildair Ingenieria y Arquitectura Sa

Participants: Naizil Spa, Sl Rasch GmbH Special & Lightweightstructures, Reglass Spa, Centre Internacional de Metodes Numerics en Enginyeria, Technische Universität München, Università degli Studi di Padova