Research Repository

See what's under the surface


Optical aspects and energy performance of switchable ethylene-tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) foil cushions (2018)
Journal Article
Flor, J., Liu, D., Sun, Y., Beccarelli, P., Chilton, J., & Wu, Y. (2018). Optical aspects and energy performance of switchable ethylene-tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) foil cushions. Applied Energy, 229, (335-351). doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2018.07.046. ISSN 0306-2619

A pneumatic multilayer foil construction with a kinetic shading mechanism has the potential to be an effective response to dynamic climatic factors, such as solar radiation, and therefore moderate the energy consumption of buildings. A parametric stu... Read More

Performance analyses of temporary membrane structures: energy saving and CO2 reduction through dynamic simulations of textile envelopes (2018)
Journal Article
De Vita, M., Beccarelli, P., Laurini, E., & De Berardinis, P. (2018). Performance analyses of temporary membrane structures: energy saving and CO2 reduction through dynamic simulations of textile envelopes. Sustainability, 10(7), doi:10.3390/su10072548. ISSN 2071-1050

The aim of this research, carried out in collaboration with Maco Technology Inc., was to analyse the energy performance of temporary textile structures that are often used to host itinerant events. This paper illustrates the dynamic simulations carri... Read More

Dynamic environmental control mechanisms for pneumatic foil constructions (2017)
Journal Article
Flor, J., Wu, Y., Beccarelli, P., & Chilton, J. (2017). Dynamic environmental control mechanisms for pneumatic foil constructions. E3S Web of Conferences, 22, doi:10.1051/e3sconf/20172200048. ISSN 2267-1242

Membrane and foil structures have become over the last decades an attractive alternative to conventional materials and building systems with increasing implementation in different typologies and scale. The development of transparent, light, flexible... Read More

Engineering and fabrication of the “Off the Cuff” pavilion, Fuorisalone 2017, Milan (2017)
Conference Proceeding
Beccarelli, P., & Maffei, R. (2017). Engineering and fabrication of the “Off the Cuff” pavilion, Fuorisalone 2017, Milan

The paper presents the engineering and fabrication of the “Off The Cuff” pavilion designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro for the exhibition “A Matter of Perception: LINKING MINDS” organised by DAMNº and Mosca Partners at Palazzo Litta for the FuoriSalo... Read More

Design and manufacturing of the Linko demountable fabric pavilion for the motorsport sector (2016)
Journal Article
Beccarelli, P., & Maffei, R. (2016). Design and manufacturing of the Linko demountable fabric pavilion for the motorsport sector. Procedia Engineering, 155, doi:10.1016/j.proeng.2016.08.035. ISSN 1877-7058

This paper offers a detailed overview of the design and manufacturing aspects faced during the design and construction of the temporary pavilion for Linko Resources Ltd. The pavilion has been designed for the motorsport season 2015 and is based on be... Read More

MULTITEXCO - high performance smart multifunctional technical textiles for tensile structures (2016)
Journal Article
Heyse, P., Buyle, G., & Beccarelli, P. (2016). MULTITEXCO - high performance smart multifunctional technical textiles for tensile structures. Procedia Engineering, 155, doi:10.1016/j.proeng.2016.08.002. ISSN 1877-7058

In recent years, the textile industry developed a new generation of advanced textile materials for the construction sector designed to address the needs of one of the largest markets for textile products. Examples of the advanced textiles developed i... Read More

Applicability of flexible photovoltaic modules onto membrane structures using grasshopper integrative model (2016)
Journal Article
Ibrahim, H., Wagdy, A., Beccarelli, P., Carpenter, R., & Chilton, J. (2016). Applicability of flexible photovoltaic modules onto membrane structures using grasshopper integrative model. Procedia Engineering, 155, doi:10.1016/j.proeng.2016.08.041. ISSN 1877-7058

The potentials of integrating thin-film photovoltaic technology into buildings make it the recommended renewable energy source not only for traditional architectures, but also the most innovative applications that favour envelopes characterized by fr... Read More

Thermal and optical analysis of a passive heat recovery and storage system for greenhouse skin (2016)
Journal Article
Liu, X., Gao, H., Sun, Y., Wu, Y., Martin, B., Chilton, J., …Lau, B. (2016). Thermal and optical analysis of a passive heat recovery and storage system for greenhouse skin. Procedia Engineering, 155, doi:10.1016/j.proeng.2016.08.050. ISSN 1877-7058

The thermal performance of a greenhouse can be greatly affected by the thermal and optical properties of its envelope system. In this study, a novel skin for greenhouse consisting of ethene-co-tetrafluoroethene (ETFE) membrane and Phase Change Materi... Read More

An evaluation of thermal and lighting performance within an ETFE structure (2016)
Book
Martin, B. A., Masih, D., Lau, B., Beccarelli, P., & Chilton, J. (2016). An evaluation of thermal and lighting performance within an ETFE structure. In M. Dastbaz, & C. Gorse (Eds.), Sustainable ecological engineering designSpringer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-32646-7_5

This paper reports on a study into the thermal and lighting environment of an enclosed Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) foil-covered structure. This is based on the on-site monitoring over set periods of time in summer 2014 and winter 2015. ETFE-f... Read More

A new generation of temporary pavilions based on Tensairity® girders (2015)
Journal Article
Beccarelli, P., Maffei, R., Galliot, C., & Luchsinger, R. (2015). A new generation of temporary pavilions based on Tensairity® girders. Steel Construction, 8(4), 259-264. doi:10.1002/stco.201510036

This paper provides a detailed overview of the design and construction of a series of temporary pavilions based on the Tensairity® principle. The pavilions are currently used in the Superbike racing category (Ducati Superbike Team), for the Audi tron... Read More

Designing with membranes (2015)
Book
Beccarelli, P. (2015). Designing with membranes. In L. Spinelli, A. Zanelli, C. Monticelli, & P. Pedrali (Eds.), Lightweight landscape: enhancing design through minimal mass structuresSpringer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-21665-2_2

This contribution offers an introduction to membrane structures and the experimental approach which has characterised this building system since its origins. In particular, the chapter offers an overview of the design approach currently adopted for... Read More

Single-board microcontrollers applied to biaxial tests for architectural membranes (2015)
Conference Proceeding
Beccarelli, P., Martin, B., Lau, B., Chilton, J., Bonardi, S., & Maffei, R. (2015). Single-board microcontrollers applied to biaxial tests for architectural membranes

The last decade has been characterised by the progressive development of several biaxial testing equipment and procedures for the mechanical characterisation of coated fabrics. The few standards available in this field led to the development of sever... Read More

Biaxial testing for fabrics and foils: optimizing devices and procedures (2015)
Book
Beccarelli, P. (2015). Biaxial testing for fabrics and foils: optimizing devices and procedures. Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-02228-4

This book offers a well-structured, critical review of current design practice for tensioned membrane structures, including a detailed analysis of the experimental data required and critical issues relating to the lack of a set of design codes and te... Read More