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Composite Construction Laboratory (CCLAB)

PhD candidate:     Carlos Pascual Agulló
Thesis direction:     Thomas Keller, Julia de Castro
Project time line:     09.2010 – 08.2013
Research project:     Thermomechanical long-term behavior of composite sandwich structures with encapsulated photovoltaic cells.

The objective of the research is the investigation of the long-term behavior of multifunctional glass fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP) sandwich structures with encapsulated photovoltaic (PV) cells. The sandwiches are intended for use in multifunctional envelope or roof structures of low-energy buildings in tropical climates. The energy supply provided by the encapsulated PV cells presents a further step in function integration, in addition to the structural, building physics and architectural functions already provided by GFRP sandwich structures.

 Thermomechanical long-term behavior of composite sandwich structures with encapsulated photovoltaic cells



Format:     Masters--‐level architectural studio (15 students)
Professor:     Jeffrey Huang
Assistants:     Nathaniel Zuelzke, Trevor Patt, Mark Meagher, Guillaume Labelle
Main Laboratory:     Media x Design Lab (MxD) Project time line: 09.2010 – 08.2011
Research project:     Organicités: Ras Al--‐Khaimah

Ras Al-Khaimah examines novel parametric urban design methods for the ecological development of the EPFL Middle East campus. Conventional master plans typically propose a single static ‘end’ condition (at best with a few intermediate phases) derived from a top-down vision, often incapable of responding to changing micro-climatic, topographical and cultural conditions.



MSc candidate:    Fouad Aabid
Thesis direction:    J.-L. Scartezzini, C.-A. Roulet
Collaboration with R. Kriesi , F. Vigliotti
Main Laboratory:  Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory
Project time line:    11.2010  –  06.2011
Research project:   Towards a Minergie®-standard for tropical climates.

The Minergie®-standard is among the most applied building energy label in the world (about 20’000 labeled buildings in Switzerland by the end of 2010). It is obviously a strong incentive for designing low energy buildings in a perspective of climate change, as the standard not only asks for low energy consumption, but for above average comfort and competitive cost.