Breathing panel: responsive active ventilation system
Automated ventilation systems are usually complex building features. Moving elements require motors that add cost, weight and energy consumption to the construction, while they are often significant in size, reducing the structure’s visual delicacy.
Smart materials are here to change this paradigm and open the path towards a new architecture.
The breathing panel is a low cost, lightweight, durable and efficient modular ventilation panel. It uses a shape memory alloy wire to create an opening equal to 35% of the panel’s total area.
Sensor and actuation implementation make the panel responsive. Actuation is triggered either according to environmental data (temperature, humidity, wind etc) or on demand, via an iOS application and wireless communication.
[ Project conducted during a Master's course in IAAC univercity, Barcelona 2014. Team members: Aidonis Dimitrios, Giombattista Areddia, Apostolos Marios Mouzakopoulos ]