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Woven Light: Design of a Solar Fiber Tension Structure Shade Prototype Using Fiber Optic Strands

The Woven Light: Design of a Solar Fiber Tension Structure Shade Prototype Using Fiber Optic Strands project is to design a 1: 1 scaled prototype for a solar photovoltaic [PV] fiber tension shade using polymer fiber optic strands to understand what the problems and potential for PV fibers in fabrics. The research questions our team is engaged in answering are what fabric geometries and electronic configurations work best for solar energy gathering with PV strands to be used for a tension shade structure in the landscape? While it is clear that the PV strands augment the function of the shade, what other functions may be accommodated with these PV’s and electronic set up? How can these strands function in a designerly way? The research objective of this project is to understand the potential and problems encountered using a PV fiber in a solar tension shade to be used in a tension shade. The Woven Light team is an interdisciplinary team of faculty and graduate students from architecture, landscape architecture and architectural engineering. Other disciplines, such as chemistry and electrical engineering will be joining our team as the research moves into different phases of completion. Our team would welcome and energetic undergraduate researcher who can help drive our research goals above and make their own contribution and mark on the work that is produced.

Website: https://stuckeman.psu.edu/faculty/felecia-davis
Number of undergraduates needed: 1-2
Minimum qualifications: Open. Required qualifications depend upon the contribution the student would like to make to our team research goal.

Contact Info

Felecia Davis
418 Stuckeman Family Building
Arts and Architecture
814.863.2452
fadav@psu.edu
Architecture