R&D project funded by BMBF - Zwanzig20 – Partnership for Innovation within the consortium smart3

Team: Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Christiane Sauer, Dipl.-Des. Ebba Fransén Waldhör, Dipl.-Ing. Maxie Schneider

Partners: Facade-Lab GmbH (Project Coordinator) Fraunhofer IWU, Carl Stahl ARC GmbH, Verseidag-INDUTEX GmbH, ITP GmbH, SGS Engineering GmbH

ADAPTEX was honored by Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat - CTBUH at conference in Chicago as the 2022 Award of Excellence Winner in the Innovation category.
Dynamic textiles enabling adaptive architectural components

The research project Adaptex investigates the potential of using the shape-changing material Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) in an adaptive sun shading textile for architecture. By incorporating SMA as an actuator into a textile membrane, the permeability of the surface can adapt in response to temperature changes in the immediate environment. The aim is to create a responsive textile system that prevents the interior of a building from overheating, without the need of electricity or external controlling mechanisms. The light and flexible structure allows for applications in new building construction as well as in energetic refurbishment.