Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

2017 Student Research Funding Winner
October 19, 2017

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The Council is pleased to announce the winning entry for the CTBUH Student Research Competition, kindly sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories. The winning research, entitled “An Innovative Tall Building Façade to Achieve High Ventilation, Fire Safety, and Structural Performance,” was submitted by Andrea Giachetti, a PhD student at Università degli Studi di Firenze, who will be working under Gianni Bartoli, an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The goal of the competition is to assist talented students, overseen by an instructor, in focusing on a relevant research question within the 2017 theme of “Tall Building Performance.”
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Working with the academic advisor, Andrea will pursue research exploring safe building envelopes, where energy efficiency, acoustic insulation, and fire safety can be accomplished without sacrificing aesthetic qualities. Through a series of wind tunnel tests on scaled models, the pressure and forces that a complex, permeable building envelope can experience will be identified.
Wind tunnel test of Shanghai Tower performed in March 2009. © RWDI

Finally, the test results will be analyzed with the view to determine a curtain wall topology that can reduce both wind loads and fire hazards.

The winning research will be recognized at the CTBUH 2017 Conference, and the team will receive an award of $20,000 to pursue their work.