E3S Web Conf.
Volume 103, 20192019 4th International Conference on Advances on Clean Energy Research (ICACER 2019)
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Energy Efficiency Analysis|
|Published online||17 June 2019|
The Impact of Variable Thermal Conductivity of Insulation Materials on the Building Energy Performance in Hot Climate
College of Engineering, United Arab Emirates University, PO Box 15551, Al Ain, UAE
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This paper illustrates the impact of embedding an insulation layer of variable thermal conductivity in a typical building wall on the cooling effect and energy performance. The evaluation was performed by applying a conjugate heat transfer model, which was tested in extremely hot conditions of Al Ain (UAE). The thermal performance of a building incorporating insulation layers of variable thermal conductivity (k-value) was compared to a non-variable thermal conductivity system by quantifying the additional heat transferred due to the k-relationship with time. The results show that, when the k-value is a function of operating temperature, its effects on the temperature profile through the wall assembly during daytime is significant compared with that obtained when a constant k-value for the polystyrene (EPS) insulation is adopted. A similar trend in the evolution of temperatures during the day and across the wall section was observed when EPS material with different moisture content was evaluated. For the polyurethane insulation, the inner surface temperature reached 44 °C when constant k-value was adopted, increasing to 48.5 °C when the k-value was allowed to vary under the same ambient conditions.
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