Glazing components are the most challenging element of the building envelope system. The insertion of a Phase Change Material coupled with a thermotropic layer is herewith proposed as an innovative solution aimed at improving the energy performance of the fenestration. The intention is to increase the dynamic features of glazing systems and to enhance their capability of exploiting solar energy – a crucial feature in nearly Zero Energy Buildings. The paper presents the experimental analysis of two prototypes of such a glazing concept and the assessment of their energy performance during the warm season. The samples are installed on an outdoor thermostatic cell facing south, together with a reference triple glazed unit, and continuous measurements of temperatures, irradiances and heat fluxes are performed. In the summer season, when the aim of the glazing system is to reduce the solar gain and to allow daylighting the energy performance is very promising. When compared to the reference technology, both the prototypes are able to reduce to a great extend the direct transmitted solar energy, as well as to smooth the peak indoor surface temperature of the glazing. In particular, one of the two configurations lowers down the solar energy gain under all boundary conditions, while the other configuration presents a slightly worse performance than the other prototype when high solar irradiation occurs. An attempt to measure the thermal transmittance was also carried out and it is shown that the insertion of PCM does not increase the U-value of the component.
Experimental Analysis of an Advanced Dynamic Glazing Prototype Integrating PCM and Thermotropic Layers / Goia, Francesco; Bianco, Lorenza; Cascone, Ylenia; Perino, Marco; Serra, Valentina. - In: ENERGY PROCEDIA. - ISSN 1876-6102. - ELETTRONICO. - 48(2014), pp. 1272-1281.
|Titolo:||Experimental Analysis of an Advanced Dynamic Glazing Prototype Integrating PCM and Thermotropic Layers|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2014|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2014.02.144|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|