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Proceedings of Building Simulation 2011: 12th Conference of IBPSA


Computer Simulation and Experimental Measurements for an Experimental PCM Impregnated Office Building

Augustin Tardieu, Sam Behzadi, John. J.J Chen

Abstract: In building construction, the use of phase change materials (PCMs) allows the storage/release of energy from solar radiation and/or internal loads. The application of such materials for lightweight construction such as wooden houses improves thermal comfort and reduces energy consumption. The objective of this paper was to show experimentally and through a computer simulation (EnergyPlus) that PCM impregnated in building walls can provide significant thermal energy storage benefits. For these simulations Paraffin (RT21) was used because of its desirable thermal and physical attributes. The results obtained clearly illustrate that the use of PCM can effectively reduce daily fluctuations of indoor air temperatures and thus reducing the need for cooling and heating devices.
Pages: 56 - 63