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Proceedings of BSA Conference 2017: Third Conference of IBPSA-Italy


Buildings Integrated Phase Change Materials: Modelling and Validation of a Novel Tool for the Energy Performance Analysis

Giovanni Avagliano, Annamaria Buonomano, Maurizio Cellura, Vasken Dermardiros, Francesco Guarino, Adolfo Palombo

Abstract: In this paper a novel dynamic energy performance simulation model for the Phase Change Materials (PCM) analysis is presented. The model is implemented in a suitable computer code, written in MatLab and called DETECt, for complete building energy analyses. In the presented model, the “effective specific heat” method is implemented. Here, the specific heat of each PCM layer changes as a function of the system phase and temperature in both melting and freezing processes. A model validation is carried out by comparing numerical results vs. measurements obtained at Solar Laboratory of Concordia University (Montreal, Canada). The simulation model allows exploring the potential of PCMs to increase the thermal inertia of building envelopes and to assess the effects/ weight of several design parameters (e.g. PCMs melting temperature, etc.) on the building heating and cooling energy demand and on the related thermal comfort. In order to show the potentiality of the presented simulation model, suitable case studies referred to residential and office buildings, to three different weather conditions and to two alternative PCM layouts in the building envelope, are developed.
Pages: 459 - 467