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Preliminary Study of Passive Cooling Strategy Using a Combination of PCM and Copper Foam to Increase Thermal Heat Storage in Building Facade

  • Mohd Hafizal Mohd Isa

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    (Laboratory of Building Environmental Engineering, Department of Architecture and Building Science, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University, 1201, 6-6-11 Aoba, Aramaki-Aza, Aobaku, 980-8579, Sendai, Japan)

  • Xudong Zhao

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    (Department of Built Environment, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK)

  • Hiroshi Yoshino

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    (Laboratory of Building Environmental Engineering, Department of Architecture and Building Science, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University, 1201, 6-6-11 Aoba, Aramaki-Aza, Aobaku, 980-8579, Sendai, Japan)

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    The innovation of phase change material (PCM) for thermal heat storage is one sustainable passive strategy that can be integrated into building designs. This research was conducted to study and evaluate the performance of the existing materials integrated with PCM and to propose a design strategy that would improve the system. This research suggested copper foam as a medium to be integrated with microencapsulated PCM. Applications of these combined materials will benefit the industry by improving indoor environments and by delivering sufficient thermal comfort for residents as in the case study of the existing 1.6 million terrace houses in Malaysia.

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    Volume (Year): 2 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 8 (July)
    Pages: 2365-2381

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    Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:2:y:2010:i:8:p:2365-2381:d:9080
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