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Experimental investigation of the influence of temperature on thermal conductivity of multilayer reflective thermal insulationAuthor(s): Zoltán Pásztory; Tibor Horváth; Samuel V Glass; Samuel Zelinka
Source: Energy and Buildings. 174: 26-30.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Forest Products Laboratory
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DescriptionThe apparent thermal conductivity of several insulation materials was measured over a range of temper- atures. A newly developed multilayer reflective insulation system called Mirrorpanel was tested against existing products. Mirrorpanel samples were prepared using layers of aluminum foil (emissivity of 0.11) and coated paper (emissivity of 0.52) separated by air spaces of approximately 5 mm, with fiberboard structural spacers. Steady-state heat flux was measured in the laboratory for 500 mm ×500 mm samples including several Mirrorpanel configurations as well as expanded polystyrene and polyisocyanurate foam insulations. The mean temperature ranged between 0 °C and 35 °C with a temperature difference across the sample of 10 °C. For all insulation materials, the apparent thermal conductivity increased linearly with temperature above 5 °C, and the slope was steeper for the Mirrorpanel samples than the foam insulations. The apparent thermal conductivity of the Mirrorpanel made from aluminum foil was greater than that of polyisocyanurate but less than that of expanded polystyrene. The significant difference of thermal conductivity of lower and higher emissivity reflecting layers highlighted the importance of this parameter in thermal insulation. The steep temperature dependence of the Mirrorpanel should be considered during design of the building envelope for summer and winter conditions.
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CitationPásztory, Zoltán; Horváth, Tibor; Glass, Samuel V.; Zelinka, Samuel. 2018. Experimental investigation of the influence of temperature on thermal conductivity of multilayer reflective thermal insulation. Energy and Buildings. 174: 26-30.
KeywordsThermal insulation, heat reflectance, thermal conductivity, temperature dependence
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