DoubleFace: Adjustable translucent system to improve thermal comfort

Authors

  • Michela Turrin TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Martin Tenpierik TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Paul de Ruiter TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Willem van der Spoel TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Carlos Chang Lara TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Florian Heinzelmann Eindhoven University of Technology, Built Environment
  • Patrick Teuffel Eindhoven University of Technology, Built Environment
  • Wout van Bommel Eindhoven University of Technology, Built Environment

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.7480/spool.2014.2.929

Keywords:

thermal comfort, latent heat storage, thermal insulation, proof of concept, phase-changing materials, PCM, DoubleFace

Abstract

The DoubleFace project aims at developing a new product that passively improves thermal comfort of indoor and semi-indoor spaces by means of lightweight materials for latent heat storage, while simultaneously allowing daylight to pass through as much as possible. Specifically, the project aims at designing and prototyping an adjustable translucent modular system featuring thermal insulation and thermal absorption in a calibrated manner, which is adjustable according to different heat loads during summer- and wintertime. The output consists of a proof of concept, a series of performance simulations and measurement and a prototype of an adjustable thermal mass system based on lightweight and translucent materials: phase-changing materials (PCM) for latent heat storage and translucent aerogel particles for thermal insulation.

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Published

2014-11-10