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Reference Number GR/S02389/01
Title Faraday Fast Track: Control of heat transfer and airflow in multi-functional facades: a basis for design guidance for low energy buildings
Status Completed
Energy Categories RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Solar Energy, Solar heating and cooling (including daylighting)) 50%;
RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Solar Energy, Photovoltaics) 50%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Architecture and the Built Environment) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor D Loveday
No email address given
Civil and Building Engineering
Loughborough University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 April 2003
End Date 31 March 2006
Duration 36 months
Total Grant Value £130,990
Industrial Sectors No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
Region East Midlands
Programme Materials, Mechanical and Medical Eng, Process Environment and Sustainability
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor D Loveday , Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Professor D G Infield , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , IT Power Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Ove Arup & Partners Ltd (0.000%)
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Abstract Multifunctional PV facades, integrating thermal and electrical output, are being increasingly deployed in low energy buildings that exploit direct use of solar energy. Much existing research has focused on the integration of theses facades with the rest of the building, but detailed information on the performance of multifunctional facades is scarce, especially on the issue of control of both the electrical and thermal output. The experimental programme of work will utilise the advanced, large-scale solar simulator at Loughborough University to conduct detailed measurements of the airflow, heat transfer and electrical output in prototypical contructions over a wide range of operating conditions, focusing on the UK environment. A parallel modelling study will be carried out using a component-based approach: this will produce a set of advanced facade performance models which will represent a significant advance over the existing, closed-form models currently in use. Templates willbedeveloped which will allow the advanced component models produced to be synthesised into facade models in a range of contemporary simulation environments. Specific issues, such as the interaction of buoyancy-driven flow and hat transfer within the cavity, will be studied using an hierarchical approach based on a commercially-available CFD code
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