The radiant floor heating systems offer some peculiar advantages, but their growing favour is mostly due to the possibility of employing low temperature energy sources; obviously, the higher the thermal conductance of the mortar where are embedded the pipes in which hot water flows, or of the covering layer of the pipes, the more this feature can be improved. In this study thermal conductivity increase of mortar or concrete plates due to embedded cylinder metal elements perpendicular to the slab surface is evaluated, through a numerical investigation. Correlations with a general effectiveness have been found, and validated through an experimental investigation. Results show that, in the investigated conditions, thermal conductivity can be increased up to about five times, depending on the kind of metal, the cylinder diameter and length, the number of cylinders per surface unit, the concrete covering of the cylinders.

Fontana, L. (2017). Numerical and experimental investigation on a concrete slab thermal conductivity increase due to metal cylinders perpendicular to the slab surface insertion. APPLIED THERMAL ENGINEERING, 120, 416-430 [10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2017.02.055].

Numerical and experimental investigation on a concrete slab thermal conductivity increase due to metal cylinders perpendicular to the slab surface insertion

FONTANA, Lucia
2017

Abstract

The radiant floor heating systems offer some peculiar advantages, but their growing favour is mostly due to the possibility of employing low temperature energy sources; obviously, the higher the thermal conductance of the mortar where are embedded the pipes in which hot water flows, or of the covering layer of the pipes, the more this feature can be improved. In this study thermal conductivity increase of mortar or concrete plates due to embedded cylinder metal elements perpendicular to the slab surface is evaluated, through a numerical investigation. Correlations with a general effectiveness have been found, and validated through an experimental investigation. Results show that, in the investigated conditions, thermal conductivity can be increased up to about five times, depending on the kind of metal, the cylinder diameter and length, the number of cylinders per surface unit, the concrete covering of the cylinders.
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