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Energies 2016, 9(9), 677; doi:10.3390/en9090677

Modeling and Optimization of the Thermal Performance of a Wood-Cement Block in a Low-Energy House Construction

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Las.E.R. Laboratory, Department of Industrial and Information Engineering and Economics (DIIIE), University of L’Aquila, Piazzale Pontieri 1, Monteluco di Roio, L’Aquila I-67100, Italy
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Via Salvemini 37/A, Sulmona I-67039, Italy
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Academic Editor: Francesco Asdrubali
Received: 19 May 2016 / Revised: 12 August 2016 / Accepted: 14 August 2016 / Published: 24 August 2016
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The reduction of building energy consumption requires appropriate planning and design of the building’s envelope. In the last years, new innovative materials and construction technologies used in new or refurbished buildings have been developed in order to achieve this objective, which are also needed for reducing greenhouse gases emissions and building maintenance costs. In this work, the thermal conductance of a brick, made of wood and cement, used in a low-rise building, was investigated with a heat flow meter (HFM) and with numerical simulation using the Ansys® software package (Canonsburg, PA, USA). Due to their influence on the buildings’ thermal efficiency, it is important to choose an appropriate design for the building blocks. Results obtained by the finite element modeling of the construction material and by in-situ analysis conducted on a real building are compared, and furthermore a thermal optimization of the shape of the material is suggested. View Full-Text
Keywords: wood-cement block; sustainable material; Ansys® simulation wood-cement block; sustainable material; Ansys® simulation
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Nardi, I.; de Rubeis, T.; Buzzi, E.; Sfarra, S.; Ambrosini, D.; Paoletti, D. Modeling and Optimization of the Thermal Performance of a Wood-Cement Block in a Low-Energy House Construction. Energies 2016, 9, 677.

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