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Sustainability 2017, 9(12), 2179; doi:10.3390/su9122179

Study of a Double-Layer Trombe Wall Assisted by a Temperature-Controlled DC Fan for Heating Seasons

Department of Architecture, The University of Kitakyushu, Kitakyushu 808-0135, Japan
School of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Chengdu University, Chengdu 610106, China
Tohata Architects & Engineers, Osaka 541-0043, Japan
Department of Architecture and Urban Design, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto 603-8577, Japan
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Received: 31 October 2017 / Revised: 23 November 2017 / Accepted: 23 November 2017 / Published: 25 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Energy Sustainability)
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This paper presents a double-layer Trombe wall assisted by a temperature-controlled direct current (DC) fan. THERB for HAM, a dynamic thermal load calculation software, was used to estimate the heating ability of a double-layer Trombe wall for an office building. We designed a new double-layer Trombe wall that has two ventilated air cavities installed on the south facade of the office building, and a pipe with a temperature-controlled DC fan used to control thermo-circulation. The office building was located in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan. The temperature of the ventilated air cavity of the double-layer Trombe wall and the indoor temperature were simulated. It was more efficient for the DC fan to start when the ventilated air cavity temperature was 19 °C and the operative temperature of indoor was maintained at 20 °C. The results showed that the double-layer Trombe wall with a temperature-controlled DC fan can reduce yearly heating needs by nearly 0.6 kWh/m3 and improve the performance of a double-layer Trombe wall up to 5.6% (22.7% in November, 8.56% in December, 1.04% in January, 3.77% in February, and 3.89% in March), compared to the double-layer Trombe wall without an air supply. The ventilated (all day) double-layer Trombe wall performed better than the unventilated double-layer Trombe wall in November, December, February, and March. Thus, the potential of a double-layer Trombe wall can be improved with the assistance of a temperature-controlled DC fan. View Full-Text
Keywords: temperature-controlled DC fan; performance; double-layer Trombe wall; THERB for HAM temperature-controlled DC fan; performance; double-layer Trombe wall; THERB for HAM

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Ma, Q.; Fukuda, H.; Kobatake, T.; Lee, M. Study of a Double-Layer Trombe Wall Assisted by a Temperature-Controlled DC Fan for Heating Seasons. Sustainability 2017, 9, 2179.

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