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Appl. Sci. 2018, 8(2), 206; https://doi.org/10.3390/app8020206

Numerical Model and Experimental Analysis of the Thermal Behavior of Electric Radiant Heating Panels

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National Research Council–Construction Technologies Institute, Corso Stati Uniti 4, 35127 Padova, Italy
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Department of Design and Planning of Complex Environment–University IUAV of Venezia, Dorsoduro 2206, 30123 Venice, Italy
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Received: 9 January 2018 / Revised: 25 January 2018 / Accepted: 26 January 2018 / Published: 30 January 2018
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Electric radiant heating panels are frequently selected during the design phase of residential and industrial heating systems, especially for retrofit of existing buildings, as an alternative to other common heating systems, such as radiators or air conditioners. The possibility of saving living and working space and the ease of installation are the main advantages of electric radiant solutions. This paper investigates the thermal performance of a typical electric radiant panel. A climatic room was equipped with temperature sensors and heat flow meters to perform a steady state experimental analysis. For the dynamic behavior, a mathematical model was created and compared to a thermographic measurement procedure. The results showed for the steady state an efficiency of energy transformation close to one, while in a transient thermal regime the time constant to reach the steady state condition was slightly faster than the typical ones of hydronic systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: infrared thermography; radiant heating; electric heating; HVAC testing; dynamic thermal behavior infrared thermography; radiant heating; electric heating; HVAC testing; dynamic thermal behavior
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Ferrarini, G.; Fortuna, S.; Bortolin, A.; Cadelano, G.; Bison, P.; Peron, F.; Romagnoni, P. Numerical Model and Experimental Analysis of the Thermal Behavior of Electric Radiant Heating Panels. Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 206.

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