To recycle silica byproducts and to moderate the heat-island phenomenon, a porous ceramic was prepared by mixing waste silica powder with clay, and then firing the resultant mixture. By exploiting the high water-absorption capacity of the resulting ceramic, a greening material in which the porous ceramic was covered with moss was produced. The suppression effect of the temperature increase caused by solar-radiant heat on the moss-covered ceramic, was investigated quantitatively using the following procedure. First, the surface temperature change of the water-absorbing moss-covered sample during solar-radiant heat reception, and the amount of water that evaporated from the sample were measured simultaneously. Then, the heat of evaporation was estimated from measurements of the rate of water evaporation. Next, to investigate how much the sample temperature was reduced by heat of water evaporation, the temperature change of the sample when the heat of water evaporation was absorbed from the sample, was simulated by performing Finite Element Method (FEM) analysis. The summary of the results was as follows. (1) The primary factor of the temperature-reduction-effects on the moss-covered sample was action of heat of water evaporation. Therefore, the moss-covered sample did not exhibit much of the suppression ability of the temperature increase caused by solar-radiant heat, when the sample did not contain sufficient water. (2) This analytical method enabled us to simulate with a relatively high accuracy, the temperature change of a water-absorbing sample during solar-radiant-heat reception. Especially, the method enabled us to investigate visibly the influence of water evaporation-heat on the sample temperature, in addition to the influences of the emissivity of the sample, and the apparent specific heat and thermal conductivity changes due to water content in the sample.
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