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Heat transfer analysis of an integrated double skin façade and phase change material blind system

Li, Yilin; Darkwa, Jo; Kokogiannakis, Georgios


Yilin Li

Professor of Energy Storage Technologies

Georgios Kokogiannakis


In this study, the heat transfer in an integrated double skin facade (DSF) and phase change material (PCM) blind system has been theoretically analysed. Both heat transfer and airflow models with CFD methods have been developed for the integrated DSF and PCM blind system. Data from an existing typical DSF building have been obtained in order to define input parameters for the simulation exercise and validate the numerical models. The temperature and velocity fields in DSF with the PCM blind system has been predicted under overheating scenario using the ANSYS Workbench FLUENT software and been compared with case of conventional aluminium blind system. This study has shown that the integrated PCM blind system was able to reduce the average air temperature and outlet temperature of the DSF while improving the convective heat transfer between the cavity air and the blades. Compared with the aluminium blind, the PCM blind can absorb large amount of excessive heat in the cavity. Overall the integrated PCM blind system has the potential to be used as an effective thermal management device for minimising the overheating effect in DSFs.


Li, Y., Darkwa, J., & Kokogiannakis, G. (2017). Heat transfer analysis of an integrated double skin façade and phase change material blind system. Building and Environment, 125,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 16, 2017
Online Publication Date Aug 24, 2017
Publication Date Nov 15, 2017
Deposit Date Oct 23, 2017
Publicly Available Date Aug 25, 2018
Journal Building and Environment
Print ISSN 0360-1323
Electronic ISSN 1873-684X
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 125
Keywords Double skin facade; PCM; Heat transfer analysis; CFD
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