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A scale-model room as a practical teaching experiment

Taylor, P. A., Luther, M. B. and Rowe, D. J. 2003, A scale-model room as a practical teaching experiment, in Destination renewables : from research to market. proceedings of the 41st annual conference of the Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society, Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society, Maroubra, N.S.W., pp. 545-554.

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Title A scale-model room as a practical teaching experiment
Author(s) Taylor, P. A.
Luther, M. B.
Rowe, D. J.
Conference name Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society. Conference (41st : 2003 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 26-29 Nov. 2003
Title of proceedings Destination renewables : from research to market. proceedings of the 41st annual conference of the Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society
Editor(s) Aye, Lu
Charters, W. W. S.
Publication date 2003
Conference series Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society Conference
Start page 545
End page 554
Total pages 10 p.
Publisher Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society
Place of publication Maroubra, N.S.W.
Summary A practical experiment is described which was used to help university students increase their understanding of the effect of construction methods and window design on passive solar heating and electrical heating. A number of one tenth scale model rooms were constructed by students and sited out-of-doors in the late autumn. The models were fabricated to mimic available commercial construction techniques with careful consideration being given to window size and placement for solar access. Each model had a thermostatically controlled electric heating element. The temperatures and electricity use of the models were recorded using data-loggers over a two week period. The performances of the models based on energy consumption and internal temperature were compared with each other and with predictions based upon thermal mass and R-values. Examples of questions used by students to facilitate this process are included. The effect of scaling on thermal properties was analysed using Buckingham’s p-theorem.
Notes Deakin University gratefully acknowledges permission of the Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society to publish these papers
ISBN 0975065017
9780975065013
Language eng
Field of Research 120202 Building Science and Techniques
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2003, Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30005091

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