Performance evaluation of an attic radiant barrier system using three-dimensional transient finite element method

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A three-dimensional transient finite element model was developed to evaluate the thermal performance of an attic radiant barrier system as an energy-efficient insulation technology. The finite element model simulates different heat transfer modes including convection, radiation, and conduction. Hourly experimental data collected in a housing complex in Zachary, LA, were used to validate the finite element analysis. Upon validation, the design variables and their influence on the performance of the radiant barrier insulation system were investigated. Among the different design variables, the presence of an air gap on both sides of the radiant barrier had a significant effect on the performance of the insulation system. © The Author(s) 2012.

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Journal of Building Physics

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