Building Simulation

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 41–48

Model validation of a dynamic embedded water base surface heat emitting system for buildings

  • Sébastien Thomas
  • Pierre-Yves Franck
  • Philippe André
Research Article / Indoor/Outdoor Airflow and Air Quality

DOI: 10.1007/s12273-011-0025-8

Cite this article as:
Thomas, S., Franck, P. & André, P. Build. Simul. (2011) 4: 41. doi:10.1007/s12273-011-0025-8

Abstract

A numerical model is developed to assess the static and dynamic operations of a new kind of floor heat emitter. Surface floor heating systems are widely used to achieve better comfort conditions in residential and tertiary building sector. Classical floor heating systems have a low thermal response while the emitting device studied in this paper is highly reactive. It allows comfort enhancement and energy savings. A finite element method based software COMSOL Multiphysics is applied to solve the heat equation. This work focuses on the thermal behaviour of the emitter itself, but does not include a building model. A test bench has been built for this application to verify the numerical model. Both computational and experimental results demonstrate the benefits of this new heating and cooling device.

Keywords

heated floorexperimental validationCOMSOL Multiphysics

Copyright information

© Tsinghua University Press and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sébastien Thomas
    • 1
  • Pierre-Yves Franck
    • 1
  • Philippe André
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Sciences and Environmental ManagementUniversity of Liège6700Belgium