Experimental And Theoretical Investigation Of Composit Materials As Thermal Insulation For Resident Building

Abstract

This work involves a theoretical and experimental investigation of three types of composite laminated materials as thermal insulations for roofs. The composite consist of three types fiberglass with polyester resin. The first is of; random fiberglass type-1, (density of 659.3 kg/m3).The second is random fiberglass type-2, (density of 731.8 kg/m3) and the last is matt fiberglass,( density 1010.5 kg/m3). The theoretical investigation involved a study of the solar radiation received by the walls and roof, heat gain reduction of roof for the three types of composite materials at different variables; these involved the (insulation thickness, number of layers of composite insulation, volume fraction, and the air gap between roof and the insulation. The experimental investigation is divided into two parts: the first part included measurement of thermal conductivity of composite materials using Lee's disc method with different volume fraction. The second part included manufacturing of two rigs (reference rig and test rig) with dimension (1m x 1m x 1m height). Theoretical results proovs that the heat gain for the roof is more than that of the walls. Also the heat gain is decreased with different percentages depending on the type of insulation. Obviously the heat gain is decreased with using air gap. The thermal conductivity is increased with volume fraction theoretically and experimentally. Experimental result proofs that using random fiberglass type-1 is best in the present work. Also the air gap increases the efficiency of thermal insulation.