This paper proposes a novel radiative passive system for hot and dry climates to improve outdoor thermal comfort. The solution consists in a curtain, characterized by two different finishing surfaces, one is waterproof and the other one is absorbent, immersed in a water tank by means of a mechanized system and subsequently used as a radiant surface with reduced temperature thanks to evaporative cooling effect. The effectiveness of the proposed system is verified by means of CFD simulations carried out on a sample application in outdoor space and supported by experimental measurements carried out on a small sample of curtain. The results showed that the proposed system can reduce the operative temperature up to 6°C with respect to the testing conditions (air temperature of 28.5°C and relative humidity of 50.5%) ensuring higher comfort levels and a limited water consumption to keep the curtain constantly wet (25 l/h for 130m2 of wet curtain).

Wet Curtain Wall: A Novel Passive Radiant System for Hot and Dry Climates

BUTERA, FEDERICO;ASTE, NICCOLO';ADHIKARI, RAJENDRA SINGH;DEL PERO, CLAUDIO;LEONFORTE, FABRIZIO;ZANELLI, ALESSANDRA
2017

Abstract

This paper proposes a novel radiative passive system for hot and dry climates to improve outdoor thermal comfort. The solution consists in a curtain, characterized by two different finishing surfaces, one is waterproof and the other one is absorbent, immersed in a water tank by means of a mechanized system and subsequently used as a radiant surface with reduced temperature thanks to evaporative cooling effect. The effectiveness of the proposed system is verified by means of CFD simulations carried out on a sample application in outdoor space and supported by experimental measurements carried out on a small sample of curtain. The results showed that the proposed system can reduce the operative temperature up to 6°C with respect to the testing conditions (air temperature of 28.5°C and relative humidity of 50.5%) ensuring higher comfort levels and a limited water consumption to keep the curtain constantly wet (25 l/h for 130m2 of wet curtain).
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