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Heat Transfer Studies in Buildings with Phase Change Materials and Shading Devices

Submission Deadline: 31 March 2022 (closed)

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Dr. Vijesh V Joshi, School of Mechanical Engineering (SMEC), Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), Vellore, India, vijesh.joshi@vit.ac.in


The economy of most of the countries is severely affected due to Covid-19 and economists foresee that it would be even more worst post-pandemic. It would be extremely beneficial if the energy efficiency in buildings could be improved furthermore. Hence there is an urgent need for sustainable, economical, and practical solutions to make the buildings more energy efficient. In this regard, this special issue is intended to invite original research papers providing new insights of heat transfer processes in buildings using either phase change material (PCM) or shading devices or both. On one side use of PCM is a one-time investment technology and on the other side shading devices are relatively inexpensive; hence the two could be economical and efficient practical solutions for Building cooling/heating.


In recent years the PCM is extensively being used in many heating/cooling applications. Currently, PCMs are expensive but is a one-time investment. However, there is a lot of scopes to find the strategies/techniques that ensure the efficient use of PCM in building cooling/heating.


Shading devices can provide a very effective solution, particularly in climates with hot summer. However, the same could be adverse during winter as one wants to allow solar radiation to heat the indoor. On the other hand, shading devices can also be used to prevent direct daylight and solar radiation penetration. Hence, allow the desired amount of homogenously distributed daylight and solar radiation.


This call for papers is intended to publish general studies in these research areas and NOT intended to publish case studies.


Phase change materials for energy efficiency in buildings, Shading devices for energy efficiency in buildings, facade technology, Building heat transfer analysis, Building envelope

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