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Comparative Study of Two Materials Combining a Standard Building Material with a PCM

Marwa El Yassi1,2,*, Ikram El Abbassi1,2, Alexandre Pierre2, Yannick Melinge3
1 Research Laboratory in Industrial Eco-innovation and Energetics (LR2E), ECAM-EPMI, Cergy-Pontoise, 95000, France
2 Laboratory of Mechanic and Materials of Civil Engineering (L2MGC), University of Cergy-Pontoise, Cergy-Pontoise, 95000, France
3 Historical Monuments Research Laboratory (LRMH), Champs-sur-Marne, 77420, France
* Corresponding Author: Marwa El Yassi. Email:
(This article belongs to this Special Issue: Materials and Energy an Updated Image for 2021)

Fluid Dynamics & Materials Processing 2023, 19(5), 1283-1290.

Received 13 April 2022; Accepted 20 July 2022; Issue published 30 November 2022


Phase change materials (PCMs) have the ability to store thermal energy and make it available at a later stage to keep indoor temperature within a specific range and achieve better thermal comfort in buildings. This study focuses on the performances of materials obtained by combining a standard building material with a PCM. In particular, two different materials mixed with the same PCM are considered under the same climatic conditions. The related thermal behavior is assessed in the framework of numerical simulations conducted with ANSYS Fluent assuming parameters representative of a city located in Europe. The results show that the addition of PCM to concrete and bricks can improve the thermal inertia of the resulting material.


Phase change materials; building material; thermal comfort; passive cooling

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Yassi, M. E., Abbassi, I. E., Pierre, A., Melinge, Y. (2023). Comparative Study of Two Materials Combining a Standard Building Material with a PCM. FDMP-Fluid Dynamics & Materials Processing, 19(5), 1283–1290.

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