Nano Technology and Possibilities for the Thermal Building Insulation Materials of Tomorrow

Nanotechnology and possibilities for the thermal building insulation materials of tomorrow are explored within this work. That is, we are looking beyond both the traditional and the state-of-the-art thermal building insulation materials and solutions, e.g. beyond vacuum insulation panels (VIP). Thus advanced insulation material (AIM) concepts like vacuum insulation materials (VIM), gas insulation materials (GIM), nano insulation materials (NIM) and dynamic insulation materials (DIM) are introduced and defined. The VIMs and GIMs have closed pore structures, whereas the NIMs may have either open or closed pore structures. The objective of the DIMs are to dynamically control the thermal insulation material properties, e.g. solid state core conductivity, emissivity and pore gas content. In addition, fundamental theoretical studies aimed at developing an understanding of the basics of thermal conductance in solid state matter at an elementary and atomic level will also be carried out. The ultimate goal of these studies will be to develop tailor-make novel high performance thermal insulating materials and dynamic insulating materials, the latter one making it possible to control and regulate the thermal conductivity in the materials themselves, i.e. from highly insulating to highly conducting.

Additional Info

  • WP: Advanced materials technologies
  • Publication Year: 2010
  • Pages: 121-131
  • Name of proceedings: Proceedings of Renewable Energy Research conference 2010
  • Name of conference: Renewable Energy Research Conference
  • Town: Trondheim
  • Country: Norway
  • Date from: Monday, 07 June 2010
  • Date to: Tuesday, 08 June 2010
  • Publisher: Tapir Akademisk Forlag

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