Modeling Phase Change Materials Behaviour in Building Applications: Selected Comments

Yvan Dutil
t3e Industrial research chair, École de technologie supårieure, Montråal, Canada

Daniel Rousse
t3e Industrial research chair, École de technologie supårieure, Montråal, Canada

Stéphane Lassue
Univ. Lille Nord de France; Univ. Artois, LGCgE, France

Laurent Zalewski
Univ. Lille Nord de France; Univ. Artois, LGCgE, France

Annabelle Joulin
Univ. Lille Nord de France; Univ. Artois, LGCgE, France

Joseph Virgone
Universitå de Lyon, CNRS, France \ Universitå Lyon 1, CETHIL, France

Frédéric Kuznik
INSA-Lyon, CETHIL, France \ Universitå Lyon 1, CETHIL, France

Kevyn Johannes
Universitå de Lyon, CNRS, France \ Universitå Lyon 1, CETHIL, France

Jean-Pierre Dumas
LATEP, Universitå de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, Pau, France

Jean-Pierre Bédécarrats
LATEP, Universitå de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, Pau, France

Albert Castell
GREA Innovació Concurrent,Universitat de Lleida, Lleida, Spain

Luisa F. Cabeza
GREA Innovació Concurrent,Universitat de Lleida, Lleida, Spain

Ladda ner artikelhttp://dx.doi.org/10.3384/ecp11057929

Ingår i: World Renewable Energy Congress - Sweden; 8-13 May; 2011; Linköping; Sweden

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 57:24, s. 929-936

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Publicerad: 2011-11-03

ISBN: 978-91-7393-070-3

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


In a recent meeting of IEA’s Annex 23; several members presented their conclusions on the modeling of phase change materials behavior in the context of building applications. These conclusions were in agreement with those of a vast review; involving the survey of more than 250 journal papers; undertaken earlier by the group of École de technologie supérieure. In brief; it can be stated that; at this point; the confidence in reviewed models is too low to use them to predict the future behavior of a building with confidence. Moreover; it was found that overall thermal behaviors of PCM are poorly known; which by itself creates an intrinsic unknown in any model. Models themselves are most of time suspicious as they are often not tested in a very stringent or exhaustive way. In addition; it also appears that modeling parameters are somewhat too simplified to realistically describe the complete physics needed to predict the real life performance of PCMs added to a building. As a result; steps are now taken to create standard model benchmarks that will improve the confidence of the users. Hopefully; following these efforts; confidence will increase and usage of PCM in buildings should be eased.


Phase change material; PCM characterization; Mathematical model; Model validation


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