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July 2020

Experimental Investigation of Palm Fiber Surface Treatment Effect on Thermal, Acoustical, and Mechanical Properties of a New Bio-Composite

By |July 18th, 2020|Categories: International Conferences Proceedings|

This work presented an experimental investigation on the use of a bio-composite as an insulating material in building. During the past few years, many projects have tried to create new composites with a high insulating properties, essentially thermal, which plays an important role in buildings energy efficiency (Chikhi et al. in Energy Build 66:267–273, 2013).

Measurement of pore size distribution of building materials by thermal method

By |July 16th, 2020|Categories: International Journal Articles|

The present work focuses on the study of the thermophysical properties of low porous insulation materials. In peculiar, we investigate the pore structure of composite materials and cements by thermal method. This method, adapted for fragile materials, is based on an existing model which allows the determination of pore size distribution. Firstly, the existing analytical model is presented. The thermal conductivity is modeled by assimilating the studied medium to N fluid phases and one solid phase in series / parallel. Secondly, some extensions to this model are proposed. In particular, we show that in the case of a single pore size, it is possible to obtain a finer pore size distribution by means of a normal law. We also show for the first time that the normalization of the thermal conductivity is an interesting way to study the pore size distribution of a material without knowing the overall porosity rate (which strongly depends on the method used). Furthermore, this model and its extensions have been successfully applied to different kinds of materials (plant fiber composites and cements). Fibers reinforced composites have one class of pores around 30 – 60 lm. Chemical treatments do not affect this pore size. Cements show a macroporosity (around 20 lm) which is often underestimated.

Impact of the aging of a photovoltaic module on the performance of a grid-connected system

By |July 16th, 2020|Categories: International Journal Articles|

Photovoltaic systems belong to the green energy dynamics which is an ambitious program based on energy efficiency and sustainable development. In this study, the impact of the aging of a photovoltaic module is investigated on the electrical performance of a grid-connected system. A photovoltaic conversion chain with MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracking) control and LC (Inductor-Capacitor) filter is modeled and dimensioned according to the grid constraints. A method of hybridation detection of the MPPT coupling long-time aging evolution and short-time determination is proposed. Aging laws for the electrical and optical degradations of the photovoltaic module are introduced for the long-time evolution. Results display the lowering of the maximal power point with a rate of 1%/year and a slight augmentation of the THD over time even though it remains inferior to the IEEE standard STD 19-1992 maximum value of 5% for a usage of 20 years. Moreover, an equivalent scheme for the additional electrical resistance engendered by the aging of the photovoltaic module regarding other resistances of the photovoltaic system is given. Finally, the elevation of this resistance by 12.8% in 20 years may have non-negligible consequences on the power production of a large-scale installation.

Cracks in silicon photovoltaic modules: a review

By |July 16th, 2020|Categories: International Journal Articles, Productions|

Photovoltaic cells are considered as one of the most critical components in photovoltaic systems for they convert the sunlight photons into electricity. However defects on the surface of the photovoltaic cells have a detrimental effect on them. Thus, research focuses on one hand on the degradation caused by the cracks namely on their impacts on the efficiency of photovoltaic modules and on the other hand on the techniques which are used to spot them. The main objective of this review is to inquire on the impact of the microcracks on the electrical performance of silicon solar cells and to list the mostused detection techniques of cracks.

Paraffin/ Expanded Perlite/Plaster as Thermal Energy Storage Composite

By |July 16th, 2020|Categories: International Journal Articles|

The use of thermal energy storage composite materials allows passive cooling and heating in buildings, yielding substantial energy savings. The purpose of this study is to develop and test a new phase change material (PCM) composite by loading expanded perlite (EP) with paraffin (RT27) to form plaster composites. The leakage tests allowed to unfold the optimal RT27 loading rate. To avoid paraffin leakage out of the composite structure, a waterproof product, Sikalatex® (SL), was used to coat the RT27/EP composite before mixing it with plaster. Thermal properties of RT27/EP/SL integrated in plaster were assessed. The effect of aluminum powder insertion on enhancing the composite thermal properties, was investigated. Paraffin loading rate was 60% by direct impregnation. FTIR analyses proved that the produced composites showed a good chemical compatibility between different components. DSC analyses revealed that composites have suitable energy storage capacities of 51.57 ± 0.01 and 49.95 ±0.15 for RT27/EP/SL and RT/EP/SL/Al, respectively. These composites are suitable for indoor temperature regulation. Thermal cycling tests showed a good thermal stability of plaster PCM composite. Thermal conductivity of plaster composite containing 50% wt of RT27/EP/SL/Al composite was increased by 80% and 68% at 12°C and 40°C respectively compared with the aluminum free composite.

Numerical Simulation of GaAs Solar Cell Under Electron and Proton Irradiation

By |July 16th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Though gallium arsenide (GaAs) solar cells are proven to be relatively stable in space working conditions, they are prone to the effects of aging, which deteriorate their characteristics. The lifetime of solar cells is restricted by the degree of radiation damage that they receive. This important factor affects the performance of solar cells in practical applications. The aim of this article is to investigate by numerical simulation on the influence of aging on the main characteristics of GaAs solar cells in the space. Degradations of the electrical characteristics are simulated for over a period of 15 years. The atmosphere (AM0) conversion efficiency decreases with time from 19.08% for the unirradiated cells to 10.38% in 15 years of the mission in space. Even with low doses of particle irradiation, the performance is significantly reduced subsequent to usage over the period of 15 years of the mission in space. Numerical simulation results also reveal that the short-circuit current, the open-circuit voltage, and the conversion efficiency decline gradually with time. Moreover, the calculated evolutions are in good agreement with the measured behaviors of GaAs-based solar cells embedded in geostationary satellites during the Navigation Technology Satellite 2 (NTS-2), the Engineering Test Satellite V (ETS-V), and the NAVigation Satellite Timing And Ranging (NAVSTAR) missions, which substantiate the introduced aging law accounting for both the cumulated doses of particles and the different electron and hole traps in the structure.

June 2020

Appreciation of the delay in the benefits of the thermal energy released by PCM in civil engineering structures

By |June 29th, 2020|Categories: International Conferences Proceedings, Productions|

To optimize de-icers use in winter on roads and airports, some sustainable solutions were promoted in a global project entitled "Roads of the Future". PCM into pavements were then considered to rely on the released enthalpy to delay the occurrence of black ice or snow accumulation. Coupling a spectroscopic monitoring of the PCM behavior and thermography on pavement surface indicated a significant delay between the phase change and the thermal manifestation of the released energy. Considering an accurate description of PCM according to cooling weather phenomena, these elements might provide valuable information for numerical models.

October 2019

Thermal properties of adobe employed in Peruvian rural areas: experimental results and numerical simulation of a traditional bio-composite material

By |October 17th, 2019|Categories: International Conferences Proceedings, International Journal Articles, Productions|

Banto G., karkri M., lefebvre G., horn M., Solis J., Gomez M. Thermal properties of adobe employed in Peruvian rural areas: experimental results and numerical simulation of a traditional bio-composite material, Case Studies in Construction Materials 6, pp 177-191. DOI: 10.1016/j.cscm.2017.02.001. SJR 2017 0.56 (open access)

Correlation between transmittance and LWIR apparent emissivity of soda-lime glass during accelerated aging test for solar applications

By |October 17th, 2019|Categories: International Journal Articles, Productions|

V. Guiheneuf, O. Riou, F. Delaleux, P.-O. Logerais, J.-F. Durastanti. Correlation between transmittance and LWIR apparent emissivity of soda-lime glass during accelerated aging test for solar applications, ASME Journal of Solar Energy Engineering 139(4). DOI: 10.1115/1.4036415. Journal Impact Factor:1.367/SJR 2017 0.62

Investigation of Fiber Surface Treatment Effect on Thermal, Mechanical and Acoustical Properties of Date Palm Fiber-Reinforced Cementitious Composites

By |October 17th, 2019|Categories: International Journal Articles, Productions|

Abstract High energy consumption in the building sector appeals for the implementation and the improvement of innovative approaches with low-environmental impact. The development of eco-friendly composites as insulating materials in buildings provides practical solutions for reducing energy consumption. Different mass proportions (2.5%, 10%, and 20%) of untreated and chemically treated palm fibers were mixed with (cement, water and sand) so as to prepare novel composites. Composites were characterized by measuring water absorption, thermal conductivity, compressive strength and acoustic transmission. The results reveal that the incorporation of untreated and chemically treated date palm fibers reduces novel composites’ thermal conductivity and the mechanical resistance. Thermal measurements have proved that the loading of fibers in composites decreases the thermal conductivity from 1.38 W m−1 K−1 for the reference material to 0.31 W m−1 K−1 for composites with 5% of treated and untreated fibers. The acoustical insulation capacity of untreated palm fiber-reinforced composites (DPF) was the highest at 20% fiber content, whereas treated palm fiber-reinforced composites (TPF) had the highest sound insulation coefficient for fiber content lower than 10%. Compressive strength, thermal conductivity and density correlation showed that only chemically treated fiber-reinforced composites (TPF) are good candidates for thermal and acoustic building insulations.

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