## Abstrakt

The paper presents a research exploring the thermal mass effect of reinforced concrete beams with structurally optimised

geometrical forms. Fully exposed concrete soffits in architectural contexts create more than just visual impacts on the indoor

climate through their possible interferences with light, sound and thermal conditions. It is considered that the characteristics of

interferences would have close relationship with material and geometrical properties of the soffits; especially when the soffits are

other than flat form. In the current investigation the relationship between the thermal mass effect (and the implication on thermal

comfort) and the given geometrical parameters of exposed soffit reinforced concrete beams are explored.

The geometrical parameters of the beams are initially defined in means of structural optimisation. The beams consist of flange

and web in likeness of T-sectioned beams. However, both flange and web are curved vertically for the required bending and

shear capacity of the sections. At the same time, the web is also curved horizontally for increased shear capacities. In the

research, both the vertical and horizontal geometrical parameters are varied to observe the resultant heat exchange behaviour, and

the implication on thermal comfort indoor environment. However, the current paper presents the thermal mass characteristics of

one geometrical type.

The study is based on results derived from computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis, where Rhino 3D is used for

geometrical modelling of the beams and office space.

geometrical forms. Fully exposed concrete soffits in architectural contexts create more than just visual impacts on the indoor

climate through their possible interferences with light, sound and thermal conditions. It is considered that the characteristics of

interferences would have close relationship with material and geometrical properties of the soffits; especially when the soffits are

other than flat form. In the current investigation the relationship between the thermal mass effect (and the implication on thermal

comfort) and the given geometrical parameters of exposed soffit reinforced concrete beams are explored.

The geometrical parameters of the beams are initially defined in means of structural optimisation. The beams consist of flange

and web in likeness of T-sectioned beams. However, both flange and web are curved vertically for the required bending and

shear capacity of the sections. At the same time, the web is also curved horizontally for increased shear capacities. In the

research, both the vertical and horizontal geometrical parameters are varied to observe the resultant heat exchange behaviour, and

the implication on thermal comfort indoor environment. However, the current paper presents the thermal mass characteristics of

one geometrical type.

The study is based on results derived from computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis, where Rhino 3D is used for

geometrical modelling of the beams and office space.

Originalsprog | Engelsk |
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Artikelnummer | 33145 |

Tidsskrift | Procedia Engeenering |

ISSN | 1877-7058 |

Status | Udgivet - 2017 |

## Kunstnerisk udviklingsvirksomhed (KUV)

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