Design tool for the thermal energy potential of asphalt pavements

M.G.L.C. Loomans, H. Oversloot, A. Bondt, de, R. Jansen, H. Rij, van

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This paper describes the development of a design tool for the calculation of the thermal energy potential of a so-called asphalt collector. Two types of numerical models have been developed and validated against experimental results from a full-scale test-site. The validation showed to be a tedious procedure due to the complexity of the full-scale testing of this type of systems. Nevertheless, the models are found to be applicable for performing design studies with. Example results presented in the paper indicate that the thermal energy potential of an asphalt collector is lower than that of a normal solar hot water system. The quality of the energy is also less. However, further advantages of the use of an asphalt collector are found in the reduced maintenance of the road and the avoidance of slippery roads in winter time. The latter is also an example of the heat exchanger capabilities of the asphalt collector.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBuilding simulation 2003 for better building design : 8th international IBPSA conference, August 11-14, 2003, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Place of PublicationEindhoven
PublisherOrganizing Committee Building Simulation 2003
ISBN (Print)90-386-1566-3
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Event8th International IBPSA Building Simulation Conference (BS 2003) - Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 11 Aug 200314 Aug 2003


Conference8th International IBPSA Building Simulation Conference (BS 2003)
Abbreviated titleBS 2003


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