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Developing a structurally sound and durable roof slab insulation system for tropical climates

Show simple item record Nandapala, K Halwatura, RU 2018-01-09T19:42:05Z 2018-01-09T19:42:05Z
dc.description.abstract Flat roof slabs are gaining its popularity day by day due to its advantages like cyclonic resistance, possibility for future expansion and the possibility of using them as additional working space. However, the major issue associated with roof slabs is thermal discomfort, for which, active cooling in the forms of fans and air-conditioners is the most common remedy used. This has led to extensive use of energy, increasing the operational cost of the buildings and, in the macro scale, contributing to global warming as well. Hence, the current trend is to go for passive techniques. Insulating roof slabs is identified as a better passive way to address the stated issues. In this study, several existing roof slab insulation techniques were discussed and their benefits and drawbacks were identified. While ensuring the same thermal and structural capacity of the insulation system, a new system was developed to address the drawbacks of existing systems. Computer based modelling were used to optimize the system and the small scale model testing was used to validate the results obtained by the computer simulations. Finally, a new insulation system was developed with enhanced thermal performance, structural capacity and the durability. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Passive Cooling, Roof Slab Insulation, Structural performance, durability en_US
dc.title Developing a structurally sound and durable roof slab insulation system for tropical climates en_US
dc.type Conference-Abstract en_US
dc.identifier.faculty Engineering en_US
dc.identifier.department Department of Civil Engineering en_US
dc.identifier.year 2015 en_US
dc.identifier.conference 8th International Conference of Faculty of Architecture Research Unit (FARU) - 2015 en_US Colombo en_US
dc.identifier.pgnos pp. 201 - 214 en_US
dc.identifier.proceeding Making built environments responsive en_US en_US en_US

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