Buscar en
Ciência & Tecnologia dos Materiais
Toda la web
Inicio Ciência & Tecnologia dos Materiais Alternative low cost based core systems for vacuum insulation panels
Journal Information
Vol. 29. Issue 1.
Materiais 2015
Pages e151-e156 (January - April 2017)
Download PDF
More article options
Vol. 29. Issue 1.
Materiais 2015
Pages e151-e156 (January - April 2017)
Full text access
Alternative low cost based core systems for vacuum insulation panels
Flávia A. Almeidaa,b, Jorge Corkera,b,
Corresponding author

Corresponding author.
, Nuno Ferreirac, Miguel A. Netod, Mizi Fane, Hermann Beyrichenf, Roland Capsf
a Laboratory of Wear, Testing and Materials (Led&Mat), Instituto Pedro Nunes. Rua Pedro Nunes, Coimbra 3030-199, Portugal
b SEG-CEMMPRE – Centre for Mechanical Engineering, Materials and Processes; University of Coimbra, Rua Luís Reis Santos, 3030-788 Coimbra, Portugal
c I3N, Department of Physics, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
d CICECO, Materials and Ceramic Eng. Dept., University of Aveiro, Campus de Santiago, P-3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
e Department of Civil Engineering, Brunel University, UB8 3PH, UK
f va-Q-tec AG, Karl-Ferdinand-Braun-Str., 7, Würzburg D-97080, Germany
This item has received
Article information
Download PDF

Vacuum Insulation Panels (VlP) are presently regarded as one of the most promising state-of-the-art building insulation solutions. Based on their thermal conductivities of about 4 mW/(m K), with a thickness below 40 mm, they have a great potential for near zero-energy buildings (nZEB) and for applications where high insulation standards and living space savings are crucial. However, VIP are still unaffordable for the majority of homeowners and contractors (up to 100 €/m2), mostly due to the cost of the conventional fumed silica used as core material to secure the long service life requirements of building applications. This study presents the early developments of alternative cores engineered for VIP targeting the building market. The adopted strategy is to replace fumed silica with cheaper natural inorganic/organic lightweight materials or, alternatively, by creating multimaterial nanostructured composite matrices. The different compositions were analysed according to their physical, chemical and morphological characteristics and their respective thermal conductivity ranks. Promising lambda values as low as 5.3 mW/(m K) have been achieved for gas pressures below 10 mbar (1 kPa). It is expected that these novel core systems will be capable of suppressing the different heat transfer mechanisms at more reasonable costs than the current VIP fumed silica ones.

Vacuum insulation panels
core materials
thermal conductivity
near zero-energy buildings
Full text is only aviable in PDF
B.P. Jelle.
Energy and Buildings, 43 (2011), pp. 2449
S.E. Kalnaes, B.P. Jelle.
Appl. Energy, 116 (2014), pp. 355
H. Simmler, S. Brunner.
Energy and Buildings, 37 (2005), pp. 1122
M. Davraz, H.C. Bayrakci.
Sci. Eng. Compos. Mater., 21 (2014), pp. 1
R. Caps, J. Fricke.
Int. J. Thermophys, 21 (2000), pp. 445
M. Alam, H. Singh, S. Brunner, C. Naziris.
Energy and Buildings, 69 (2014), pp. 442
P. Mukhopadhyaya, M.K. Kumaran, N. Normandin, et al.
J. Cold Reg. Eng., 22 (2008), pp. 103
K. Araki, D. Kamoto, S.-ich Matsuoka.
J. Mater. Process. Technol., 209 (2009), pp. 271
R. Caps, H. Beyrichen, D. Kraus, S. Weismann.
Vacuum, 82 (2008), pp. 691
H. Keskinen, S. Romakkaniemi, A. Jaatinen, et al.
Aerosol Sci. Technol., 45 (2011), pp. 1441
M. Tenpierik.
PhD thesis.
Technische Universiteit Delft, (2009),
J. Fricke.
Proceedings of 7th International Vacuum Insulation Symposium.
Zurich-Duebendorf, (2005 September 28-29), pp. 5-14
R. Baetens, B.P. Jelle, J.V. Thue, et al.
Energy and Buildings, 42 (2010), pp. 147
Copyright © 2017. Portuguese Society of Materials (SPM)
Article options
es en pt

¿Es usted profesional sanitario apto para prescribir o dispensar medicamentos?

Are you a health professional able to prescribe or dispense drugs?

Você é um profissional de saúde habilitado a prescrever ou dispensar medicamentos