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BOOK-CHAPTER 0 Reads 0 Citations Innovative Structural Concretes with Phase Change Materials for Sustainable Constructions: Mechanical and Thermal Charac... A. D’Alessandro, A. L. Pisello, C. Fabiani, F. Ubertini, L. ... Published: 01 January 2018
Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering, doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-78936-1_13
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New phase change materials (PCMs) are promising fillers for the realization of multifunctional concretes, combining good mechanical properties with enhanced thermal storage capabilities within building envelope. These materials are currently receiving a growing interest in the scientific literature. Encapsulated PCMs result particularly suitable for applications in concrete. This paper presents a research on concretes doped with different contents of PCMs, up to the 5% of the total weight. Physical, mechanical and thermal experimental tests were carried out, in order to investigate the physical properties, the stress-strain behaviour, the ductility, the compressive strength, as well as the thermal conductivity, the diffusivity and the specific heat capacity of the novel concretes. The results of thermal tests demonstrated the effective enhancement of the thermal inertia of the materials, while mechanical tests showed performances compatible with structural applications. Overall, new multifunctional concretes with PCM inclusions appear promising for achieving sustainable and lightweight concrete structures.