High performance low-cost vacuum glazing is a key development in the move to more energy-efficient buildings. This study reports the results of experimental and theoretical investigations into the development of a new low-temperature (less than 200 °C) composite edge seal. A prototype triple vacuum glazing of dimensions 300mmx300 mm was fabricated with a measured vacuum pressure of 4.8 × 10-2 Pa achieved. A three-dimensional finite-element model for this prototype triple vacuum glazing with the composite edge seal was also developed. Centre-of-pane and total thermal transmittance values for this small prototype of the triple vacuum glazing were predicted to be 0.33 Wm-2K-1 and 1.05 Wm-2K-1, respectively. It was predicted using the developed model that the thermal performance could be improved by reducing the width of the composite edge seal and by the use of soft low-emissivity coatings on the glass surfaces. Detailed three-dimensional isothermal contour plots of the modelled triple vacuum glazing are presented.
|Number of pages||10|
|Issue number||Part A|
|Early online date||21 Jun 2015|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Oct 2015|