Category: Transient Plane Source
Keywords: building materials, concrete, concrete applications, construction, density, green and sustainable construction, Green chemistry, lightweight aggregate, oil palm shells (OPS), porosity, Specific Heat, strength, Thermal Conductivity, thermal insulation, Transient plane source (TPS), Transient plane source (TPS) method, Volume
Abstract: The thermal properties of oil palm shell (OPS) are investigated to determine if it could be used as a lightweight aggregate for a concrete mixture. The thermal conductivity, diffusivity, and specific heat were all tested through a transient plane source (TPS) method. The thermal conductivity and diffusivity both increased as the volume fraction of OPS increased. This is because OPS is very porous which gives it an inherently low thermal conductivity and diffusivity. The specific heat measurements were inconsistent, this is because of the random distribution of aggregate.
Reference: Progress in Clean Energy, 1 (2015) 423-432