Printer Friendly

A method for determining the effective longwave radiative properties of pleated draperies.


Draperies may offer a cost-effective strategy in reducing solar heat gain through windows. As such, the ability to quantify accurately the reduction in cooling load that draperies deliver would be an asset to HVAC engineers in particular and building designers in general.

The energy performance of windows with draperies can be modeled using a two-step procedure. In the first step, solar radiation is considered. This requires the determination of solar optical properties of each layer in the glazing/drapery system. A drapery layer can be characterized by making the assumption that the nonhomogeneous layer can be represented by an equivalent homogenous layer that is assigned spatially averaged (effective) optical properties. This approach has been used in a number of studies to characterize venetian blinds (e.g., Parmelee and Aubele 1952; Rheault and Bilgen 1989; Pfrommer et al. 1996; Rosenfeld et al. 2000; Yahoda and Wright 2004, 2005) and has been shown to provide accurate results (e.g., Kotey et al. 2009a).

Careful consideration of solar radiation incident on a drapery layer with some openness reveals that a portion of the incident radiation passes undisturbed through the openings, and the remaining portion is intercepted by the yarn. The portion of the intercepted radiation that is not absorbed will be scattered and will leave the layer as an apparent reflection or transmission. These scattered components are assumed to be uniformly diffuse (Kotey et al. 2009b). In addition, a drapery layer will generally transmit longwave radiation (i.e., it is diathermanous) by virtue of its openness, and effective longwave properties are assigned accordingly. The effective solar optical properties can be used as part of a multilayer calculation that considers beam and diffuse components of solar radiation as they interact with a multilayer assembly (e.g., Wright and Kotey 2006). This calculation estimates the system solar transmission and absorbed solar components. The absorbed solar components appear as energy source terms in the second step--the heat transfer analysis.

The heat transfer analysis involves the formulation of energy balance equations and requires both longwave properties and convective heat transfer coefficients as input. The simultaneous solution of the energy balance equations yields the temperature as well as the convective and radiative fluxes. The current study considers the determination of the effective longwave properties of pleated draperies. This is achieved by a two-step procedure described below.

In the first step, spectral measurements of normal-hemispherical longwave reflectance and transmittance were obtained for fabrics by using a commercially available infrared reflectometer (Surface Optics Corporation 2002).This approach is expected to work well for any shading layer. The spectral data showed that fabrics are generally not spectrally selective. Since the aim of the current study is to generate total (spectral-averaged) properties for building energy simulation, no spectral data are presented. The total longwave properties, including emittance, were calculated with respect to blackbody spectrum at a given temperature (ASTM 1971). The procedure entailed the solution of two simultaneous equations resulting from the reflectance measurements with the fabric sample backed by two surfaces with different reflectance values. A similar procedure was used by Christie and Hunter (1984) to determine the longwave properties of thin diathermanous films using a DB-100 infrared reflectometer. Having obtained emittance and longwave transmittance of the fabrics, it was recognized that these quantities are simple functions of openness, emittance, and longwave transmittance of the fabric structure. Furthermore, the emittance and the longwave transmittance of the fabric structure were found to be constant regardless of the color of the fabric.

In the second step, a drapery layer was modeled as a series of uniformly arranged rectangular pleats. The effective longwave properties of the drapery layer were calculated by considering an enclosure that was representative of the entire series of pleats. The calculation involved a conventional gray enclosure net-radiation analysis with shape factors to track radiant exchange between surfaces. Given the surface longwave properties from the first step, the effective longwave properties of the representative enclosure were readily obtained.

Test samples

A variety of drapery fabrics were obtained with the primary aim of locating samples that fit into each of the nine designations described by Keyes (1967). In that work, fabrics were classified as being open (I), semi-open (II), or closed (III) weave, and as light (L), medium (M), or dark (D) colored. With the exception of designation IIID (closed weave dark), which could not be located, all designations were obtained. Also included in the sample set was a sheer fabric that did not fall into any of the customary designations. The dimensions of each sample were 5 cm by 5 cm (2 in. by 2 in.), and the thicknesses of the samples ranged from 0.1 mm (0.004 in.) to 1.0 mm (0.04 in.). Figure 1 shows the samples considered; and the type, color and openness [A.sub.o] of each fabric sample are summarized in Table 1. Since [A.sub.o] is equivalent to the solar beam-beam transmittance at normal incidence ([[tau].sup.m.sub.sol,bb] ([theta] = 0)), the values of [A.sub.o] were obtained from spectrophotometer measurements (e.g., Kotey et al. 2009c, 2009d, 2009e).

Experimental procedure

Infrared reflectometer

A commercially available Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) reflectometer (SOC 400T) was used in this study. It is a portable, self-calibrating instrument with a reflectance repeatability of [+ or -]1% and a spectral resolution selectable from 4 [cm.sup.-1] to 32 [cm.sup.-1] (1.6 [in.sup.-1] to 12.6 [in.sup.-1]). The reflectometer is designed to measure normal-hemispherical reflectance of an opaque surface in the wavelength range of 2.0 < [lambda] < 25.0 [micro]m (infrared region). The instrument collects many infrared spectra over a short period of time.


The infrared spectra are automatically averaged and integrated with respect to the blackbody spectrum at selectable temperature range. Emittance values are evaluated from the integrated values of the spectral reflectance. A detailed description and the operating principles of the SOC 400T is documented by Surface Optics Corporation (2002) and Jaworske and Skowronski (2000).

The SOC 400T is the current state-of-the-art instrument that may be offered as a substitute for the well-known Gier Dunkle DB-100 infrared reflectometer. This is because the SOC 400T has the capability to measure reflectance over a large spectral range and subsequently evaluates emittance over a large temperature range. The Gier Dunkle DB-100, on the other hand, measures total reflectance in the vicinity of 9.7 [micro]m, while emittance can only be evaluated at room temperature. Another remarkable difference between the two instruments is that the DB-100 measures hemispherical-normal reflectance, whereas the SOC 400T measures normal-hemispherical reflectance.


As stated at the onset, the SOC 400T is designed to measure infrared reflectance of samples that are opaque to infrared radiation. However, by following a general theory and measurement procedure documented by Christie and Hunter (1984), the reflectometer can be adapted to measure both infrared reflectance and transmittance of diathermanous samples. Emittance is easily estimated from the reflectance and the transmittance measurements.

The SOC 400T was calibrated by first leaving the measurement port uncovered while the room was scanned and the zero spectrum recorded. Care was taken not to obstruct the field of view of the measurement port. A specular gold disk was then placed over the measurement port and the reference spectrum recorded. The gold disk has a constant reflectance value of 0.98 in the wavelength range of 2.0 < [lambda] < 25.0 [micro]m. To confirm this reflectance value, a reflectance measurement was obtained after calibration while the gold disk was still in place. This confirmation was necessary since the gold disk also served as a backing surface. As such, its reflectance value needed to be known accurately. The reflectance of a second backing surface (black surface) was also measured and found to be 0.07.

Having obtained the calibration spectra and the reflectance values of the two backing surfaces, two sets of spectral reflectance measurements were taken for each sample listed in Table 1. The first set of measurements was obtained by placing the sample over the measurement port with the gold surface backing it. The second set of measurements was obtained by replacing the gold surface with the black surface. In both cases, the total emittance of the opaque surface formed by the sample and the backing surface were computed from the spectral reflectance measurements at temperatures ranging from 290 K to 300 K (62.3[degrees]F to 80.3[degrees]F).

Longwave properties of fabrics

Consider longwave radiation incident on the surface of a given fabric sample. Assuming the sample is gray, the longwave reflectance [[rho].sup.m.sub.lw] the longwave transmittance [[tau].sup.m.sub.lw] and the emittance [[epsilon].sup.m] are related by principle of energy conservation and Kirchhoff's law:

[[rho].sup.m.sub.lw] = 1 - [[tau].sup.m.sub.lw] - [[epsilon].sup.m]. (1)

The superscript m is used to designate a fabric (i.e., material) property as opposed to the corresponding effective longwave property of the pleated drapery. For an opaque sample, [[tau].sup.m.sub.lw] = 0 and

[[rho].sup.m.sub.lw] = 1 - [[epsilon].sup.m]. (2)

The SOC 400T measures the spectral reflectance of an opaque surface, integrates the spectral data with respect to blackbody spectrum at a given temperature, and computes [[epsilon].sup.m]. The value of [[rho].sup.m.sub.lw] can subsequently be calculated from Equation 2.

To estimate [[epsilon].sup.m] and [[tau].sup.m.sub.lw] of a diathermanous sample, the procedure outlined by Christie and Hunter (1984) is used. Christie and Hunter used this theory to derive reflectance equations by considering longwave radiation incident on a thin diathermanous film backed by two different surfaces. The system (i.e., the diathermanous film together with the backing surface) reflectance in each case is dependent on the film and the backing surface reflectance values as well as the film transmittance. Given the reflectance values of the backing surfaces, the film reflectance [[rho].sup.m.sub.lw] and the film transmittance [[tau].sup.m.sub.lw] were obtained as

[[rho].sup.m.sub.lw] = ([[rho].sub.B1]/[[rho].sub.B2]) [[rho].sub.S2]- [[rho].sub.S1]/([[rho].sub.B1]/[[rho].sub.B2]) + [[rho].sub.B1] ([[rho].sub.S2]- [[rho].sub.S1]) - 1 (3)


[[tau].sup.m.sub.lw] = [square root of ([[rho].sub.S1] - [[rho].sup.m.sub.lw]) (1 - [[rho].sup.m.sub.lw] [[rho].sub.B1]/[[rho].sub.B1]], (4)

where [[rho].sub.S1] and [[rho].sub.S2] are the system reflectance values with backing surfaces 1 and 2 in place, while [[rho].sub.B1] and [[rho].sub.B2] are the reflectance values of backing surfaces 1 and 2. Having obtained [[rho].sup.m.sub.lw] and [[tau].sup.m.sub.lw], [[epsilon].sup.m] can be calculation from Equation 5:

[[epsilon].sup.m] = 1 - [[tau].sup.m.sub.lw] - [[rho].sup.m.sub.lw]. (5)

Typical uncertainties associated with the values [[rho].sup.m.sub.lw], [[tau].sup.m.sub.lw], and [[epsilon].sup.m] were estimated to be [+ or -]0.016, [+ or -]0.024, and [+ or -]0.028, respectively. Details of the uncertainty analysis were discussed in Kotey (2009).

Relationship between fabric longwave properties and openness

To establish a relationship between [[epsilon].sup.m] and [A.sub.o], measured values of [[epsilon].sup.m] were plotted against 1 - [A.sub.o], as shown in Figure 2a. Note that values of [A.sub.o] were obtained from solar optical measurements (Kotey et al. 2009c). Equation 6 is the result of a regression fit (goodness of fit, [R.sup.2] = 0.94) obtained from the measured data:

[[epsilon].sup.m] = 0.87 (1 - [A.sub.o]). (6)

The straight line shown in Figure 2a represents Equation 6. Clearly, there is a strong correlation between [[epsilon].sup.m] and 1 - [A.sub.o]. The regression fit was set to pass through the origin, since, in the limit where [A.sub.o] [right arrow] 1 (i.e., the fabric disappears), [[epsilon].sup.m] [right arrow] 0 and Equation 6 correctly satisfies this limiting case.

A similar relationship was established between [[tau].sup.m.sub.lw] and [A.sub.o] by plotting values of 1 - [[tau].sup.m.sub.lw] against 1 - [A.sub.o]; see Figure 2b. Equation 7 is the result of a regression fit (goodness of fit, [R.sup.2] = 0.95) obtained from the plot:

1 - [[tau].sup.m.sub.lw] = 0.95 (1 - [A.sub.o]). (7)

Again, there exists a strong correlation between [[tau].sup.m.sub.lw] and [A.sub.o], as seen in Figure 2b. The straight line shown in Figure 2b, representing Equation 7, passes through the origin, since in the limit where [A.sub.o] [right arrow] 1, [[tau].sup.m.sub.lw] [right arrow] 1. Substituting 1 - [A.sub.o] from Equation 7 into Equation 6 gives a relationship between [[epsilon].sup.m] and [[tau].sup.m.sub.lw], i.e.,

[[epsilon].sup.m] = 0.92 (1 - [[tau].sup.m.sub.lw]). (8)


To confirm this relationship, measured values of [[epsilon].sup.m] were plotted against 1 - [[tau].sup.m.sub.lw], as shown in Figure 2c. A regression fit (goodness of fit, [R.sup.2] = 0.99) given by Equation 8 was indeed realized. Such a strong correlation further validates the relationships established between longwave properties and openness.

Effective longwave properties of pleated draperies

A drapery consists of a series of fabric pleats that are nonuniform. Similar to the approach used by Farber et al. (1963), in determining the effective solar properties, rectangular pleats have been used as an approximation to determine the effective longwave properties. Since the pleats are repetitive, an enclosure formed by two consecutive pleats will represent an entire drapery layer. A cross-section of such an enclosure is shown in Figure 3a. The representative enclosure is made up of two sub-enclosures with pleat width w and pleat spacing s. Fictitious surfaces at the front and back openings complete the enclosure.

The longwave properties of the drapery are influenced by pleat geometry, which can be described in terms of folding ratio (Fr) or percent fullness. Fr is defined as the total length of the fabric divided by the length of the drapery L. When the length of the fabric is twice that of the drapery (Fr = 2), the drapery is described as having 100% fullness. Figure 3 shows draperies with different values of Fr and percent fullness. The geometry of Figure 3 gives Fr = 1 + w/s.

Consider longwave radiation [I.sub.lw] incident on a representative enclosure; see Figure 4. Pleated drapery longwave radiative properties are modeled based on a conventional gray enclosure with the following assumptions:

* the thickness of the fabric is negligible,

* fabric surfaces are isothermal,

* fabric longwave properties are independent of temperature,

* fabric surfaces are perfectly flat,

* incident longwave radiation is uniformly distributed, and

* fabric surfaces are uniformly irradiated.

Since longwave radiation is originally diffuse, it remains diffuse within the enclosure as it interacts with the surfaces before finally emerging in the forward (transmission) and backward (reflection) direction. The effective longwave transmittance ([[tau].sup.eff.sub.lw]) and the effective longwave reflectance ([[rho].sup.eff.sub.lw]) of the drapery are determined accordingly. Note that front effective longwave properties of pleated drapery are equal to the corresponding back effective longwave properties since fabric longwave properties are free from front/back influence. The radiant analysis can be performed with the following definitions in mind:

[J.sub.i] = radiosity of surface i

[G.sub.i] = irradiance at surface i

The following equations are applied:

[J.sub.1] = [[rho].sup.m.sub.lw] [G.sub.1] + [[tau].sup.m.sub.lw] [I.sub.lw] , (9)

[J.sub.2] = [[rho].sup.m.sub.lw] [G.sub.2] + [[tau].sup.m.sub.lw] [G.sub.8], (10)

[J.sub.4] = [[rho].sup.m.sub.lw] [G.sub.4] + [[tau].sup.m.sub.lw] [G.sub.6], (11)

[J.sub.6] = [[rho].sup.m.sub.lw] [G.sub.6] + [[tau].sup.m.sub.lw] [G.sub.4], (12)

[J.sub.7] = [[rho].sup.m.sub.lw] [G.sub.7], (13)

[J.sub.8] = [[rho].sup.m.sub.lw] [G.sub.8] + [[tau].sup.m.sub.lw] [G.sub.2]. (14)



The radiosity of surface 5 is [J.sub.5] = [I.sub.lw], while the radiosity of surface 3 is [J.sub.3] = 0.

The diffuse irradiance on each surface of the top or bottom sub-enclosure is given by

[G.sub.i] = [summation over (j)] [F.sub.ij] [J.sub.j]. (15)

The view factor [F.sub.ij] is the fraction of diffuse radiation leaving surface that is intercepted by surface j. The values of [F.sub.ij] can be determined by Hottel's crossed string rule (e.g., Hollands 2004). Since all surfaces are flat, [F.sub.ii] = 0.The irradiance on each surface of either sub-enclosure can be calculated using Equation 15, with the subscripts i and j applied to the given number of surfaces in that sub-enclosure. For example, the irradiance on surface 4 of the top sub-enclosure is

[G.sub.4] = [F.sub.44] [J.sub.4] + [F.sub.41] [J.sub.1] + [F.sub.42] [J.sub.2] + [F.sub.43] [J.sub.3]. (16)

Equations 9 to 14 are linear and can be solved by matrix reduction with [I.sub.lw] set to unity. The values of [[tau].sup.eff.sub.lw] and [[rho].sup.eff.sub.lw] are as follows:

[[tau].sup.eff.sub.lw] = [G.sub.3] + ([[tau].sup.m.sub.lw]) [G.sub.7], (17)

[[rho].sup.eff.sub.lw] = [[rho].sup.m.sub.lw] + [[tau].sup.m.sub.lw] [G.sub.1] + [G.sub.5]/2. (18)

From the principle of energy conservation and Kirchhoff's law, the effective emittance of the pleated drapery [[epsilon].sup.eff] can be calculated from Equation 19:

[[epsilon].sup.eff] = 1 - [[tau].sup.eff.sub.lw] - [[rho].sup.eff.sub.lw]. (19)


Longwave properties of fabrics

Examining Equations 6 and 7, it can be seen that the longwave properties of fabrics are only dependent on the openness. since the openness of fabrics is free of front/back influence, it implies that front longwave properties are equal to the corresponding back longwave properties.

The coefficient in Equation 6 may be considered to be the total hemispherical emittance of the fabric structure. This is because when [A.sub.o] = 0, the emittance of the fabric is simply equal to the emittance of the structure. The measurements show that irrespective of the color of the fabric, the emittance of the structure may be considered to be constant.

Table 2 summarizes the estimated total hemispherical emittance, transmittance, and reflectance of the structure of the fabrics. Also shown in Table 2 are the total normal emittance values of typical opaque surfaces at specified temperatures (Modest 1993; Siegel and Howell 1993; Incropera and DeWitt 2001). For smooth surfaces, the hemispherical emittance can be estimated from the normal emittance values. Materials with high emittance tend to behave like dielectrics and, therefore, have a hemispherical emittance that is 3% to 5% greater than the normal emittance (Modest 1993; Hollands 2004). Note that the aforementioned conversion factors were not applied since fabrics generally have rough surfaces and the normal to hemispherical emittance conversion is not applicable. From the literature survey, it can be seen that a typical fabric made from dyed cloth has a high emittance that is independent of the color of the dye (paint).

Consideration will now turn to the behavior of longwave transmittance of the fabrics when [A.sub.o] = 0. From Equation 7, it is evident that [[tau].sup.m.sub.lw] does not necessarily drop to zero under such circumstances. Substituting [A.sub.o] = 0 into Equation 7 gives [[tau].sup.m.sub.lw] of the fabric structure, which is included in Table 2. The finite value of [[tau].sup.m.sub.lw] when [A.sub.o] = 0 may be attributed to multiple reflections between yarns of the fabric and subsequent transmission through the interstices of the fabric structure. To further substantiate this argument, the [[rho].sup.m.sub.lw] value of the fabric structure was estimated from Equation 1 given the values of [[tau].sup.m.sub.lw] and [[epsilon].sup.m]. The result is also included in Table 2. It is clearly seen from Table 2 that fabrics generally have low values of [[rho].sup.m.sub.lw] and correspondingly low values of [[tau].sup.m.sub.lw], as expected.


Effective longwave properties of pleated draperies

Typical draperies with sheer fabric ([A.sub.o] = 0.44), open-weave fabric ([A.sub.o] = 0.34), semi-open-weave fabric ([A.sub.o] = 0.15), and closed-weave fabric ([A.sub.o] = 0.01) were selected. The effective longwave properties of draperies made from the selected fabrics were calculated using models developed in the preceeding sections. The results are shown in Figure 5 for the variation of effective longwave properties with Fr. Note that for w = 0(Fr = 1), the drapery is flat, and the effective longwave properties of the drapery correspond to the longwave properties of the fabric.

It can be seen that [[epsilon].sup.eff] for draperies always increases with increasing Fr regardless of fabric openness. Draperies with sheer fabric show the sharpest increase in [[epsilon].sup.eff] with Fr, while draperies with closed-weave fabric show the least increase in [[epsilon].sup.eff] with Fr. In other words, the greater the value of the openness, the sharper the increase in [[epsilon].sup.eff] with Fr. On the other hand, [[tau].sup.eff.sub.lw] for the draperies considered always decreases with Fr. It is to be expected that pleating will consistently decrease [[tau].sup.eff.sub.lw] because there is more opportunity for radiation to be absorbed in the fabric because of the inter-reflection that arises if the fabric can view itself.

The calculated values of [[rho].sup.eff.sub.lw] reveal an interesting phenomenon. Draperies with sheer and open-weave fabrics have [[rho].sup.eff.sub.lw] increasing to a maximum at Fr = 2, then decreasing gradually as Fr increases. On the contrary, draperies with semi-open-weave and closed-weave fabrics have [[rho].sup.eff.sub.lw] always decreasing gradually as Fr increases. Again, this is due to self-viewing. Some of the radiation that passes through the front surface of the drapery (fabric surface cd) will encounter one of the perpendicular surfaces (dg or ac), where a portion will transmit to the adjacent cavity and a portion of this radiation will exit through the opening (fictitious surface cd), either directly or by intermediate reflection. This effect is most prevalent in fabrics with higher values of openness.


A method for determining the longwave radiative properties of pleated draperies is presented. First, a portable infrared reflectometer in conjunction with two backing surfaces was used to measure the longwave radiative properties of fabrics. It was found that the emittance and longwave transmittance of fabrics are simple functions of openness as well as the emittance and longwave transmittance of the fabric structure. Second, a model that approximates a drapery layer as a series of uniform rectangular pleats was developed. The model was used to calculate the effective longwave radiative properties of pleated draperies with fabric properties as input. The model was based on conventional gray enclosure analysis with fabric surfaces assumed to be perfectly flat, isothermal, uniformly irradiated, and emit/transmit/reflect diffusely in the longwave spectrum. The effective longwave radiative properties of a pleated drapery were determined by introducing an external uniformly diffuse longwave radiation on an enclosure that represents an entire drapery layer. The results showed that the effective longwave radiative properties of a pleated drapery are only dependent on the openness of the fabric and Fr of the pleated drapery. The results also offer significant value in modeling pleated draperies in the context of building energy simulation.

DOI: 10.1080/10789669.2011.591257


Financial support from a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Postdoctoral Fellowship to N.A. Kotey is gratefully acknowledged.


[A.sub.o] = openness

[F.sub.ij] = view factor from surface i to surface j

G = irradiance

I = incident radiation

J = radiosity

s = pleat spacing

w = pleat width

[epsilon] = emittance

[theta] = angle of incidence

[lambda] = wavelength

[rho] = reflectance

[tau] = transmittance


B1 = backing surface 1

B2 = backing surface 2

bb = beam-to-beam solar optical property

lw = longwave

S1 = system 1 (diathermanous layer with backing surface 1)

S2 = system 1 (diathermanous layer with backing surface 2)

sol = shortwave (solar)


m = fabric material


ASTM. 1971. ASTM Standard E408-71, standard test method for total normal emittance of surfaces using inspection-meter techniques. Philadelphia: American Society for Testing and Materials.

Christie, E.A., and A.J. Hunter. 1984. Total infrared radiation property measurements of diathermanous films with a reflectometer. Solar Energy 33(6):613-8.

Farber, E.A., W.A. Smith, C.W. Pennington, and J.C. Reed. 1963. Theoretical analysis of solar heat gain through insulating glass with inside shading. ASHRAE Transactions 69:392-405.

Hollands, K.G.T. 2004. Form factors and their evaluation. In Thermal Radiation Fundamentals. New York: Begell House, Inc.

Incropera, F.P., D.P. DeWitt, T.L. Bergman, and A.S. Lavine. 2007. Fundamentals o Heat and Mass Trans er, 6th ed. New York: John Wiley and Sons.

Jaworske, D.A., and T.J. Skowronski. 2000. Portable infrared reflectometer for evaluating emittance. Proceedings of the Space Technology and Applications International Forum, Albuquerque, New Mexico, pp. 791-796.

Keyes, M.W. 1967. Analysis and rating of drapery materials used for indoor shading. ASHRAE Transactions 73(1):8.4.1.

Kotey, N. A. 2009. Measurements and models related to solar optics in windows with shading devices. PhD Thesis, university of Waterloo. Waterloo, ON, Canada.

Kotey, N.A., M.R. Collins, J.L. Wright, and T. Jiang. 2009a. A simplified method for calculating the effective solar optical

properties of a venetian blind layer for building energy simulation. ASME Journal o Solar Energy Engineering 131.

Kotey, N.A., J.L. Wright, and M.R. Collins. 2009b. A detailed model to determine the effective solar optical properties of draperies. ASHRAE Transactions 117(1):130--44.

Kotey, N.A., J.L. Wright, and M.R. Collins. 2009c. Determining off-normal solar optical properties of drapery fabrics. ASHRAE Transactions 117(2):3-17.

Kotey, N.A., J.L. Wright, and M.R. Collins. 2009d. Determining off-normal solar optical properties of insect screens. ASHRAE Transactions 117(1):155-64.

Kotey, N.A., J.L. Wright, and M.R. Collins. 2009e. Determining off-normal solar optical properties of roller blinds. ASHRAE Transactions 117(1):145-54.

Modest, M.F. 1993. Radiative Heat Trans er. San Diego, CA: McGraw-Hill, Inc.

Parmelee, G. V. and W.W. Aubele. 1952. The shading of sunlit glass: An analysis of the effect of uniformly spaced flat opaque slats. ASHVE Transactions 58:377-98.

Pfrommer, P., K.J. Lomas, and C. Kupke. 1996. Solar radiation transport through slat-type blinds: A new model and its application for thermal simulation of buildings. Solar Energy 57(2):77-91.

Rheault, S., and E. Bilgen. 1989. Heat transfer analysis in an automated venetian blind system. Journal o Solar Energy 111(Feb.):89-95.

Rosenfeld, J.L.J., W.J. Platzer, H. Van Dijk, and A. Maccari. 2000. Modelling the optical and thermal properties of complex glazing: Overview of recent developments. Solar Energy 69(Suppl. 1-6):1-13.

Siegel, R., and J. Howell. 2002. Thermal Radiation Heat Transfer, 4th ed. New York: Taylor & Francis.

Surface Optics Corporation. 2002. SOC 400T User Guide. San Diego, CA: Author.

Wright, J.L., and N.A. Kotey. 2006. Solar absorption by each element in a glazing/shading layer array. ASHRAE Transactions 112(2):3-12.

Yahoda, D.S., and J.L. Wright. 2004. Methods for calculating the effective longwave radiative properties of a venetian blind layer. ASHRAE Transactions 110:463-73.

Yahoda, D.S., and J.L. Wright. 2005. Methods for calculating the effective solar-optical properties of a venetian blind layer. ASHRAE Transactions 111(1):572-86.

Nathan A. Kotey (1), John L. Wright (2), and Michael R. Collins (2), *

(1) Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 3K7

(2) Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3G1

* Corresponding author e-mail:

Received January 25, 2011; accepted May 12, 2011

Nathan A. Kotey, Student Member ASHRAE, is NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow. John L. Wright, PhD, PEng, Member ASHRAE, is Professor. Michael R. Collins, PhD, PEng, Member ASHRAE, is Associate Professor.
Table 1. Description of fabric samples.

Type Color [A.sub.0]

Sheer Cream 0.44
Open weave, light colored White 0.24
Semi-open weave, light White 0.01
 colored (IIL)
Closed weave, light White 0.01
 colored (IIIL)
Open weave, medium Brown 0.34
 colored (IM)
Semi-open weave, Green 0.02
 medium colored (IIM)
Closed weave, medium Blue 0.01
 colored (IIIM)
Open weave, dark colored Black 0.20
Semi-open weave, dark Black 0.05
 colored (IID)

Table 2. Summary of longwave properties.

 Experimental results
Shading hemispherical Estimated Estimated
material emittance of hemispherical hemispherical
 structure at 300 transmittance of reflectance of
 K(80.3[degrees]F) structure structure

Fabrics 0 87 0 05 0 08

 Results from literature survey
material Surface Typical total
 Opaque temperature, K normal
 surfaces ([degrees]F) emittance

Fabrics Paint (all 300 (80 3) 0.92-0.98
 Cloth 293 (67 7) 0.77-0.78
COPYRIGHT 2011 Taylor & Francis Ltd.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2011 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Author:Kotey, Nathan A.; Wright, John L.; Collins, Michael R.
Publication:HVAC & R Research
Date:Sep 1, 2011
Previous Article:Design specifications for wet-bulb aspirator apparatus.
Next Article:Variable-speed heat pump model for a wide range of cooling conditions and loads.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2019 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters