ACTIVE THERMAL PANEL
The aim of the project is to create a structural
panel that exhibits thermal response and helps to regulate the indoor environment. This application focuses on a ¬flooring system that incorporates a structurally supportive geometry (honeycomb) and
a phase change material that responds to
temperature change. The metallic conductivity on the metal helps retain the temperature and aids in the stabilization of the phase change material. This
enhances the energy storage capacity (in hotter temperatures) and energy emitting (in colder temperatures).
The panel is calibrated based on the comfort
range of 18C- 24 C of indoor environments.
Through a series of tests, the substance and
geometry was optimized. The project aims to have a visual dimension where changes in temperature and slab activation can be visible through thermo-chromic dye that changes color through temperature.
That way the inhabitants can be more aware
of their environments.
This project was developed at the MIT Architecture Department.