Modelling of the conductive heat transfer through nano-structured porous silica materials

Abstract : There is currently a growing interest in nano-structured silica based materials due to their remarkable thermal properties. These materials are notably used in Vacuum Insulating Panels (VIP). Their exceptional insulating performances have been demonstrated experimentally for a relatively long time. But the heat transfer mechanisms occurring in this kind of materials remain relatively badly known due to the nanometric dimensions and to the complexity of the porous structure. Therefore, the present study aims to develop a numerical model for estimating the magnitude of conductive heat transfer inside nano-structured silicas using a realistic representation of their complex porous structure. The model takes into account the special porous morphology of the materials at both the nanometric and microscopic scale. Moreover, the conduction heat transfer at the nanometric scale is treated using a numerical resolution of the Boltzmann equation since the validity of the macroscopic laws is then questionable. The computations are conducted using phonon properties of silica obtained in the literature. A parametric study allows us to analyse the influence of structural characteristics and thermo-physical properties on the insulating performances and thus to highlight the most important parameters.
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R Coquard, D Baillis, V Grigorova, Franck Enguehard, D Quenard, et al.. Modelling of the conductive heat transfer through nano-structured porous silica materials. Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, Elsevier, 2013, ⟨10.1016/j.jnoncrysol.2012.11.053⟩. ⟨hal-01287425⟩

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