Thermal Performance of Various Microencapsulated Phase Change Material Drywalls Integrated into Buildings: A Numerical Investigation by ESP-r

  • Weiguang SuEmail author
  • Jo Darkwa
  • Georgios Kokogiannakis
  • Yilin Li
Conference paper
Part of the Environmental Science and Engineering book series (ESE)


Microencapsulated phase change materials (MEPCMs) have been recognized as potential energy storage materials which could be used for reducing energy consumption and improve indoor thermal comfort in buildings. However, current MEPCMs are limited by their singular phase change transitional temperatures and therefore unable to satisfy all year seasonal energy storage applications. This study was therefore focused on numerical assessment of the energy-saving potential of different types of MEPCM drywalls and a binary MEPCM drywall system by ESP-r. The simulation results showed that the laminated binary MEPCM drywall performed thermally better than the other types of walls over a period of the six months. In comparison with the building without MEPCM layer, the binary MEPCM drywall did reduce the peak indoor air temperature by 2.9–6.7 °C and was able to increase about 12% indoor thermal comfort time.


Binary microencapsulated phase change material drywall Indoor thermal comfort Thermal energy storage ESP-r 



The research is supported by Natural Science Foundation of Shadong Province (Number ZR2017LEE017) and the Youth Doctoral Cooperation Project of Qilu University of Technology (Number 2018BSHZ0023).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Mechanical and Automotive EngineeringQilu University of Technology (Shandong Academy of Sciences)JinanChina
  2. 2.The University of NottinghamNottinghamUK
  3. 3.Sustainable Buildings Research CentreUniversity of WollongongWollongongAustralia
  4. 4.School of Environment and ArchitectureUniversity of Shanghai for Science and TechnologyShanghaiChina

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