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Sustainability Contest: Transparent Wood vs Glass

Neven, Emiel (2017) Sustainability Contest: Transparent Wood vs Glass. Bachelor's Thesis, Industrial Engineering and Management.

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Abstract

The main heat leakage in buildings are windows, whilst there are other options with better thermal properties, for example transparent wood. Transparent wood has a thermal conductivity of 0.32W -1 K -1 compared to 1.37W-1 K -1 of regular windows. Another problem is that a lot of fossil fuels are used in the production of regular glass, whilst transparent wood uses harmless chemicals. But transparent wood cannot be applied in the whole window, due to the fact that it is a translucent materialand not transparent. In this research a better solution for regular glass is presented for an all-sustainable school. To solve this problem different 3D-moddeled designs have been made in SolidWorkstm and compared in the end on different factors. After the comparison one of the designs seems to be superior compared to the other designs. The design consist of the maximum amount of transparent wood, while maintaining vision outside by the use of glass at eye level. This design does not only cut the heat losses and fossil fuels used for the production, but it maintains vision outside by using a combination of transparent wood and glass.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Degree programme: Industrial Engineering and Management
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 08:31
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 08:31
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/15696

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