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Glass bead RR materials applied to building facades

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Recently scientists explored the durability of glass bead retro-reflective (RR) materials applied to building facades.

The long-term change for glass bead RR materials  applied to building facades was evaluated in a new study. Source: DanBu.Berlin –Fotolia.com.

The long-term change for glass bead RR materials  applied to building facades was evaluated in a new study. Source: DanBu.Berlin –Fotolia.com.

Heat from buildings contributes about 1/2 of the city’s anthropogenic heat to the urban heat island (UHI). The ratio of heat emitted from building external walls occupies about 1/3 of the anthropogenic waste heat total in Japan. Retro-reflective (RR) materials applied to building facades instead of highly reflective (HR) materials for UHI mitigation are being studied.

Different refractive indices and different color reflective layers

Glass bead RR material is one of the main RR material types. In a new study, several glass bead RR materials with different refractive indices and different color reflective layers were developed. The long-term change in solar reflectivity and angular distribution of reflection intensity for these glass bead RR materials was evaluated for purpose of durability verification.

No significant change after a long period of time

The result showed that both the solar reflectivity and angular distribution of reflection intensity for these developed glass bead RR materials almost have no significant change after 368 days of exposure in the outdoor environment. Moreover, it is shown that the glass bead RR material with a refractive index of 1.9 has much better RR performance, compared to that with a refractive index of 1.5.

The study is published in: Progress in Organic Coatings Volume 120, July 2018, Pages 36-48.

related links:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0300944017307312?_rdoc=1&_fmt=high&_origin=gateway&_docanchor=&md5=b8429449ccfc9c30159a5f9aeaa92ffb&dgcid=raven_sd_via_email

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