Development of Advanced Elastocaloric Technologies to Mitigate Urban Climate Change in Cities

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This thesis will develop elastocaloric cooling systems that will find application in buildings and the built environment. The main aims of the thesis are to establish a new technology capable of enhancing the efficiency of traditional cooling systems used in urban mitigation technologies and of reducing the contribution of structural and architectural components to the urban heat island effect. This work will be supported by a new theoretical platform that will incorporate the elastocaloric cooling behaviour into the structural, thermal and energy performance of the urban components, as well as by prototype testing. The outcomes of the project will have a beneficial impact on the Australian and world cities, building and construction industry.

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Supervisory team
Francesco
Fiorito

Built Environment
Architecture and Design
Mattheos
Santamouris

Built Environment
Architecture and Design
Afroditi
Synnefa

Built Environment
Architecture and Design
f.fiorito@unsw.edu.au

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