Theses and Dissertations - UTRGV

Date of Award

12-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Maysam Pournik

Second Advisor

Dr. Jongmin Kim

Third Advisor

Dr. Philip Park

Abstract

As climate change becomes a more dire issue and more readily accepted by those in power, the demand for local and systemic solutions grows louder. In urban environments, one issue of concern is the contribution of anthropogenic heat from buildings which contributes to localized warming of the environment. A method that can reduce anthropogenic heat is decreasing the thermal conductivity of building materials. The objective of this study is to examine the possibility of using palm fibers to reduce the thermal conductivity of quick-set concrete samples. The data gathered in this study are used to determine the thermal conductivity value of samples with varying weight percentage content of palm fiber. These results lend evidence to the worth of exploring methods of using local sources of organic fibers to reduce the thermal conductivity of building materials which may help reduce anthropogenic heat from new building constructions. Based on the results of this study, adding palm fiber reduces the thermal conductivity of quick-set concrete samples.

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