Roof geometry as a determinant of thermal behaviour: A comparative study of vaulted and flat surfaces in a hot-arid zone

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Abstract

The paper presents a quantitative comparison of the relative solar exposure and thermal behaviour patterns of semi-cylindrical and flat roof surfaces under typical conditions in a hot-arid climatic zone, based en results obtained from mathematical and physical models. A review of sources on the subject is followed by a description of the experimental methods used to model solar and thermal effects on the various roof surfaces, and by an analysis of the results obtained from these models.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-86
Number of pages12
JournalArchitectural Science Review
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1993

Keywords

  • Arid zone
  • Flat roofs
  • Geometry of roofs
  • Hot-arid zone
  • Roofs
  • Thermal behaviour
  • Vaults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture

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