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A design guide for performance assessment of solar light-pipes
  Due to an increasing demand for an improvement in environmental conditions for living and a need for energy saving, development of daylight exploitation products has accelerated. The invention of light-pipes which bring natural light indoors where sunlight cannot reach without generating excessive heat is one such example. Mathematical modelling activities aimed at predicting the daylighting performance achievable by light-pipes with various configurations under all weather conditions in the UK are being undertaken. Two models, one for straight light-pipes and the other for elbowed light-pipes are described. The models enable estimation of daylight provision of the light-pipes with a high degree of accuracy i.e., R2 values of 0.95 and 0.97 for regression between predicted and measured illuminance were respectively obtained for the above models. The maximum Mean Bias Error (MBE) and Root Mean Square Error (RMSE) were -2 lux and 27 lux. A design guide for light-pipe assessment is presented that will obviate the need for use of mathematical models.

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    01 June 2002

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    SAGE Publications

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    TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    621.47 Solar-energy enineering


Zhang, X., Muneer, T., & Kubie, J. (2002). A design guide for performance assessment of solar light-pipes. Lighting Research and Technology, 34(2), 149-168.



Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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