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1. Preparation, Properties, and Applications of Natural Cellulosic Aerogels: A Review

January 2020
Ahsan Zaman | Fei Huang | Man Jiang | Wei Wei | Zuowan Zhou

•Study of different types of solvents and most effective one to dissolve cellulose.•Reviewing various freezing mechanisms and their effect on the aerogel morphology.•Interpreting several pore forming...

2. A review of data mining technologies in building energy systems: Load prediction, pattern identification, fault detection and diagnosis

April 2020
Yang Zhao | Chaobo Zhang | Yiwen Zhang | Zihao Wang | Junyang Li

•Supervised data mining-based methods for building energy systems are reviewed.•Unsupervised data mining-based methods for building energy systems are reviewed.•Strengths and shortcomings of the existing...

3. Recent progress in liquid desiccant dehumidification and air-conditioning: A review

January 2020
Xiangjie Chen | Saffa Riffat | Hongyu Bai | Xiaofeng Zheng | David Reay

•This paper presents a literature review on the recent research progress in liquid desiccant dehumidification and air conditioning systems.•The physical features of various liquid desiccant materials...

4. A high-efficiency regenerative shock absorber considering twin ball screws transmissions for application in range-extended electric vehicles

January 2020
Zhanwen Wang | Tianming Zhang | Zutao Zhang | Yanping Yuan | Yujie Liu

•A novel regenerative shock absorber is designed for range-extended electric vehicles.•A reliable ball screw gear system transforms vibration into unidirectional rotation.•Proper asymmetric ratio of...

5. Investigation of heat transfer of a building wall in the presence of phase change material (PCM)

April 2020
Rafid Jahangir Khan | Md. Zubayer Hossain Bhuiyan | Dewan Hasan Ahmed

•Conduct experiments on heat transfer of a building wall in the presence of PCM.•Placing PCM close to heat source exhibits lower temperature gain in the colder region.•With PCM, there was a time delay...

6. Aerodynamics of railway train/tunnel system: A review of recent research

October 2020
Jiqiang Niu | Yang Sui | Qiujun Yu | Xiaoling Cao | Yanping Yuan

•Aerodynamics of railway train / tunnel system and their factors are discussed.•Formation mechanism and development of aerodynamic effects in tunnels are presented.•Relationship between aerodynamic...

7. Solar aided power generation: A review

January 2020
Jiyun Qin | Eric Hu | Xiaohua Li

•This is the first review paper specifically on the SAPG technology since its research staring in 1990s.•Currently, the R&D on SAPG is moving from design stage to operation stage.•Directions for future...

8. Future cities and autonomous vehicles: analysis of the barriers to full adoption

Available online 28 May 2020
Nacer Eddine Bezai | Benachir Medjdoub | Amin Al-Habaibeh | Moulay Larbi Chalal | Fodil Fadli

•Identify Autonomous vehicles barriers will help to promote their adoption•Safety, users’ acceptance and behaviour are the predominant barriers of AVs•Distrust feelings and perception affect people...

9. Optical and thermal performance analysis of aerogel glazing technology in a commercial building of Hong Kong

April 2020
C.K. Leung | L. Lu | Y. Liu | H.S. Cheng | Jeff H. Tse

•The thermal performances of aerogel glazing for a building is modeled.•Aerogel glazing could reduce 57% heat gain and save 8.5% cooling energy.•Aerogel glazing has a very low solar heat gain coefficient.•Glazing...

10. Energy consumption pattern and indoor thermal environment of residential building in rural China

July 2020
Baiyi Li | Liyao You | Min Zheng | Yao Wang | Ziguang Wang

•The energy consumption structure of rural households in Guanghan, China was investigated.•The building energy consumption pattern of rural households was analyzed.•The indoor environmental parameters...

11. Electricity demand forecasting for decentralised energy management

April 2020
Sean Williams | Michael Short

•A novel univariate electricity demand forecasting methodology is constructed.•Simple data transformation techniques offer a less data-intensive forecast method.•Computer simulation is carried out to...

12. Study on the impact of window shades’ physical characteristics and opening modes on air conditioning energy consumption in China

July 2020
Yutong Tan | Jinqing Peng | Charlie Curcija | Rongxin Yin | Lu Deng | Youming Chen

•A shading schedule of residential buildings is obtained through 949 questionnaires.•Two opening modes of window shades were considered.•Analyzed the six physical characteristics of window shades on...

13. Assessing the implications of submetering with energy analytics to building energy savings

January 2020
Zhiqiang (John) Zhai | Andrea Salazar

•Study building portfolios to explore if relations exist between metering depth and energy savings.•Find deeper submetering enables deeper energy savings, with one exception for sensor-level data.•Provide...

14. CFD performance analysis of finned-tube CO2 gas coolers with various inlet air flow patterns

July 2020
Xinyu Zhang | Yunting Ge | Jining Sun

•Advanced CFD modelling method is used to analyse the CO2 gas cooler performance.•Reversed heat transfer and air-maldistributions are analysed by the CFD model.•The CO2 refrigerant temperature profiles...

15. Investigation of thermal environment and the associated energy consumption of transportation buildings along the expressways in the cold region of China: A case study

July 2020
Xiangfei Kong | Xu Qiao | Guangpu Yuan

•Thermal comfort of transportation buildings alongside the expressways was evaluated.•Energy consumption performance of these transportation buildings was studied.•The main influencing factors of energy...

16. A new pin-to-plate corona discharger with clean air protection for particulate matter removal

January 2020
Yuting Gu | Enze Tian | Fanxuan Xia | Tao Yu | Alireza Afshari | Jinhan Mo

•We developed a new pin-to-plate corona discharger with particle-free air protection.•Few particles deposited on the new discharger observed by an optical microscope.•The new discharger provides lower...

17. A bi-objective optimization approach for selection of passive energy alternatives in retrofit projects under cost uncertainty

January 2020
Farhad Amiri Fard | Fuzhan Nasiri

•Building retrofits can incorporate passive technologies improving energy efficiency.•An assessment-optimization approach is proposed to prioritize these technologies.•We account for monetary and non-monetary...

18. Effect of traffic tidal flow on pollutant dispersion in various street canyons and corresponding mitigation strategies

July 2020
Zhengtong Li | Tianhao Shi | Yongjia Wu | Hao Zhang | Yu-Hsuan Juan | Tingzhen Ming | Nan Zhou

•Traffic tidal flow in different street canyons was studied.•Personal intake fractions of CO in street canyons were evaluated.•Wind catchers were introduced to reduce pollutant concentration....

19. Evaluation of stearic acid/coconut shell charcoal composite phase change thermal energy storage materials for tankless solar water heater

April 2020
Baoshan Xie | Chuanchang Li | Bo Zhang | Lixin Yang | Guiyu Xiao | Jian Chen

•Cost-effective form-stabilized composites based on coconut shell charcoal (CSC) were prepared.•H2O2 modification on CSC support can increase the loading ratio of PCM.•Enthalpy and temperature in melting...

20. Simulation study on performance of a dual-source hybrid heat pump unit with alternative refrigerants

January 2020
Chenguang Bai | Zongwei Han | Haotian Wei | Xiaomei Ju | Xinwei Meng | Qi Fu

•A novel double-source hybrid heat pump unit is proposed.•The mathematical models of the unit with alternative refrigerants are established.•The unit characteristic of R134a is compared with those of...

21. Numercial analysis on the thermal performance of capillary heat exchange system in metro running tunnel

April 2020
Mingyue Ren | Yanping Yuan | Xiaoling Cao | Liangliang Sun | Fujian Jiang

•A heat transfer model considering interaction with tunnel air is proposed.•Established a single capillary model to compare thermal interference intensity.•Optimized capillary pipe length and pipe spacing.•The...

22. Quantitative analysis of coherent structures affecting instantaneous fluctuation of point-source plumes based on PIV-POD method

April 2020
Yukun Xu | Xin Wang | Fei Wang | Bingyan Song | Yujie Zhang | Chenlu Shi

•Unique air distribution of the instantaneous point-source plume was studied.•A high-power 2D-PIV system was set up in a thermostatic chamber.•Velocity magnitude and vorticity at different plume heights...

23. Thermal Comfort models and their developments: A review

Available online 13 June 2020
Qiantao Zhao | Zhiwei Lian | Dayi Lai

•Reviewing thermal comfort models in different aspects•Analyzing the advantages and disadvantages of all the models in the review•Interpreting the importance of the models in different environments•Suggesting...

24. Operational performance of a novel heat pump coupled with mini-channel PV/T and thermal panel in low solar radiation

January 2020
Jinzhi Zhou | Xudong Zhao | Yanping Yuan | Jing Li | Min Yu | Yi Fan

•A novel solar assisted indirect-expansion heat pump system is constructed.•A novel operating model is presented under low solar radiation condition.•Experiment is carried out to analyse the performance...

25. Ventilation schemes for high-temperature buoyancy-driven plumes from spherical surfaces of a large-scale experimental facility

July 2020
Wenxuan Zhao | Wei Ye | Yu Xue | Chao Wu | Xu Zhang

•Ventilation for a large neutrino experimental station was investigated using CFD.•Ra numbers of air on spherical surfaces were (0.1–1.4) × 1014 by heating at 4200 W/m2.•Push-pull ventilation was effective...

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