Low emittance coatings and the thermal performance of vacuum glazing

Yueping Fang, Philip Eames, Brian Norton, Trevor Hyde, Junfu Zhao, Jinlei Wang, Ye Huang

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The thermal performances of vacuum glazings employing coatings with emittance between 0.02 and 0.16 were simulated using a three-dimensional finite volume model. Physical samples of vacuum glazings with hard and soft coatings with emittance of 0.04, 0.12 and 0.16 were fabricated and their thermal performance characterised experimentally using a guarded hot box calorimeter. Good agreement was found between experimental and theoretical thermal performances for both a vacuum glazing with a soft coating (emittance 0.04) and those with hard coatings (emittance 0.12 and 0.16). Simulations showed that for a low value of emittance (e.g. 0.02), the use of two low-emittance coatings gives limited improvement in thermal performance of the glazing system. The use of a single high performance low-emittance coating in a vacuum glazing has been shown to provide excellent performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-12
Number of pages5
JournalSolar Energy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2007


  • Vacuum glazing
  • Low-emittance coating
  • Thermal performance
  • Insolation


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