Experimental investigation of integrated radiant ceiling panel and diffuse ceiling ventilation under cooling conditions

Marie Rugholm Krusaa*, Ida Ørduk Hoffmann, Christian Anker Hviid

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This paper investigates experimentally the cooling performance of a concept, where the radiant ceiling is suspended from the hollow-core concrete slab and by ventilation supply in the plenum and the perforations of the ceiling tiles, ventilation air is distributed without ducts and air terminals to the occupied zone. Literature has proven that this concept allows for more streamlined installation procedures and excellent performance in terms of thermal comfort and draught. The paper reports experimental results from a climate chamber, where the concept was tested under both steady-state and quasi-steady conditions. The steady-state conditions were chosen to map the cooling performance with different air change rates, and different ventilation and water supply temperatures. The results showed that for air change rates of 3 h−1 in the occupied zone and water supply temperature of 17 °C, the cooling output from the ceiling increased by 10 %. The concept was also tested under quasi-steady conditions in a 48 h cycle to quantify the thermal buffering effect of the exposed upper concrete slab when subjected to ventilation supply air. The effect amounted to 11–12 % increased cooling capacity at the end of the working day when the driving temperatures between air, water and thermal zones were at their maximum.
Original languageEnglish
Article number112101
JournalEnergy and Buildings
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Heating
  • Cooling
  • Diffuse ventilation
  • Radiant ceilings
  • Heat transfer coefficient
  • Thermal comfort


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