Thermal mass


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Thermal mass

A lot of heat energy is required to change the temperature of high-density materials like concrete, bricks, and tiles. They are therefore said to have high thermal mass. Eco designers will strategically place these materials to create heat sinks that absorb heat in the winter and remain cool in the summer. Lightweight materials such as timber have low thermal mass.

thermal mass

Any material or wall that can absorb heat or cold and release it at a later time. Also see roof pond, rock storage, and Trombe wall.
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The addition of thermal mass does not increase the amount of solar energy available to a space, but it lengthens the time you can use the heat.
This same baffle is built out of cast aluminum to provide rigidity and tremendous thermal mass for heat dissipation in the midrange and tweeter.
Elsewhere concrete soffits and glazed screens complete the building's muted palette, and support the environmental aspirations by increasing thermal mass, transparency, and daylight penetration.
The flow sensor technology is a micromachined device that uses properties of thermal mass transfer to compute flow rate.
A low thermal mass design allows the nut to cool rapidly.
A model of thoughtfulness and elegant understatement, Studio Downie's scheme is also highly ecologically aware, maximising the use of daylight and natural ventilation and minimising energy consumption by employing thermal mass in the basement and in the pavilion's concrete roof.
LUXTRON's patented Fluoroptic temperature measurement technology uses probes that are immune to EMI and RF interference, electrically non-conductive and have a low thermal mass for quick response.
Smart Link Advantage (SLA) series mass flow meters and controllers is a smart, digital thermal mass flow platform.
The use of thermal mass materials is the oldest and simplest strategy for storing heat and naturally mitigating temperature swings.
Mass flow controllers based on capillary thermal mass flow technology are said to provide exponentially more accurate mass flow data than volumetric flow devices for industrial gas mass flow control applications.
The integrated system features a low thermal mass capillary gas chromatograph with high-speed temperature programming and a miniaturized toroidal ion trap mass spectrometer with a mass range from 41 to 500 Daltons.
Initially released in 2001, this compact thermal mass flow meter from Vogtlin Instruments has been completely re-engineered to operate on one single AA battery for up to 6 months, a micro-USB power supply or via a 12-30 VDC power supply.