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Optical and thermal properties of commercial polymer film, modelling the albedo effect

Mohan, S. D., Davis, F. J. ORCID:, Badiee, A., Hadley, P., Twitchen, C.-A., Pearson, S. and Gargan, K. (2021) Optical and thermal properties of commercial polymer film, modelling the albedo effect. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 138 (24). 50581. ISSN 0021-8995

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Greenhouse cladding materials are an important part of greenhouse design. The cladding material controls the light transmission and distribution over the plants within the greenhouse, thereby exerting a major influence on the overall yield. Greenhouse claddings are typically translucent materials offering more diffusive transmission than reflection, however the reflective properties of the films offer a potential route to increasing the surface albedo of the local environment. We model thermal properties by modelling the films based on their optical transmissions and reflections. We can use this data to estimate their albedo and determine the amount of short wave radiation that will be transmitted/reflected/blocked by the materials and how it can influence the local environment.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Chemical Analysis Facility (CAF)
Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Chemistry
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Chemical Analysis Facility (CAF) > Electron Microscopy Laboratory (CAF)
Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Department of Crop Science
ID Code:96442

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