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Effects of Natural Weathering on the Performance of High Solar Reflective Index Paint Surfaces Exposed in Harsh Climatic Conditions of United Arab Emirates

Version 1 : Received: 5 June 2021 / Approved: 7 June 2021 / Online: 7 June 2021 (11:13:00 CEST)

How to cite: Nutakki, T.U.K.; Kazim, W.U. Effects of Natural Weathering on the Performance of High Solar Reflective Index Paint Surfaces Exposed in Harsh Climatic Conditions of United Arab Emirates. Preprints 2021, 2021060166 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202106.0166.v1). Nutakki, T.U.K.; Kazim, W.U. Effects of Natural Weathering on the Performance of High Solar Reflective Index Paint Surfaces Exposed in Harsh Climatic Conditions of United Arab Emirates. Preprints 2021, 2021060166 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202106.0166.v1).

Abstract

Solar reflective index (SRI) is one of the important parameters in the analysis of a building’s energetic and thermal performance, especially for “cool” reflective paints or coatings. However, there exists less information on the typical performance of the cool materials exposed for long term in the Middle East and more specifically in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In this study, we determined values of reflectance, emittance, solar reflective index (SRI), and color difference, for three different high SRI white paints exposed naturally on low and high sloped racks for three years. After 3 years, reflectance values of exposed paint panels significantly decreased with an increased color difference in comparison with original unexposed paint surfaces. Emissivity of the paint changed very little for all of the exposed samples, but SRI, determined from both the reflectance and emittance, was reduced from between 95 and 110 to between 60 and 90 after three years. This appeared to be related to exposure to high temperatures, UV radiation, and adhesion of airborne contaminants in conjunction with low precipitation. Macroscopically, panels exposed on a low slope were the most discolored with the greatest presence of dust infusion and reduction in increase in surface temperatures which was demonstrated through thermal imaging. Such natural weathering research study is necessary for the development of standard exposure tests and determination of various control elements to increase the durability of cool materials in hot and arid climatic conditions of UAE.

Subject Areas

Cool materials; cool coatings; solar reflective index; solar reflectance; thermal emittance; natural weathering; green buildings; reflective paints

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