The thermal performance of an earth sheltered shipping container

Carey, Tyler (2014) The thermal performance of an earth sheltered shipping container. [USQ Project]


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The aim of this dissertation is to document the process of gaining approval for habitable structurally modified shipping container structures. This work was completed in
union with an experimental study into the thermal affect that earth sheltering has on a shipping container, subsequently providing the NEC with an earth sheltered shipping container for storage purposes.
Data logging thermometers were used to record the outdoor temperature in Albury, NSW, along with the interior temperatures of two shipping containers. After a period
of research, design and application for development, one of these containers was earth sheltered on two sides. Temperatures were logged throughout the process allowing
comparisons to be drawn between the two containers before and after construction.
Results of this dissertation indicate that earth sheltering has a significant affect on the thermal performance of a shipping container. However, due to an uninsulated
shipping containers high thermal conductivity, other contributing factors such as the colour of the container, the aspect of the container and the amount of solar radiation the container is exposed to, can have potentially larger impacts on the shipping containers thermal performance.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Major Civil Engineering project.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Goh, Steven
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2015 04:43
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2016 04:24
Uncontrolled Keywords: shipping container, thermal performance, earth sheltered
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090599 Civil Engineering not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4005 Civil engineering > 400599 Civil engineering not elsewhere classified

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