A simple device to measure the relative rate of heat loss through plastic coverings from greenhouse

그린하우스의 프라스틱 피복재를 통한 상대적 열손실 속도를 측정하는 간단한 장치

  • Jung, Jin (Dep't of Agricultural Chemistry Seoul National University) ;
  • Park, Byung-Bin (Dep't of Chemical Education Kongju National Teacher's College)
  • 정진 (서울대학교 농화학과) ;
  • 박병빈 (공주사범대학 화학교육과)
  • Published : 1989.12.30


In this report, we set up a simple device which enabled us to obtain data useful to estimate the relative capacity of thermal energy retention of greenhouse built with various plastic coverings. A box($20cm{\times}20cm{\times}30cm$) framed with flexiglass at the edges and covered with thin plastic films was made, in which were placed a thermostat-controlled nichrom wire heater and a thermal probe made of thermister to monitor temperature changes. A wheaston-bridge type transducer and a chart recorder were used to record the changes of temperature inside the box The data obtained by using the device showed that the relative rate of heat toss through plastic films with identical thickness decreased in the order of PE film>EVA film>PVC film and that IR additives such as fine silica gel improved the insulating power of plastic films. This observations are in well accord with general information, demostrating the feasibility of the device in usefulness for the purpose of screening of various commercial plastic coverings.