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1. (WO2017041184) VARIABLE THERMAL INSULATION ASSEMBLY

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/041184    International Application No.:    PCT/CA2016/051072
Publication Date: Fri Mar 17 00:59:59 CET 2017 International Filing Date: Sat Sep 10 01:59:59 CEST 2016
IPC: E06B 3/67
E06B 3/677
Applicants: THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
Inventors: WHITEHEAD, Lorne
MOSSMAN, Michele
SCOTT, Jon
MUSTERER, Amrita
BOWLEY, Wesley
EELTINK, Debbie
OGILVIE, Laura, Megan
Title: VARIABLE THERMAL INSULATION ASSEMBLY
Abstract:
A variable thermal insulation assembly includes at least one array comprising a plurality of sheets of film, wherein the plurality of sheets are in a stacked arrangement and each sheet is bonded to an adjacent sheet along a plurality of longitudinally extending regions such that each pair of adjacent sheets form a plurality of longitudinally extending cavities between adjacent regions of the adjacent sheets, a support frame comprising end elements, wherein the support frame frames the plurality of sheets, wherein support frame is coupled to the array to support the array such that the array may transition between an expanded state in which the array is expanded, and a compressed state in which the array is compressed, within the plane of the frame along the direction perpendicular to the longitudinal axis such that the longitudinally extending cavities are expanded or compressed, wherein in the expanded state, the front edge conforms to one of the second end of the support frame or a second front edge of a second array to form a seal that inhibits air flow between the front edge and the one of the second end of the support frame or the second front edge of the second array.