What is the smallest distance between a Infrared reflective surface & source?

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Offline sanjayuk

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Hi, I hope you can help. I have a technical question. I have searched with google to find an answer, but with no luck.

My question is: If we have any building material, say plasterboard, and it is emmitting some of it's heat by Infra-Red, and you want to recapture that lost heat by placing a reflective surface on one side of the plasterboard, (so the emmitted heat reflects back into the plasterboard, how close can you put a reflective surface to the plasterboard? Can the reflective surface actually be in contact with the plasterboard, or will that render the reflective properties useless?

Any help would be greatly appriciated.

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Offline Ron Hughes

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I wouldn't think it could be any closer than the longest wavelength of infrared. Is there a material that reflects infrared? A mirror may reflect a portion of it but not a lot.
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Offline Bored chemist

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It might not matter.
If you coat the plasterboard with foil (which is a very good reflector) then it will be a very poor emitter.
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