Conservative modelling of the moisture and heat transfer in building components under atmospheric excitation

H. Janssen, B.J.E. Blocken, J.E. Carmeliet

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Abstract

While the transfer equations for moisture and heat in building components are currently undergoing standardisation, atmospheric boundary conditions, conservative modelling and numerical efficiency are not addressed. In a first part, this paper adds a comprehensive description of those boundary conditions, emphasising wind-driven rain and vapour exchange, the main moisture supply and removal mechanism, respectively. In the second part the numerical implementation is tackled, with specific attention to the monotony of the spatial discretisation, and to the mass and energy conservation of the temporal discretisation. Both issues are illustrated with exemplary hygrothermal simulations. Numerical efficiency is treated in two follow-up papers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1128-1140
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Volume50
Issue number5-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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