STP1116

    Moisture Diffusion in Thermal Insulating Materials

    Published: Jan 1991


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    Abstract

    The moisture behaviour of building materials, especially the kinetics of wetting and drying, is very important because it can influence the hygrothermal performance of the building envelope and the internal comfort.

    The mathematical model of heat and mass transfer, in porous media, proposed by LUIKOV — PHILIP and DE VRIES shows that moisture migration, in isothermal conditions, is a function of the humidity gradient and the moisture diffusivity coefficient. This paper reports values of moisture diffusivity coefficients for some thermal insulating materials and how these are calculated. The results of numerical simulation of drying of these materials and a comparison with the data obtained from measurements using gamma-ray spectroscopy in the determination of the moisture distribution are also presented.

    Keywords:

    moisture, moisture migration, moisture diffusivity coefficients, insulating materials, drying, wetting, gamma-ray spectroscopy


    Author Information:

    Freitas, V
    Lecturer and DirectorProfessor and Research Scientist, Gabinete de Construções Civis, Faculdade de Engenharia, Universidade do PortoInstitut de Mécanique des Fluides, Rua dos BragasAv. Prof. Camille Soula, Porto CodexToulouse

    Crausse, P
    Lecturer and DirectorProfessor and Research Scientist, Gabinete de Construções Civis, Faculdade de Engenharia, Universidade do PortoInstitut de Mécanique des Fluides, Rua dos BragasAv. Prof. Camille Soula, Porto CodexToulouse

    Abrantes, V
    Lecturer and DirectorProfessor and Research Scientist, Gabinete de Construções Civis, Faculdade de Engenharia, Universidade do PortoInstitut de Mécanique des Fluides, Rua dos BragasAv. Prof. Camille Soula, Porto CodexToulouse


    Paper ID: STP16358S

    Committee/Subcommittee: C16.33

    DOI: 10.1520/STP16358S


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