STP1495: Effects of Drying Conditions, Phase Transformations, and Carbonation Reactions on Measurements of Sorption Isotherms of Building Materials

    Wilkes, Kenneth E.
    Distinguished R&D Staff Member, Research Technician, Staff Engineer, and Group Leader, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee

    Atchley, Jerry A.
    Distinguished R&D Staff Member, Research Technician, Staff Engineer, and Group Leader, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee

    Childs, Phillip W.
    Distinguished R&D Staff Member, Research Technician, Staff Engineer, and Group Leader, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee

    Desjarlais, Andre
    Distinguished R&D Staff Member, Research Technician, Staff Engineer, and Group Leader, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee

    Pages: 10    Published: Jan 2007


    Abstract

    The sorption isotherm is one of the basic material properties used in hygrothermal modeling of building envelope performance. Measurement of this properly is deceptively simple. Specimens are first dried and then exposed to a series of higher relative humidities to develop a curve of moisture content versus relative humidity at constant temperature. This paper discusses some confounding effects that we have observed while performing measurements on a number of common building materials. Materials studied included gypsum products, wood and wood products, and cementitious materials.

    Keywords:

    sorption isotherm, gypsum, wood, wood products, cement, hygrothermal properties


    Paper ID: STP45404S

    Committee/Subcommittee: C16.16

    DOI: 10.1520/STP45404S


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