SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1985

Engineering Application of Heat Flux Sensors in Buildings—The Sensor and Its Behavior


The factors affecting the measurement accuracy of (perfectly calibrated) heat flux sensors in buildings are discussed. A preliminary attempt is made to quantify this measurement error using dimensionless parameters. This attempt indicates that the method offers some promise and that some previously little-discussed items, such as the absolute size of the sensor, may have a great effect on the accuracy. An additional heat flux sensor is described, and a simple calibration method using a heater foil is outlined.

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Trethowen, HA
Building Research Association of New Zealand, Porirua, New Zealand
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Developed by Committee: C16
Pages: 9–24
DOI: 10.1520/STP32925S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-4949-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-0438-9