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Dynamic coupling between vapour and heat transfer in wall assemblies: Analysis of measurements achieved under real climate

Abstract : An experimental wooden-frame house was designed, instrumented and tested to provide measurements suitable for the study of coupled vapour and heat transfer under real climate conditions. In this paper, six different wall assemblies were tested under complex temperature and humidity boundary conditions over more than 3 years. The main objective is to take advantage of the strong outdoor and indoor stresses to emphasise the dynamic coupling between vapour and heat transfer for different wall assemblies. Measurements showed that the heat flux crossing the vertical walls was significantly influenced when a vapour flow crossed insulating materials with high hygroscopic inertia. To further explain this result, a classical numerical model was selected. It was designed to compute coupled transfer at the building scale. A good agreement was obtained for temperature measurements, while higher differences were observed with humidity measurement. An uncertainty analysis was achieved on both experimental and numerical results. It appeared that the uncertainty of the simulation results was one order of magnitude lower than the experimental uncertainty. Finally, the numerical model was used to break down the coupling of vapour and heat transfers. The latent heat effect occurred as the most sizeable effect, which was consistent with the experimental observations.
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Matthieu Labat, Monika Woloszyn, Géraldine Garnier, Jean-Jacques Roux. Dynamic coupling between vapour and heat transfer in wall assemblies: Analysis of measurements achieved under real climate. Building and Environment, Elsevier, 2015, 87 (87), pp.129-141. ⟨10.1016/j.buildenv.2015.01.022⟩. ⟨hal-01252719⟩

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