Nonisothermal moisture transport in hygroscopic building materials: modeling for the determination of moisture transport coefficients

Menghao Qin, Rafik Belarbi, Abdelkarim Aït-Mokhtar, Lars-Olof Nilsson

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    Abstract

    A mathematical model for calculating the nonisothermal moisture transfer in building materials is presented in the article. The coupled heat and moisture transfer problem was modeled. Vapor content and temperature were chosen as principal driving potentials. The coupled equations were solved by an analytical method, which consists of applying the Laplace transform technique and the Transfer Function Method. A new experimental methodology for determining the temperature gradient coefficient for building materials was also proposed. Both the moisture diffusion coefficient and the temperature gradient coefficient for building material were experimentally evaluated. Using the measured moisture transport coefficients, the temperature and vapor content distribution inside building materials were predicted by the new model. The results were compared with experimental data. A good agreement was obtained.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)255-271
    Number of pages17
    JournalTransport in Porous Media
    Volume72
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008

    Keywords

    • Nonisothermal moisture transfer
    • Modeling
    • Building materials
    • Moisture transport coefficients

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Chemical Engineering(all)
    • Catalysis

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