Validation of data analysis routines for a thermal probe apparatus using numerical data sets

De, W., Griffiths, R. and Goodhew, S. ORCID: 0000-0003-1227-217X, 2008. Validation of data analysis routines for a thermal probe apparatus using numerical data sets. Building Simulation, 1 (1), pp. 36-46.

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Most thermal properties of construction materials used in the analysis of building performance have been measured under laboratory conditions, using a guarded hot box or hot plate apparatus. As a consequence, these properties seldom reflect the impact of actual conditions (especially moisture content) on the values of conductivity and diffusivity. Hence there is a need to develop techniques that allow to take into account local conditions, and measure building material properties in situ. One option available is the use of a thermal probe. The thermal probe technique is based on creating a line source in a material sample, and measuring the temperature rise in the sample in reaction to heat being applied. Obviously the data analysis routines used to calculate thermal conductivity and thermal diffusivity based on the temperature rise observed are crucial to the success of the technique. Transient thermal simulation of a of a model representing a line source in an infinite material sample has been used to generate a set of numerical data sets to validate analysis routines in conjunction with an experimental thermal probe apparatus. Findings show that by careful application of these routines, a close agreement with simulation input values can be achieved, with errors of less than one percent. This validates the analysis routines and provides a deeper appreciation of the theoretical behaviour of a thermal probe.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Building Simulation
Creators: De, W., Griffiths, R. and Goodhew, S.
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Date: 2008
Volume: 1
Number: 1
Rights: The original publication is available at
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
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Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 11:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:46

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