Thermal probe technology for buildings: the transition from laboratory to field measurements

Pilkington, B., Griffiths, R., Goodhew, S. ORCID: 0000-0003-1227-217X and De, W., 2008. Thermal probe technology for buildings: the transition from laboratory to field measurements. Journal of Architectural Engineering, 14 (4), pp. 111-118.

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This article reports the results of an investigation into the transfer of thermal probe measurement technology from laboratory use to actual buildings in order to undertake the in situ determination of thermal material properties. The imperative for using in situ measurements is 1) the impact of moisture content on thermal properties, 2) the possible wide range of variation of properties across most materials used in construction, and 3) the lack of data for new and innovative materials. Thermal probe technology offers the prospect of taking building specific data, addressing these issues. Based on commercially available thermal probes a portable measurement kit and accompanying measurement procedure have been developed. Three case study buildings, each having different materials, have been studied to ascertain whether or not the technique can be transferred to relatively uncontrolled environments while remaining capable of achieving a precision that is similar to an ASTM standard that can be related to thermal conductivity measurements of building materials. The results show that this is indeed the case, and that the use of thermal probe technology may yield thermal properties that vary significantly from the laboratory values currently used in building thermal engineering calculations.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Architectural Engineering
Creators: Pilkington, B., Griffiths, R., Goodhew, S. and De, W.
Publisher: American Society of Civil Engineers
Date: 2008
Volume: 14
Number: 4
Rights: © ASCE 2008
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:17
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:24

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