Accession Number DE2012-1052264
Title Hygrothermal Simulation of Foundations: Part 1 - Soil Material Properties.
Publication Date Oct 2012
Media Count 49p
Personal Author B. S. Palin M. Kehrer
Abstract The hygrothermal performance of soils coupled to buildings is a complicated process. A computational approach for heat transfer through the ground has been well defined (EN ISO 13370:2007, 2007), and simplified methods have been developed (Staszczuk, Radon, and Holm 2010). However, these approaches generally ignore the transfer of soil moisture, which is not negligible (Janssen, Carmeliet, and Hens 2004). This study is divided into several parts. The intention of the first part is to gather, comprehend and adapt soil properties from Soil Science. The obtained information must be applicable to related tasks in Building Science and validated with hygrothermal calculation tools. Future parts of this study will focus on the validation aspect of the soil properties to be implemented. Basic changes in the software code may be requested at this time. Different types of basement construction will be created with a hygrothermal calculation tool, WUFI. Simulations from WUFI will be compared with existing or ongoing measurements. The intentions of the first part of this study have been fulfilled. The soil properties of interest in Building Science have been defined for 12 different soil textures. These properties will serve as input parameters when performing hygrothermal calculations of building constructions coupled to soil materials. The reliability of the soil parameters will be further evaluated with measurements in Part 2.
Keywords Building science
Construction
Hygrothermal simulation
Soil moisture
Soil properties
Soil textures


 
Source Agency Technical Information Center Oak Ridge Tennessee
NTIS Subject Category 71F - Composite Materials
89G - Construction Materials, Components, & Equipment
48E - Soil Sciences
Corporate Author Oak Ridge National Lab., TN.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1307
Contract Number DE-AC05-00OR22725

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