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Modelling of Thermal and Moisture Effects in Buildings

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Zbyněk Svoboda
Zbyněk Svoboda
Department of Architectural Engineering

The course is focused on numerical modelling of heat and water vapor transfer in building constructions and buildings. The solution of various types of diffusion and convective-diffusion equations (e.g. heat transfer by convection and conduction and the combination of such transport mechanisms) is being discussed with emphasis on the possibilities of the finite element method. Main part of the course deals with practical applications of CFD (computational fluid dynamics) modelling for the solution of selected building physics problems (e.g. air, heat and moisture transport in spaces with different usage and heat sources, the influence of leakages in constructions on the moisture transfer and the risk of vapor condensation, hygro-thermal behaviour of constructions with ventilated air layers etc.). Students will have opportunity to work with several software simulation tools during the course so they will be able to study discussed transport phenomenons practically on specific examples.


Submission of tasks from seminar within the prescribed time and scope.

Syllabus of lectures:

1. Complex moisture transport including influence of built-in moisture content, solar irradiation, rain

2. Practical calculation in WUFI 1D software

3. Practical calculation in WUFI 2D software

4. CFD analysis - basic principles

5. CFD analysis - modelling in Comsol Multiphysics

6. CFD analysis - boundary conditions and calculation mesh

7.-8. CFD analysis - model cases

9.-13. CFD analysis - individual work

Syllabus of tutorials:
Study Objective:

Introduction to sophisticated software tools for bulding physics.

Study materials:

HAGENTOFT, C-E.: Introduction to building physics, Studentlitteratur, Lund 2001, ISBN 9789144018966.

Handbooks for SW tools

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