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Simulation of condensation problems in a roller-skating centre

Fuller, R. J. and Luther, M. B 2003, Simulation of condensation problems in a roller-skating centre, Building research and information, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 48-59.

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Title Simulation of condensation problems in a roller-skating centre
Author(s) Fuller, R. J.
Luther, M. B
Journal name Building research and information
Volume number 31
Issue number 1
Start page 48
End page 59
Publisher E. & FN Spon
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2003-01
ISSN 0961-3218
1466-4321
Keyword(s) condensation
simulation
skating Centre
trnsys
warehouse
Australia
Summary A commercial roller-skating centre in southern Australia had condensation problems on both the roof and floor. The building is a typical warehouse-type structure with a high level of natural ventilation due to poor construction and permanently open vents. A computer model of the building, using the thermal simulation software TRNSYS, was calibrated from a sensitivity analysis of three key parameters, namely air exchange rate, roof surface heat transfer coefficient and deep ground temperature. The predicted times of condensation on the roof were compared with site observations. The time of year was predicted with acceptable accuracy, although earlier in the morning than had been observed. The effect of installing foil insulation in the roof was simulated. Under normal winter conditions, this modification was enough to stop the condensation. However, in unusually cold and humid conditions, condensation still occurred on both surfaces. This was overcome by heating the floor (15 W/m 2 ) for approximately eight hours. Subsequent modifications have demonstrated the value of the simulations.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001930

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