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A Comparison of Two Test Methods for Determining Transfer Function Coefficients for a Wall Using a Calibrated Hot Box

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D. M. Burch, B. A. Licitra, R. R. Zarr

National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD 20899

J. Heat Transfer 112(1), 35-42 (Feb 01, 1990) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2910361 History: Received June 16, 1988; Revised June 19, 1988; Online May 23, 2008

Abstract

This paper experimentally verifies and compares two dynamic test methods for a calibrated hot box to characterize the transient thermal performance of complex walls. In these methods, a wall specimen is sandwiched between the two conditioning chambers of a calibrated hot box. The exterior surface of the wall specimen is subjected to a time-varying excitation function in air temperature. At the interior surface, the air temperature is maintained steady, and the heat transfer response is measured. Conduction transfer function coefficients that relate the measured heat transfer response to the excitation function are derived. The two dynamic test methods were applied to an insulated hollow concrete block wall that contained significant thermal bridges and lateral heat flows. Empirical transfer function coefficients derived by the test methods predicted with good agreement the heat transfer response of this wall specimen when its exterior surface was subjected to excitation functions that differed markedly from those used to derive the coefficients.

Copyright © 1990 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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