Design of a Calorimetric Test Facility to Replicate Real Boundary Conditions in the Gulf Countries
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Building envelope systems
Calorimetric test infrastructure
The design and modelling of a calorimetric test infrastructure for building envelopes is performed for the side-by-side assessment of different building envelope systems. The infrastructure is designed for representing transient weather conditions in Middle east. It consists of 3 “cold” experimental chambers and a larger “hot” experimental chamber. All three cold chambers have one equally sized envelope element exposed to the larger chamber. The test facility is designed to allow testing on walls and roofs, where different envelope insulation systems will be installed over a common substrate. Heating and cooling loads of all experimental chambers are calculated, and systematic load differences assessed. Heat flow across test samples and other surfaces in the test are calculated. Insulation levels of envelope surfaces in experimental chambers are specified to provide a good match between heat transfer across test samples and heat input to experimental chambers.