, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 49-60
Date: 04 Dec 2011

Multiphysics modeling of building physical constructions

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Abstract

The paper presents an overview of Multiphysics applications using a Multiphysics modeling package for building physical constructions simulation. The overview includes three main basic transport phenomena for building physical constructions: (1) heat transfer, (2) heat and moisture transfer and (3) heat, air and moisture (HAM) transfer. It is concluded that full 3D transient coupled HAM models for building physical constructions can be build using a Multiphysics modeling package. Regarding the heat transport, neither difficulties nor limitations are expected. Concerning the combined heat and moisture transport the main difficulties are related with the material properties but this seems to be no limitation. Regarding the HAM modeling inside solid constructions, there is at least one limitation: the validation is almost impossible due to limitation of measuring ultra low air velocities of order μm/s.