Experimental Studies on Hygrothermal Behaviour of ETICS

  • Eva BarreiraEmail author
  • Vasco Peixoto de Freitas
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A preliminary test was carried out to assess where, in a façade, was surface condensation more severe: near the corners or in the middle of the wall. The test was performed on a building located in the University of Porto campus. Devices were set up on the North façade covered with ETICS of a technical building located close to the Building Physics Laboratory weather station, which collected the necessary climate data for this study.


Surface Temperature Convective Heat Transfer Direct Solar Radiation Surface Saturation Average Surface Temperature 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal
  2. 2.Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal

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