Cooling a sample of a material until condensation is observed is a standard technique for accurately measuring the dewpoint and associated relative humidity in a volume. When conducting an experiment with a membrane-assisted radiant cooling panel, we found that membrane surface temperatures were difficult to measure directly. Instead, the onset of condensation was used to infer the membrane's surface temperature. However, the radiant cooling panels displayed variations of membrane surface temperature at steady state, and thus a resulting condensation contour was observed, forming a curve on which the membrane surface temperature was accurately known and constant - the dewpoint. The curve was in equilibrium between the internal panel temperature driven by internal free convection in the air gap and the view factor to surrounding surfaces, which can be evaluated at each point along the curve. In this paper, we assess the convective and radiative heat transfer balances using simulations. Our methods expand the “sensing” of condensation to provide information about view factor and thermal stratification, both of which are quantities that are difficult to measure adequately in the field.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Journal of Physics: Conference Series|
|State||Published - Dec 2 2021|
|Event||8th International Building Physics Conference, IBPC 2021 - Copenhagen, Virtual, Denmark|
Duration: Aug 25 2021 → Aug 27 2021
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)