Title: Validating various measures to accelerate the static gravimetric sorption isotherm determination
Authors: Feng, Chi ×
Janssen, Hans
Wu, Chenchen
Feng, Ya
Meng, Qinglin #
Issue Date: Nov-2013
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Series Title: Building and Environment vol:69 pages:64-71
Abstract: The sorption isotherm is one of the most important hygrothermal properties of porous building materials,
and is usually determined by the static gravimetric test. Typically the static gravimetric test takes
weeks or months to complete, thus various measures are adopted to improve the test efficiency. Unfortunately,
not all these measures have been validated specifically. This paper aims at validating several
widely accepted measures to speed up the static gravimetric test on autoclaved aerated concrete at 25 C.
Experimental results show that oven drying at 70 C gives nearly identical dry mass as desiccant drying
at room temperature does, but is much faster than the desiccant method and avoids potential risks at
105 C. Moreover, large and small samples provide almost the same equilibrium moisture content, while
small samples shorten test time obviously. In addition, as long as one-way adsorption process is kept
without reverse, the effect of intermediate relative humidity levels on the equilibrium moisture content
is negligible, supporting the method of exposing different samples to different RH levels simultaneously.
Last but not least, a new mathematical model is introduced to fit the sorption curves. It works better than
the Oswin, Henderson, Caurie, GAB, Hansen and Peleg models do.
ISSN: 0360-1323
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Building Physics Section
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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