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Design and Construction of a New Metering Hot Box for the In Situ Hygrothermal Measurement in Dynamic Conditions of Historic Masonries

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Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Ferrara, 44122 Ferrara, Italy
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Department of Engineering and Architecture of the University of Parma, 43124 Parma, Italy
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Architettura>Energia Research Centre, Department of Architecture-University of Ferrara, 44121 Ferrara, Italy
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Eurac Research, 39100 Bolzano, Italy
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Energies 2020, 13(11), 2950; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13112950
Received: 29 May 2020 / Revised: 5 June 2020 / Accepted: 6 June 2020 / Published: 9 June 2020
The main purpose of the HeLLo project is to contribute to data available on the literature on the real hygrothermal behavior of historic walls and the suitability of insulation technologies. Furthermore, it also aims at minimizing the energy simulation errors at the design phase and at improving their conservation features. In this framework, one of the preliminary activities of the study is the creation of a real in situ hot box to measure and analyze different insulation technologies applied to a real historic wall, to quantify the hygrothermal performance of a masonry building. Inside this box, ‘traditional’ experiments can be carried out: recording heat flux, surface temperature, and air temperatures, as well as relative humidity values through the use of a new sensing system (composed of thermocouples and temperature/relative humidity combined sensors). Within this paper, the process of development, construction, and validation of this new metering box is exhibited. The new hot box, specifically studied for historic case studies, when compared to other boxes, presents other advantages compared to previous examples, widely exemplified. View Full-Text
Keywords: metering hot box; in situ; hygrothermal measurement; dynamic conditions; historic masonries; HeLLo metering hot box; in situ; hygrothermal measurement; dynamic conditions; historic masonries; HeLLo
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Andreotti, M.; Calzolari, M.; Davoli, P.; Dias Pereira, L.; Lucchi, E.; Malaguti, R. Design and Construction of a New Metering Hot Box for the In Situ Hygrothermal Measurement in Dynamic Conditions of Historic Masonries. Energies 2020, 13, 2950. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13112950

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Andreotti M, Calzolari M, Davoli P, Dias Pereira L, Lucchi E, Malaguti R. Design and Construction of a New Metering Hot Box for the In Situ Hygrothermal Measurement in Dynamic Conditions of Historic Masonries. Energies. 2020; 13(11):2950. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13112950

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Andreotti, Mirco; Calzolari, Marta; Davoli, Pietromaria; Dias Pereira, Luisa; Lucchi, Elena; Malaguti, Roberto. 2020. "Design and Construction of a New Metering Hot Box for the In Situ Hygrothermal Measurement in Dynamic Conditions of Historic Masonries" Energies 13, no. 11: 2950. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13112950

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