In this paper, the effects of moisture on the heat transfer from two basic types of building foundations, a slab-on-grade and a basement, are examined. A two-dimensional finite element heat and moisture transfer program is used to show the effects of precipitation, soil type, foundation insulation, water table depth, and freezing on the heat transfer from the building foundation. Comparisons are made with a simple heat conduction model to illustrate the dependency of the soil thermal conductivity on moisture content.
Ground-Coupled Heat and Moisture Transfer from Buildings Part 2–Application
Contributed by the Solar Energy Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for publication in the ASME JOURNAL OF SOLAR ENERGY ENGINEERING. Manuscript received by the ASME Solar Energy Division, Nov. 2000; final revision May 2001. Associate Editor: V. C. Mei.
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Deru, M. P., and Kirkpatrick, A. T. (May 1, 2001). "Ground-Coupled Heat and Moisture Transfer from Buildings Part 2–Application ." ASME. J. Sol. Energy Eng. February 2002; 124(1): 17–21. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1435651
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