MATEC Web Conf.
Volume 282, 20194th Central European Symposium on Building Physics (CESBP 2019)
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Published online||06 September 2019|
A new method for detecting free liquid moisture on façade surfaces
Dr. Robert-Murjahn-Institut (RMI), Industrie St. 12, D-64372 Ober-Ramstadt, Germany
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Liquid water present on the surface of façades is significantly responsible for microorganism growth. This issue became especially important with the increasing use of thermal insulation. The formation of condensation on these façades is often increased due to low surface temperatures . Therefore, the development of a method for controlling the wetness and drying of façades is necessary, since no suitable method is yet available for this purpose. In this paper, the development of an active façade moisture detection system is presented. This system consists of a surface humidity sensor network based on reflection from infrared (IR) radiation, data acquisition and intelligent processing technology. The system is tested and calibrated in the lab for different textured surfaces. Different newly developed coating systems are tested in-situ using this method. These coatings are evaluated with respect to their surface condensation in order to identify the resistance against condensation. The method provides long-term non-destructive measurements of surface wetness. Targeted measures to prevent or reduce the growth of algae can be initiated with the obtained data. In addition, the measured data make a valuable contribution to the development of facade materials and coatings, which have improved drying properties and balance between hydrophilic and hydrophobic surface. As a result, the use of biocides to protect the facade from algae growth can be reduced.
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