Heat and mass transport processes in building materials
M.R. Hall, University of Nottingham, UK
D. Allinson, Loughborough University, UK
This chapter introduces heat and mass transport in terms of the fundamentals and their application in the field of materials and building physics. It is the scientific topic that underpins all aspects of energy efficiency and thermal comfort in terms of the materials that make up our buildings and occupied spaces. An overview of thermodynamics and the conservation laws are provided to serve as a refresher for some readers and as a basic introduction for others. The chapter then deals with heat transfer by providing explanations of the fundamental science and then applying this to topics ...