Dependence of water vapor permeability on temperature and humidity

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TypeArticle
Journal titleHeating, Piping, Air Conditioning
ISSN0017-940X
Issue3
Pages149155; # of pages: 7
Subjectair moisture transfer; water vapor; permeability; building papers; temperature gradients; Heating; transfert de l'humidite de l'air; vapeur d'eau; permeabilite; papier coupe vent; gradient de temperature
AbstractThe present approach to the calculation and prediction of vapor flow through materials uses a simple flow equation with vapor pressure as the potential. The corresponding coefficient of permeability is, for many materials, a function of temperature and humidity. Ways of correlating dry-cup and wet-cup permeance data to provide the necessary permeability coefficients for the isothermal case are presented and discussed. Test data obtained for two building papers over a range of temperatures and humidities are presented. The effect of a temperature gradient, in the general case of vapor flow, is not yet established, and may introduce great complication, requiring an equation which recognizes surface-film and capillary migration under a moisture content gradient combined with vapor diffusion occurring under the vapor pressure gradient.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedNo
IdentifierDBR-RP-21
NRC number3922
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NPARC number20358671
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Record created2012-07-20
Record modified2016-05-09
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