A comparison study of the blower door and novel pulse technique on measuring enclosure airtightness in a controlled environment

Zheng, Xiaofeng and Cooper, Edward and Mazzon, Joe and Wallis, Ian and Wood, Christopher J. (2017) A comparison study of the blower door and novel pulse technique on measuring enclosure airtightness in a controlled environment. In: 38th AIVC - 6th TightVent & 4th venticool Conference, 2017 (AIVC 2017), 13-14 Sept, Nottingham, UK.

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Abstract

This paper introduces a comparison study of measuring the airtightness of a house sized test chamber using the novel pulse technique and the standard blower door method in a controlled environment. Eight different testing plates have been applied to the improvised envelope of the chamber to establish different leakage characteristics. Each testing plate has a unique opening in the centre of the plate, achieved by obtaining a different combination of shape and thickness of the opening. By using the controlled environment, the vagaries of the natural condition when testing within buildings have been reduced providing a more robust testing environment. This investigation focuses on how the air leakage rate calculated from the measurements made by both techniques compare with each other. Comparable results (within 3 %) under most scenarios have been obtained. Additionally, other aspects such as usability of the equipment used for the pulse testing have also been appraised.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Building airtightness, Blower door, PULSE unit, Controlled environment
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Engineering > Department of Architecture and Built Environment
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Depositing User: Zheng, Xiaofeng
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2017 10:45
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2017 10:49
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/48077

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