This paper presents a new mathematical approach, which, when applied to conduction transfer functions (CTFs) of a multi-layered wall, is able to predict the reliability of building simulations. This new procedure can be used to identify the best set of CTF coefficients, which are a critical point at the core of the ASHRAE calculation methodology founded on the transfer function method. To evaluate the performance of different CTF coefficient sets, the authors performed a large number of thermal simulations on the multi-layered walls included in the ASHRAE Handbook, volume fundamentals, and on other walls typical of Mediterranean building heritage. Those data were employed to test an algorithm able to assess the reliability of the simulations. The numerical results show that it is possible to select the optimal number of coefficients on the basis of the size of the poles of a CTF. The proposed criterion, which employs a pole threshold value, is highly accurate, fast and easy to integrate in the most diffuse building simulation tools.
|Numero di pagine||10|
|Rivista||Energy and Buildings|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2010|
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