Modeling heat and moisture transfer through fibrous insulation with phase change and mobile condensates

Jintu Fan, X. Wen

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This paper reports on a transient model of coupled heat and moisture transfer through fibrous insulation, which for the first time takes into account of evaporation and mobile condensates. The model successfully explained the experimental observations of Farnworth [Tex. Res. J. 56 (1986) 653], and the numerical results of the model were found to be in good agreement with the experimental results of a drying test. Based on this model, numerical simulation was carried out to better understand the effect of various material and environmental parameters on the heat and moisture transfer. It was found that the initial water content and thickness of the fibrous insulation together with the environmental temperature are the three most important factors influencing the heat flux. © 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4045-4055
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2002


  • Heat and moisture transfer
  • Numerical simulation
  • Water evaporation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Energy(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering

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