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Laboratory tests and modelling of mineral wool insulated steel sandwich panels

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Original languageEnglish
Article number17006
Number of pages8
JournalE3S Web of Conferences
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2020
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed
EventNordic Symposium on Building Physics -
Duration: 6 Sep 20209 Sep 2020


This study presents results from laboratory measurements of mineral wool insulated steel sandwich panels. The purpose of the work was to have a better understanding on the heat and moisture conditions inside sandwich panels and to study how the structure behaves in water leakage situation. The tests were done by sealing the structure from all sides and regulating the temperature on one side of the test structure while measuring the temperature and relative humidity conditions inside the structure. Water leakages were created by injecting liquid water onto the insulation layer. According to the results, water vapour pressure differences stayed relatively small both in stationary and dynamic conditions. This implies that the limiting factor for moisture source was the evaporation rate from the water leakage and that the vapour pressure throughout the insulation layer is determined strongly by the vapour pressure at the possible condensation layer. The paper discusses also the determination of sensor accuracy and impacts of a thermal bridge from the probe itself. Also, measurement results from a new radio wave monitoring method are presented.

ASJC Scopus subject areas


  • Building physics, moisture behavior, Sandwich panels, laboratory testing

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