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BSCI 9240 - Modelling of Heat and Mass Transfer in Buildings

Building Science Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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Course Details

Correct design of healthy and comfortable indoor environments, and of durable and sus¬tainable building envelopes requires reliable assessments of the heat and mass transfer in buil¬dings, building zones and/or building components: ventilation flows, thermal strati¬fication, interior moisture buffering, interstitial condensation, driving rain absorption, etc. Since not all these problems can be solved analytically, numerical mode¬ling is becoming more and more widespread. This course will lead to proficien¬cy in the mathe¬matical and numerical modeling of heat and mass transfer in buildings. As such, the course will give students the ability to reliably create and/or apply numerical models in the hygrother¬mal design of buildings, building zones and /or building components.


BSCI 9100 and BSCI 9120



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Outline the need for numerical modelling in engineering practice.
  • Justify the simplifications and limitations inherent to numerical modelling, and the consequences for the applicability and reliability of the resulting knowledge.
  • Construct mathematical models describing heat and mass transfer in buildings, building zones and/or building components.
  • Develop algorithms for the solution of spatially discretised – by control volumes or finite elements – continuum systems.
  • Develop algorithms for the solution of temporally discretised – by explicit, implicit or Crank-Nicholson schemes – continuum systems.
  • Evaluate spatial and temporal discretisation errors and their effect on the applicability and reliability of the resulting knowledge.
  • Construct iteration procedures and convergence criteria for non-linear problems.
  • Outline different algorithms for solutions of (large) systems of algebraic equations.
  • Assess the accuracy and reliability of the developed numerical model by means of verification exercises and validation experiments.
  • Evaluate the suitability of the different mathematical and numerical methods for the modelling and solution of heat and mass transfer in buildings, building zones and/or building components.
  • Develop professional autonomy and make sound judgments independently.
  • Communicate results orally and in written form effectively.
  • Collect and evaluate literature, critically analyse theories.

Effective as of Fall 2021

Related Programs

BSCI 9240 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Building Engineering/Building Science
    Full-time/Part-time   Master of Applied Science
  2. Building Science
    Full-time/Part-time   Master of Engineering


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