The main purpose of the HeLLo project is to contribute to data available on the literature on the real hygrothermal behavior of historic walls and the suitability of insulation technologies. Furthermore, it also aims at minimizing the energy simulation errors at the design phase and at improving their conservation features. In this framework, one of the preliminary activities of the study is the creation of a real in situ hot box to measure and analyze different insulation technologies applied to a real historic wall, to quantify the hygrothermal performance of a masonry building. Inside this box, 'traditional' experiments can be carried out: recording heat flux, surface temperature, and air temperatures, as well as relative humidity values through the use of a new sensing system (composed of thermocouples and temperature/relative humidity combined sensors). Within this paper, the process of development, construction, and validation of this new metering box is exhibited. The new hot box, specifically studied for historic case studies, when compared to other boxes, presents other advantages compared to previous examples, widely exemplified.
Design and construction of a new metering hot box for the in situ hygrothermal measurement in dynamic conditions of historic masonries / Andreotti, M.; Calzolari, M.; Davoli, P.; Dias Pereira, L.; Lucchi, E.; Malaguti, R.. - In: ENERGIES. - ISSN 1996-1073. - 13:11(2020), pp. 2950-2970. [10.3390/en13112950]