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Criterion for estimating humidity control capacity of materials in a room

Abstract

As a measure of estimating humidity control capacity of materials in an airtight room under sinusoidal temperature variation, we used the Cb value, which is the ratio of the range of variation in relative humidity in a steel box lined with the material of interest to the range in an empty steel box. In order to clarify the factors that affect the Cb value, we focused on both the temperature variation rate and the area that is lined in the box. It was found that changing the rate of temperature variation over one period strongly affected the Cb value, although the amplitude of temperature variation did not. We further noticed that the difference between the time when peak temperature was reached and the time when peak absolute humidity was reached (peak time difference), was found to be useful for estimating the humidity control capacity of materials. Knowing the difference between the phase when peak temperature was reached and the phase when peak absolute humidity was reached (phase angle difference) was also useful. Because the Cb value was affected by both the variation period and the lined area in the box, we can draw a contour diagram of the period and the lined area for materials to give an overview of the humidity control capacity of a material. The materials of primary interest in this study were Japanese cedar and porous ceramics.

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Morooka, T., Homma, Y. & Norimoto, M. Criterion for estimating humidity control capacity of materials in a room. J Wood Sci 53, 192–198 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10086-006-0848-6

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Key words

  • Humidity control capacity
  • B value
  • Cb value
  • Japanese cedar
  • Porous ceramics