This standard is issued under the fixed designation C ; the number immediately 1 This test method is under the jurisdiction of ASTM Committee C- 16 on. ASTM C () Standard Test Method for Thermal Performance of Building Materials and Envelope Assemblies by Means of a Hot Box Apparatus. Annual. Our calibrated hot box is one of the largest in the country accepting test assemblies up to 9’x16′. Its design allows any orientation from fully vertical to fully .

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The equipment performing these measurements requires calibration to ensure that the data are accurate. It’s easy to model one-dimensional conductive heat flow, but modeling three-dimensional heat transfer is much more difficult and less reliable. As such, the hot box astn considered a primary method and the uncertainty of the result is analyzed by direct evaluation of the component measurement uncertainties of the instrumentation used in making the measurements.

To gain this final confidence in the test result, it is necessary to benchmark the overall result of the hot box apparatus by performing measurements on specimens having known heat transfer values and comparing those results to the expected values.

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The preconditioning parameters shall be chosen to accurately reflect the test samples intended use and shall be documented in the report. The operator shall note in the report any use of convection barriers. Further, some of the modeling parameters, such as contact resistance between the various layers, are difficult to establish accurately for modeling. Referenced Documents purchase separately The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

Additional characterization is required to insure that all aspects of the heat flow and storage are accounted for during the test. The hot box has two sides as illustrated in the diagram below: Your Alert Profile lists the documents that will be monitored.


Approximately thermocouples measure air and surface temperatures on both sides of the Hot Box. So once we know the temperature difference across the test specimen and the heat flow, we can calculate the R-value or U-value.

ASTM C1363

These panels, or representative sections of the panels, have had their thermal performance measured on other devices that are directly traceable or have been favorably compared to a national standards laboratory. As the voice of adtm U. We have no amendments or corrections for this standard. The equipment performing these asttm requires calibration to ensure that the data are accurate. Direct current DC power is used to power both the heater and the fans as DC current provides a more accurate measurement of the power input.

Code officials and designers want R-value data they can count on, but without testing, the R-value of the assembled component is unknown. The data are needed to judge compliance with specifications and regulations, for design guidance, for research evaluations of the effect of changes in materials or c3163, and for verification of, or use in, simulation models.

The report shall contain a warning stating that the use of the barriers might modify the heat transfer through the system causing significant errors. Trends Leading the way with innovative, fresh ideas for builders and manufacturers. A need exists for accurate data on heat transfer c11363 insulated structures at representative test conditions.

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If no applicable standard exists, sound engineering judgment that reflects accepted heat transfer principles must be used and documented. In addition, there would be no temperature differences that would drive heat across the boundary of the metering chamber walls. Hot Box testing is a reliable way to capture shareable, marketable data that is a superior to data gathered via modeling.


For vertical specimens with air spaces that significantly affect thermal performance, the metering chamber dimension shall match the effective construction height.

This benchmarking provides substantial confidence that any extraneous heat flows can be eliminated or quantified with sufficient accuracy to be a minor factor of the overall uncertainty. In this type of testing, bigger is definitely better. The operation astj a hot box apparatus requires a significant number of fundamental measurements of temperatures, areas and power.

Please enter a valid email address. This method is also used to measure the thermal performance of a building material at standardized test conditions such as those required in material Specifications C astmm, CC and Practice C The key to an accurate result is correctly measuring the heat input to the hot side and ensuring that all the heat goes from the hot side to the cold side and that none either leaks out of the Hot Box or bypasses the test specimen.

Detailed operating procedures, including design schematics and electrical drawings, shall be available for each apparatus to ensure that tests are in accordance with this test method. Work Item s – proposed revisions of this standard. However, several hot box apparatuses have been operated under dynamic non-steady-state conditions after additional characterization 1.

Please enter your email address. You may delete a document from your Alert Profile at any time. Complicated interactions and dependence ast many variables, coupled with only a limited experience in testing under such conditions, have made it inadvisable to include this type testing in this standard. Special characterization procedures are required for these tests.

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