The standard (ASTM) steady-state method for determining the thermal
conductivity of insulating materials (like wood based composite materials)
is time-consuming, and its use is therefore limited to dry material;
moisture migration occurs in hydrated materials and this limits accuracy.
The proposed unsteady-state method is fast and therefore enables thermal
Engineers, in practice, are often faced with the challenge of evaluating a fire-damaged structure and developing a rehabilitation and retrofit plan. In order to decide on a rehabilitation and retrofit plan, information on thermal degradation of building materials and connections are vital. A critical knowledge gap exists in terms of...