Non-contact methods of measuring moisture concentration in external layers of building partitions III: Water vapour condensation on the cementitious surfaces

Agnieszka J. Klemm, Piotr Klemm, Kazimierz Rozniakowski, Tomasz W. Wojtatowicz

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Abstract

This paper presents the results of the larger study into a potential application of laser radiation for the detection of phase transition processes in low temperatures occurring on the surface layers of cementitious materials. An attempt was made to identify relationships between the environmental conditions—temperature and air humidity, and the selected parameters of the reflected light. Onset of the condensation process and formation of water microdrops on the surface of the material leads to the phase displacement of individual laser rays, which are represented by different speckle images. Although the analysis of parameters of the reflected light are very difficult in the case of porous materials because of highly developed roughness of the surface structure it has been proved that a dynamic study of the phase transition phenomena can be successfully carried out without mechanical intervention.

Keywords

  • laser technology
  • moisture condensation
  • porous materials
  • geometrical microstructure

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