Experimental Study of the Effects of Internal Non-structural Thermal Mass on the Thermal Inertia of the Whole Building

  • Weilin LiEmail author
  • Jiayin Zhu
  • Ruixin Li
  • Baisong Ning
Conference paper
Part of the Environmental Science and Engineering book series (ESE)


The thermal inertia of a building plays a pivotal role in the load curve and peak load of the air-conditioning system. Many studies have been conducted on the transient thermal behavior of building envelopes and partitions. However, it is unclear how to precisely describe the cooling storage effects of internal non-structural thermal mass such as furniture and floor laying. A series of experimental studies are conducted in this paper. Eight different experimental situations are tested, which have different distribution densities of furniture and different types of floor laying. Through these experiments, the study obtains the variations of the entire thermal inertia of the buildings under the variations of non-structural thermal mass.


Internal mass Non-structural Thermal inertia Experimental study 



This research is supported by the General Financial Grant from the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (Grant No. 2018M632807) and Foundation of He’nan Educational Committee (Grant No. 19A560022).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Weilin Li
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jiayin Zhu
    • 1
  • Ruixin Li
    • 1
  • Baisong Ning
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Civil EngineeringZhengzhou UniversityZhengzhouChina

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