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Implicit schemes require important sub-iterations when dealing with highly nonlinear problems such as the combined heat and moisture transfer through porous building elements. The computational cost rises significantly when the whole-building is simulated, especially when there is important coupling among the building elements themselves with neighbouring zones and with HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning) systems. On the other hand, the classical Euler explicit scheme is generally not used because its stability condition imposes very fine time discretisation. Hence, this paper explores the use of an improved explicit approach - the Dufort-Frankel scheme - to overcome the disadvantage of the classical explicit one and to bring benefits that cannot be obtained by implicit methods. The Dufort-Frankel approach is first compared to the classical Euler implicit and explicit schemes to compute the solution of nonlinear heat and moisture transfer through porous materials. Then, the analysis of the Dufort-Frankel unconditionally stable explicit scheme is extended to the coupled heat and moisture balances on the scale of a one- and a two-zone building models. The Dufort-Frankel scheme has the benefits of being unconditionally stable, second-order accurate in time O(dt^2) and to compute explicitly the solution at each time step, avoiding costly sub-iterations. This approach may reduce the computational cost by twenty, as well as it may enable perfect synchronism for whole-building simulation and co-simulation.

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... Thus, no costly sub-iterations are required to treat the nonlinearities, as in implicit approaches. Furthermore, as demonstrated in [16,17], it has an extended stability region, so the so-called Courant-Friedrichs-Lewy (CFL) condition [18] is not an impediment. Interested readers may consult [16,17] for further details and its applications for heat and moisture transfer in building porous materials. ...
... Furthermore, as demonstrated in [16,17], it has an extended stability region, so the so-called Courant-Friedrichs-Lewy (CFL) condition [18] is not an impediment. Interested readers may consult [16,17] for further details and its applications for heat and moisture transfer in building porous materials. Since many details are provided in [17] for a similar system of coupled partial differential equations, the demonstration of the fully discrete equations is not detailed. ...
... Interested readers may consult [16,17] for further details and its applications for heat and moisture transfer in building porous materials. Since many details are provided in [17] for a similar system of coupled partial differential equations, the demonstration of the fully discrete equations is not detailed. ...
... Another improved explicit approach, namely DU FORT-FRANKEL method is used for a critical assessment of the STS method. The method was deeper explored in the works of GASPARIN et al. [26,27]. ...
... The method was first presented in the listed works [43][44][45] almost 50 years ago. In this article, the detailed discretization of the scheme is omitted, and interested readers can refer to the recent papers [26,27]. There the method has been extended for coupled equations of heat and mass transfer, and its performance has been discussed in more details. ...
... This condition imposes certain restrictions for the application of the EULER explicit scheme into building simulation tools [27]. Secondly, compared to EULER implicit scheme, the STS methods are much easier to implement, since it has an explicit formulation. ...
... In addition, it has the advantage to explicitly computing the solution at each time step, avoiding costly sub-iterations. All these characteristics make the method to be an interesting option in co-simulation and in parallel simulations (Gasparin et al., 2018c). ...
... This approach may reduce the computational cost by a factor of twenty, as well as it enables perfect synchronism for whole-building simulation and co-simulation. These results are shown in An improved explicit scheme for whole-building hygrothermal simulation (Gasparin et al., 2018c). For the first case study, of heat and moisture transfer through a wall, the Euler implicit scheme required around 3 sub-iterations, making it three times more costly than the DuFort-Frankel scheme. ...
... For coupling the model of heat and moisture transfer with others through co-simulation approaches (Wetter, 2011), the DuFort-Frankel is a very promising approach. It is explicit and avoids extra sub-iterations due to model coupling (Gasparin et al., 2018c). For strong reduction of the computational cost with a very satisfactory accuracy of the solution, the Spectral has been shown as the best option (Gasparin et al., 2018e). ...
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Building energy consumption is directly impacted by weather parameters such as temperature, solar radiation, atmospheric pressure, relative humidity and wind velocity. The knowledge of the building hygrothermal performance enables the design of energy efficient buildings and the prediction of overall durability and sustainability of envelopes. Therefore, designers and builders are interested in modeling the long-term performance of the envelopes by means of accurate, reliable and fast simulation tools.Several numerical models have been proposed in the literature to study the heat and moisture transfer in building materials. In general, this problem is solved by traditional methods, such as finite-difference and finite-volume methods, using mainly implicit schemes. Nevertheless, these methods impose costly sub-iterations to treat the nonlinearities and very fine discretization, which increase substantially the simulation computational cost. Therefore, this research has been focused on the development and analyses of numerical methods for efficiently simulate the problem of heat and mass transfer through porous materials.In the first part of this thesis, improved schemes of the traditional numerical methods have been developed to eliminate costly sub-iterations to treat nonlinearities, to improve the order of accuracy and to save computer run time. Despite the great progress with the new numerical schemes, the conclusion of the first part shows that we still have to deal with large systems of equations, particularly when treating multi-dimensional transfer problems. For this reason, to reduce even more the computational burden and the size of the system, a reduced-order model, based on spectral methods is proposed in the sequence to provide an accurate description of the physical phenomena. The degrees of freedom of the solution is strongly decreased while maintaining the model fidelity. It ensures a computational cost much lower than the complete original model.All these methods are applied to problems related to building physics, such as single and multilayer nonlinear transfer, the determination of optimum insulation thickness, the process of moisture buffer effects and transfer in one- or two-zone building models. In conclusion, we show how to build efficient numerical models, in terms of computational cost and accuracy, to investigate the heat and mass transfer in porous materials.
... It is an explicit numerical scheme with an increased stability domain. Interested readers are invited to consult [18] for the original work, [19,20] for the results on the stability analysis and [20,21] for further details and its applications for heat and moisture transfer in building porous materials. Since a complete description is provided in [21], only the main steps are recalled here. ...
... Interested readers are invited to consult [18] for the original work, [19,20] for the results on the stability analysis and [20,21] for further details and its applications for heat and moisture transfer in building porous materials. Since a complete description is provided in [21], only the main steps are recalled here. The idea of the approach is to replace the term u n j ←− ...
... If T ≡ T ′ then dT dt ≡ dT ′ dt . Thus, from equations (20) and (21), one obtain: ...
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... , N t }. The solution u ( x ⋆ , t ⋆ ) is obtained using the Dufort-Frankel numerical scheme [28][29][30]. It is an explicit numerical scheme with a relaxed stability condition. ...
... A simple uniform initial condition is set as u 0 = 0 to illustrate the approach. The Fourier number, the thermal conductivity, and the heat capacity are given as: 30 ] . The problem is solved by implementing the Dufort-Frankel numerical scheme. ...
... An efficient sensitivity analysis for energy performance of a building envelope: a continuous derivative based approach C Continuous function derivatives he second order partial differentiation of Eq. (30) gives us the second-order sensitivity coefficients: ...
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... Most simplified models of the moisture in rooms intended for people's stay [35][36][37][38] are based on the moisture balance, which includes ventilation parameters, internal sources of moisture, and the moisture buffering by the interior materials. The aim of the article is to develop a humidity model in the passenger car cabin as a function of time, the number of people, and the cubic capacity of the car cabin based on empirical research. ...
... where V (m 3 ) is the volume of the car, t (h) is the time, ω (g/m 3 ) is the absolute humidity, Q n (g/h) is the humidity supplied from the outside or discharged from the car by supply ventilation, and Q g (g/h) is the humidity generated by the driver and passengers. It should be noted that the moisture buffering by materials, which in many models has been included [35][36][37][38], is omitted here. The humidity that is supplied from the outside or removed from the car by the supply ventilation is described by the following formula: ...
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... It provides an explicit numerical scheme with an increased stability domain. Interested readers may consult [27] for the original work [28,29], for the results on the stability analysis and [29,30] for further details and its applications for heat and moisture transfer in building porous materials. Since a complete description is provided in Refs. ...
... Since a complete description is provided in Refs. [30,31] for an analogous system of coupled diffusion equations, the whole demonstration of the scheme is not detailed here. ...
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... Thus, efficient numerical models are worth of investigation. In this paper, an innovative numerical model based on the Du Fort-Frankel scheme is studied, which has already demonstrated a promising efficiency in [15][16][17] for the simulation of one-dimensional heat and mass transfer through porous materials in building envelopes. Here, the model is extended to simulate two-dimensional heat transfer in a building facade over one year. ...
... Interested readers may consult [15,16,25] for example of its applications for one-dimensional heat and moisture transfer in building porous materials. ...
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... The optimization processes have been carried out for the simulation time = 120 h. For the sake of clarity, the parameters of both models are optimized for the time-averaging periods τ = [6,12,24,48] h only. The evolutions of the temperature for the representative simulation time with both CM and ARM with different EMs are shown in Figure 3. ...
... The total simulation time for the first part of the study is taken as = 100 days. The results are compared for four τ = [6,12,24,48] h averaging periods and different t Δ timestep sizes. Figure 6 illustrates the evolution of the global relative error and computational time. ...
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... Thus, efficient numerical models are worth of investigation. In this article, an innovative numerical model based on the DU FORT-FRANKEL scheme is studied, which has already demonstrated a promising efficiency in [15][16][17] for the simulation of one-dimensional heat and mass transfer through porous materials in building envelopes. Here, the model is extended to simulate two-dimensional heat transfer in a building facade over one year. ...
... Furthermore, as demonstrated in next section, it has an extended stability region, so the so-called Courant-Friedrichs-Lewy (CFL) restriction [24] is relaxed. Interested readers may consult [15][16][17] for example of its applications for one-dimensional heat and moisture transfer in building porous materials. ...
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A two-dimensional model is proposed for energy efficiency assessment through the simulation of heat transfer in building envelopes, considering the influence of the surrounding environment. The model is based on the Du Fort–Frankel approach that provides an explicit scheme with a relaxed stability condition. The model is first validated using an analytical solution and then compared to three other standard schemes. Results show that the proposed model offers a good compromise in terms of high accuracy and reduced computational efforts. Then, a more complex case study is investigated, considering non-uniform shading effects due to the neighboring buildings. In addition, the surface heat transfer coefficient varies with wind velocity and height, which imposes an addition non-uniform boundary condition. After showing the reliability of the model prediction, a comparison over almost 120 cities in France is carried out between the two- and the one-dimensional approaches of the current building simulation programs. Important discrepancies are observed for regions with high magnitudes of solar radiation and wind velocity. Last, a sensitivity analysis is carried out using a derivative-based approach. It enables to assess the variability of the solution according to the modeling of the two-dimensional boundary conditions. Moreover, the proposed model computes efficiently the solution and its sensitivity to the modeling of the urban environment.
... It is an explicit numerical scheme with an increased stability domain. Interested readers are invited to consult [18] for the original work, [19,20] for the results on the stability analysis and [20,21] for further details and its applications for heat and moisture transfer in building porous materials. Since a complete description is provided in [21], only the main steps are recalled here. ...
... Interested readers are invited to consult [18] for the original work, [19,20] for the results on the stability analysis and [20,21] for further details and its applications for heat and moisture transfer in building porous materials. Since a complete description is provided in [21], only the main steps are recalled here. The idea of the approach is to replace the term ←− 1 2 (︀ +1 + −1 )︀ in the forward in time central scheme to obtain the following fully discrete dynamical system: ...
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... According to the standard von Neumann stability analysis, the Du Fort-Frankel scheme is unconditionally stable [16,41]. Further details and examples of applications of this approach are presented in [15,16]. ...
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... According to the standard von Neumann stability analysis, the Du Fort-Frankel scheme is unconditionally stable [27,28]. Further details and examples of applications of this scheme may be consulted in [27,29]. ...
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... The solution u ( x , t ) is obtained using the Dufort-Frankel numerical scheme. This numerical model is chosen due to its explicit formulation without loss of accuracy or reliability [13][14][15]. For the non-linear case, the solution is calculated with the following expression: ...
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... According to the standard von Neumann stability analysis, the Du Fort-Frankel scheme is unconditionally stable [16,41]. Further details and examples of applications of this approach are presented in [15,16]. ...
... Our idea is to use Dufort-Frankel numerical scheme to numerically solve these equations. This innovative numerical model has benefits of being unconditionally stable, second-order accurate in time and having an explicit formulation (Gasparin et al., 2018a). This approach allows us retrieving values of sensitivity coefficients with higher accuracy at a low computational cost. ...
... Therefore, no sub-iterations are required to treat the non-linearities of the problem as it is the case when using Crank-Nicolson approach for instance. This feature may reduce significantly the CPU time of the algorithm [3,11,12]. When using a fully implicit approach, as for instance in [35], a special iterative approach (e.g. the Picard one) is required to treat the non-linearities at each time iteration. ...
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