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ISRN Atmospheric Sciences
Volume 2013, Article ID 920830, 11 pages
Research Article

Simulation of Water Vapor Condensation in a Partly Closed Structure: The Influence of the External Conditions of Temperature and Humidity

1Laboratoire des Sciences de l’Ingénieur Appliquées à la Mécanique et à l’Electricité (SIAME), Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, BP 1155, 64013 Pau, France
2Laboratoire d'Electronique des Gaz et des Plasmas, Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour, 64000 Pau, France

Received 7 May 2013; Accepted 6 June 2013

Academic Editors: H. A. Flocas and A. Luhar

Copyright © 2013 Jean Batina and René Peyrous. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Our aim is to determine the more significant parameters acting on the water vapor condensation in a partly closed structure, submitted to external constraints (temperature and humidity) which induce convective movements and thermal variations inside. These constraints locally lead to condensation of the water vapor, initially contained in the air of the volume and/or on the walls. The inside bottom wall is remained dry. Condensed water quantities depend on: (1) dimensions of the structure, (2) the air renewing and its hygrometry, and (3) the phase between thermal and hydrometric conditions. Peculiar conditions are needed to obtain a maximum of condensation.