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dc.contributor.supervisor Dick, Kris (Biosystems Engineering) en
dc.contributor.author Chase, Matthew
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-20T14:32:08Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-20T14:32:08Z
dc.date.issued 2009-08-20T14:32:08Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/3169
dc.description.abstract The performance of plastered straw bale walls with respect to wind-driven rainfall was investigated in this thesis. The absorption coefficient, which describes the rate of water infiltration, was measured for 14 plaster types, twelve different earth plasters and cement and lime plasters. The absorption coefficient was measured during uptake of water from a free reservoir. The effective porosity of these plasters, which describes the moisture storage capacity and the degree of protection that a plaster offers to straw bales, was also determined by submersion in water. An analytical model employing the absorption coefficient, the effective porosity, and climatic data was used to predict and compare plaster performance and to demonstrate the usefulness of this type of data. Simulated wind-driven rainfall experiments were also conducted on two plaster types. The results indicate that the static test used to measure the absorption coefficient can reasonably be used to predict actual wind-driven rainfall infiltration. en
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dc.language.iso en_US
dc.subject straw bale wall en
dc.subject plaster en
dc.subject wind-driven rainfall en
dc.subject infiltration en
dc.subject absorption coefficient en
dc.title Infiltration of wind-driven rainfall into plastered straw bale walls en
dc.degree.discipline Biosystems Engineering en
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Britton, Ron (Biosystems Engineering) Blatz, James (Civil Engineering) en
dc.degree.level Master of Science (M.Sc.) en
dc.description.note October 2009 en


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