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Detection of Moisture Accumulation in Wall Assemblies Using Ultra-Wideband Radio Signals.

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Author(s)

William M. Healy, E Vandoorn

Abstract

This paper discusses the use of ultra-widehand radio signals near 5 GHz to detect moisture problems within building assemblies. Ultra-widehand signals are made up of a large spectrum of electromagnetic waves, and hardware is available to temporally resolve the signals to a time scale on the order of picoseconds. By emitting these signals toward a wall assembly and analyzing the reflected signal, information can be obtained on the wall. Most notably, because water reflects these waves more significantly than dry building materials, the magnitude of the reflections can be correlated to moisture levels. This principle has been incorporated into a synthetic aperture imaging technique to create images of the moisture state of building assemblies. The pictures can help identify locations of unwanted moisture intrusion in a nondestructive manner. Advantages of using ultra-widehand compared to conventional radio frequency techniques include the improved spatial resolution and the ability to penetrate a wide range of materials.
Proceedings Title
Performance of Exterior Envelopes of Whole Buildings. International Conference, 9th. Proceedings December 5-10, 2004
Conference Location
Clearwater Beach, FL
Conference Title

Keywords

wall assemblies, radio signals, moisture, detection

Citation

Healy, W. and Vandoorn, E. (2004), Detection of Moisture Accumulation in Wall Assemblies Using Ultra-Wideband Radio Signals., Performance of Exterior Envelopes of Whole Buildings. International Conference, 9th. Proceedings December 5-10, 2004 , Clearwater Beach, FL, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=101195 (Accessed May 20, 2024)

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Created December 5, 2004, Updated February 19, 2017