Physibel

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Suite of heat and mass transfer programs:

  • 2-D /3-D steady state heat transfer for building details, thermal bridges, window frames and enclosures:� KOBRU86, CYLI86, TRISCO, BISCO, RADCON, KOBRA.

  • 2-D /3-D transient heat transfer for ground heat losses, building details, and efficiency of thermal capacity: SECTRA, VOLTRA.

  • improved Glaser method for vapour transfer, condensation, and drying: GLASTA.

  • multi-zone transient heat transfer for heating, cooling, overheating, sunscreens, and passive solar energy: CAPSOL.

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Keywords

heat transfer, mass transfer, radiation, convection, steady-state, transient, 2-D, 3-D

Validation/Testing

N/A

Expertise Required

A basic knowledge about heat and mass transfer is sufficient for most programs, but a knowledge in depth of heat transfer mechanisms is helpful to solve complex problems.

Users

More than 300 users in more than 25 countries.

Audience

Universities and (building) research institutes, consulting firms (building physics, architecture, engineering), building industry (manufacturers of insulation, glazings, window frames, building components).

Input

See web site for input requirements of individual programs.

Output

See web site for output data and methods provided from individual programs.

Computer Platform

PC-compatible, 386 or higher, DOS, Windows (95/98/NT).

Programming Language

C++

Strengths

The simulations based on physical laws (heat balance method) imply physical correctness. In depth analysis of window frames (KOBRU86/BISCO/RADCON). Fast 3-D object description and solution (TRISCO/VOLTRA). In depth simulation of glazings, solar screens, double facades integrated in building simulation (CAPSOL). Input calculation and output are integrated in 1 user interface (all programs). Bitmap graphics can be used to input a 2-D geometry (BISCO). Semi-automatic grid refinement (KOBRU86/SECTRA/TRISCO/VOLTRA). Automatic triangulation (BISCO). Animations of transient heat transfer in building details (SECTRA/VOLTRA) and buildings (CAPSOL). Professional high resolution graphic output (all programs). Databases: materials (all programs), climate databases (transient programs), building details (KOBRA).

Weaknesses

N/A

Contact

Company:

Address:

Heirweg 21
Maldegem B-9990
Belgium

Telephone:

+32 (50) 711432

Facsimile:

+32 (50) 717842

E-mail:

mail@physibel.be

Website:

http://www.physibel.be

Availability

More information on each of the individual programs is available on the Physibel web site. Information brochure, CD, and price list available on request.