Paper presented at the 9th International Conference on Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics, Malta, 16-18 July, 2012.
In this study, effect of wall orientation on time lag and decrement factor is investigated numerically using an implicit finite difference method under steady periodic conditions. The investigation is carried out for three different insulation materials in the climatic conditions of Istanbul, Turkey. For this purpose, the outside surface of the wall is exposed to periodic solar radiation and outdoor environmental temperature. The inside surface is exposed to room air maintained at constant indoor design temperature. The insulation is placed at outside of wall. It is seen that as expected, as the insulation thickness increases, decrement factor decreases while time lag increases. Results show that wall orientation has a great effect on time lag while it has a small effect on decrement factor. It is seen that maximum time lag and minimum decrement factor are obtained in an east oriented wall.