BA8105 - Moisture and Air Transfer in Building Structures


This course is no longer taught and is only available for examination. For a complete course description, see previous academic years.

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 50/100 1 hours E
Assignment 50/100

Course content

The starting point of the course is the theory base for air and moisture transfer in porous materials, air voids and at surfaces. Transfer phenomena in building assemblies and practical cases are treated. Driving forces, boundary conditions, different interacting mechanisms in different types of assemblies, moisture accumulation and drying, multidimensional conditions and relevant material parameters are also included, as well as methods for numerical simulation and application of relevant software.

Learning outcome

After completing the course the candidate should have an in-depth understanding of driving forces, transport mechanisms and practical consequences of moisture and air transport in building assemblies. The candidate shall also be able to analyse and solve problems linked to causality and performance problems caused by such transport processes. Knowledge: The candidate should have elaborative knowledge of processes related to building physics and will be capable of systematic application of relevant methods and tools for simulation, analysis and evaluation of such processes in design as well as refurbishment of buildings. Skills: The candidate is able independently to perform analysis of building assemblies as a basis for assessment of risk for performance problems. The candidate is also able to identify, develop and quality assure relevant solutions for such problems. General competence: After completing the course the candidate has obtained: - Ability to analyse critically the design and material use in building assemblies - Ability to orientate oneself regarding the relevant research front - Ability to identify building physical problems and communicate relevant solutions - Ability to ensure sustainability aspects

Learning methods and activities

Combination of seminars and self study. An individual study report (e.g. literature survey, experimental or numerical study or similar) is mandatory. To pass the course a score of at least 70 percent is required. The lectures and exercises are in English when students who do not speak Norwegian take the course.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercise

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

Knowledge of basic Building Physics equivalent with the course TBA4160 Building Physics, basic course

Course materials

Information will be given at course start

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  10.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level



Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Building Technology
  • Technological subjects
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 50/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Oral examination 50/100 E 2021-08-25 09:00
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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