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Thermal Mass Output from OpenStudio or E+

asked 2017-01-09 01:55:41 -0600

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updated 2017-08-05 07:36:18 -0600

I'm doing some parameter variation in OpenStudio using measures, one of them being a measure that can multiply the thermal mass of the exterior wall by a user defined number and that's all good, but I would like to know the resulting value of the thermal mass and for that I need an output of some sort or a file I can open to at least know what the baseline thermal mass is?

Is this something that is possible?

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answered 2017-01-11 09:41:23 -0600

updated 2017-01-19 09:20:46 -0600

I didn't see anything in the Envelope Summary Tabular output in EnergyPlus. Here is a way to do it from model inputs in OpenStudio. The code below loops through layered constructions and then the material layers for each construction and reports the mass per m^2 for the construction. You could use this to get mass for specific surfaces or for all surfaces using a specific construction.

  model.getLayeredConstructions.each do |layered_construction|
  mass_per_area = 0.0
  layered_construction.layers.each do |layer|
    if layer.to_StandardOpaqueMaterial.is_initialized
      layer = layer.to_StandardOpaqueMaterial.get
      density = layer.density
      thickness = layer.thickness
      puts "#{} is opaque and has density of #{density} (kg/m^3) and a thickness of #{thickness} (m)"
      mass_per_area += density * thickness
  puts "Mass of #{} is #{mass_per_area} (kg/m^2)"

Output looks like this.

Roof Membrane - Highly Reflective is opaque and has density of 1121.29 (kg/m^3) and a thickness of 0.0095 (m)

Metal Roof Surface is opaque and has density of 7823.99999999999 (kg/m^3) and a thickness of 0.000799999999999998 (m)

Mass of Typical IEAD Roof - Highly Reflective R-20.83 is 16.911454999999975 (kg/m^2)
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