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Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2017/18
03AXZPM
Technical physics of environment
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Architecture - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Astolfi Arianna ORARIO RICEVIMENTO AC ING-IND/11 80 20 0 40 11
Corgnati Stefano Paolo ORARIO RICEVIMENTO O2 ING-IND/11 80 20 0 40 10
Serra Valentina ORARIO RICEVIMENTO O2 ING-IND/11 80 20 0 40 11
SSD CFU Activities Area context
ING-IND/11 10 A - Di base Discipline fisico-tecniche ed impiantistiche per l'architettura
Subject fundamentals
The course ‘Building Physics’ aims to provide students with basic technical knowledge, assessment tools and data regarding the indoor environmental quality, the building energy performance and the building technologies.
The course deals with the fundamentals of thermal-hygrometric, fluid-dynamics, visual and acoustical physical phenomena with particular attention to the correlated user perception (comfort) and energy related aspects.
The purpose of this course is to train students in:
- knowledge of environmental phenomena in fluid-dynamics, thermal-hygrometric, lighting and acoustic field in relation to human perception;
- ability to adopt conscious choices with regard to the building physics project;
- ability to quantify the building performances and verify the main thermal-hygrometric, energy, lighting and acoustic requirements, with regard to the indoor space and the building envelope.
Expected learning outcomes
The course aims to provide basic knowledge of building physics phenomena in the fluid-dynamics, thermal-hygrometric, lighting and acoustic field in relation to human perception, of the performance indicators, of the quantitative evaluation tools and of reference data related to building energy, addressing the issues of energy optimization of the building-system and of the indoor environmental quality.

In more detail, at the end of the course students will acquire the following skills:
- ability to make conscious choices with regard to the building physics design;
- ability to assess the building performance and to verify the main thermal-hygrometric, energy, lighting and acoustic requirements related to the indoor environment and to the building envelope.
- ability to size HVAC system components through simplified methods.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Students are requested to have the basic concepts of physics at a high-school level as well as of notions of mathematics, which are taught within the course "mathematics".
Contents
The course is structured in four main topics for a total of 10 credits:
A. FUNDAMENTALS OF THERMAL AND MECHANICAL PHENOMENA (4 credits), in which main contents are mechanics of fluids, thermodynamics, psychrometry, thermokinetics.
B. BUILDING THERMAL-PHYSICS (2 credits), facing the aspects related to building thermal and energetic behaviour and building envelope design.
C. LIGHTING (2 credits), dealing with physical properties and perception of light and daylighting and electric lighting design.
D. ACOUSTICS (2 credits), dealing with physical properties and perception of sound, environmental and building acoustics.
Delivery modes
The course will consist of both theoretical lectures and practical applications to better clarify the theoretical lectures and to acquire a practical solving-problem knowledge to apply to projects; practical applications will be concerned with both numerical exercises and experimental and design based practices.

Numerical exercises
Numerical exercises on all the topics dealt during the course will be developed in classroom.

Experimental practices
Experimental activities will be carried out regarding the measurement of temperature, humidity, air velocity and thermal transmittance, daylighting factor, illuminance and luminance mapping, sound level, reverberation time and acoustic insulation.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources

Basic books
- Corrado V., Fabrizio E., Fondamenti di Termofisica dell’Edificio e Climatizzazione, II edizione, CLUT, Torino, 2014.
- Corrado V., Fabrizio E., Applicazioni di Termofisica dell’Edificio e Climatizzazione, CLUT, Torino, 2009.
- Astolfi A., Corrado V., Applicazioni di Illuminazione e Acustica, CELID, Torino, 2012.
- AA.VV., Schede di Fisica tecnica ambientale.
(The lecture notes will be available on the teaching portal)

Books for further readings
- Corrado V., Conoscenze di Base: unità di misura, fonti energetiche e fondamenti di termodinamica, Quaderni di bioedilizia, vol. 3, Forte Chance Piemonte, Torino, 2009.
- Capozzoli A., Gorrino A., Caratterizzazione energetica e tecnologie costruttive dell’involucro edilizio, Quaderni di bioedilizia, vol. 6, Forte Chance Piemonte, Torino, 2010.
- Oliaro, P., Corrado, V., Appunti delle lezioni di fisica tecnica, Politeko, c.so Einaudi 55, Torino, 1999.
- Cengel, Y.A., Termodinamica e Trasmissione del Calore, III edizione, McGraw-Hill, 2009.
- Fracastoro G.V., Fisica tecnica ambientale (parte I, II, III e IV), Torino, 2003, www.mondovi.polito.it/ebook/pubbl.html.
- Ricciardi P., Elementi di acustica e illuminotecnica, McGraw-Hill, 2009.
- Lo Verso V.R., Aghemo C., Guida alla progettazione dell'illuminazione naturale, AIDI, Torrazzi, Parma, 2003.
- Spagnolo R. (a cura di), Acustica – Fondamenti e applicazioni, UTET, 2015.
If necessary further and specific references will be provided during the course.
Assessment and grading criteria
Knowledge and competence acquired during the course are assessed through a written examination that consists of some numerical exercises with the aim of verifying the capacity of the student of facing specific case studies of building physics. The assessment of theoretical knowledges is carried out through a multiple-choice test and/or open question test or through an oral examination. The reservation through the web-portal is required for the final exam.
In detail, in the written part of the exam the students are asked to solve from 3 to 5 numerical exercises regarding to the topics dealt during the course. The exercises will be chosen on selected topics: thermal and mechanical phenomena, building thermo-physics, lighting and acoustic exercises. For each exercise is expected 30 minutes. During the written exam is not allowed to consult any text including solved exercises. If the written exam mark is at least 15/30, the student is admitted to the oral exam/test, which must be obligatorily took on the same exam session.
The final mark will be calculated as the weighted average of the different marks: written part and oral examination/test. In case of a negative evaluation of the oral exam/test, the student will have to repeat the whole exam (so also the written test).
All students can support a midterm exam during the February session, concerning the topics dealt in the first part of the course. This written midterm exam consists of solving 2 or 3 numerical exercises. If the written test mark is at least 15/30, the student is admitted to the oral exam/test, which must be necessarily took on the same exam session. The midterm exam mark is valid only for the current academic year.
During the course in not previously established dates, at the end of each topic the teachers could propose (to the students of the current academic year only) a numerical exercise, with a total of 5 exercises per year (3 in the first half of the course and 2 in second one). If the exercises are every time delivered, they constitute a midterm and/or total mark of the written examination at the end of the year. It is possible to repeat the midterm and/or the examination at the end of the year or of the semester. If the written test mark is at least 15/30, the student is admitted to the oral exam/test. The oral exam/test must be took in the session immediately following the end of the semester in which the written numerical exercises were carried out (at the end of the first semester and of the second one).

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2017/18
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