Initial Points of Interest
- The peak temperatures are staggered corresponding to the depths of the respective temperature sensors
- The sensors closer to the surface registered higher temperatures than the ones further into the wall
- The heat was slowly released from the wall after the fire died
out (over ca. 40 hours)
Data & Hypothesis
The above left chart ("Maximum Temperature Values")
shows the peak temperatures reached for each temperature sensor
with the timestamp label below.
We find that the average time difference between temperature peaks
for each temperature sensor is 22.5 minutes.
(20 + 30 + 20 + 20) / 4 = 22.5
The sensors are placed at one inch intervals into the cob wall so
our data is telling us that the heat moved one inch for each 22.5
Our hypothesis states that heat
moves through a cob wall at a rate of 1 inch per hour. Our test
results disprove our hypothesis. The heat moved through the wall
at 1 inch in 22.5 minutes or 2.7 inches per hour.
(1 in / 22.5 min) * 60 min = 2.7 in
- Slow release of heat
The data shows that after heating the cob wall, using the wood-burning
stove, it took about 40 hours for the wall to return to an unheated
or ambient state.
- Temperature difference
The weather data tells us that the average temperature difference
between outdoor and indoor temperature was 40-45 degrees Fahrenheit.
Average heating temperature - (maximum-minimum) outdoor temperature
= average temperature difference
90 - (43+((52-43)/2)) = 42.5
The rate of heat flow through a material is dependent
on (a) the conductivity of the material and (b) the temperature
differential on each side of the material. Our hypothesis does
not take both sides of the equation into account. This means that
it is difficult to test as it is (currently) phrased.
There is a possibility of (a) air infiltration on the sides of or inside the straw and (b) thermal bridging through the plastic straw and/or the temperature sensor cable (see methods).
Temperature changes that we assign to heat transfer through the
cob may partially be due to one or both of these factors. If either
of these factors were at play, we would expect to see a relatively
rapid increase in temperature for the deeper sensors - faster
than what would be possible by conductivity through the wall.
The current data does not seem to be sufficient to allow us to
draw any conclusions on this topic.