Course Details

Applied Physics

NBA007 course is part of 3 study plans

Ing. full-t. program NPC-SIS compulsory Summer Semester 1st year 3 credits

Ing. full-t. program NPA-SIS compulsory Summer Semester 1st year 3 credits

Ing. combi. program NKC-SIS compulsory Summer Semester 1st year 3 credits

Porous structure of matter, sorption isotherms, hydrostatics of three-phase systems, Fourier and Fick equations of heat and moisture tranport, combined transport of heat and moisture in porous building matters, classical Glaser’s condensation model, generalised Glaser’s condensation model.

Course Guarantor

prof. RNDr. Tomáš Ficker, DrSc.


Institute of Physics

Learning outcomes

Students will master skills in the following fields:
1) Advanced calculations of heat resistance of building structures in the case of two-dimensional heat flow. Utilization of analogy of electric resistances
2) Solutions of Fourier’s equations of heat conduction in the case of temperature-dependent coefficient of heat conduction.
3) Calculations of heat radiation inside closed spaces (interiors).
4) Advanced calculations of combined heat transfer.
5) Advanced calculations of diffusion and condensation of water vapors in building structures.
7) Solutions of generalized Fick’s equations of diffusion in non-isothermal conditions.
6) Calculations of room accoustics.


Basic knowledge of physics, basic knowledge of mathematical analysis, basic knowledge of building thermal technology, basic knowledge of acoustics of inner spaces.


Solutions of advanced differential equations, calculations of more complicated integrals.

Planned educational activities and teaching methods

Teaching method of this subject is in agreement with article 7 of Brno University Technology Rules for Studies and Examinations. The method is based on a series of lectures (one hundred minute lecture per each week) and laboratory measurements (one hundred minute measurement per two weeks). In addition, students have to solve a series of rather more complicated numerical problems as their homework. The solutions of these problems are checked by the teachers in student laboratories.

Forms and criteria of assessment

The classification of students concerns practical and theoretical skills. Practical skills are evaluated on the basis of performed measurements and numerical calculations within student laboratories. Students are graded up to twenty levels there. The evaluation of their theoretical skills is realized during the examination which consists of two written tests (essay plus 4 numerical problems) and oral examination. The overall evaluation (100 levels) is converted into six grades: A, B, C, D, E, F.


1) Advanced computational methods of thermal resistance of building structures.
2) Advanced computational methods concerning condensation in building structures by means of generalised non-isothermal transport equations.

Specification of controlled instruction, the form of instruction, and the form of compensation of the absences

Vymezení kontrolované výuky a způsob jejího provádění stanoví každoročně aktualizovaná vyhláška garanta předmětu.


2 hours/week, 13 weeks, elective

Syllabus of lectures

1. Types of pores, porosity, absolute and relative humidity, physisorption and chemisorption.
2. Sorption isotherms after : (a) Harkins and Jury, (b) Langmuir, (c) Brunauer, Emmet and Teller (BET).
3. Three-phase system, potential of porous water, retention line of moisture.
4. Measuring methods, hysteresis of retention line, analysis of retention line.
5. Foundations of non-linear thermodynamics.
6. Phenomenological transport equations, Fourier equations of heat conduction.
7. Non-linear temperature profiles in building constructions.
8. Fick diffusion equations and their solutions.
9. Isothermal and non-isothermal diffusion.
10. Non-linear pressure profiles of water vapour in structures.
11. Thermal diffusion (Soret effect), transport of moisture in the three moisture regions: under-hygroscopic, hygroscipic and over-hygroscopic.
12. Classical Generalised Glaser’s condensation model.
13 Acoustics of inner spaces.


1 hours/week, 13 weeks, compulsory

Syllabus of practice

Topics and content of laboratory exercises:
1. Determination of heat capacity of solids by means of calorimeter (measurement)
2. Determination of coefficient of heat expansion of solids (measurement)
3. Determination of heat conduction of brick by means of non-stationary method (measurement)
4. Determination of adiabatic Poisson’s constant of air (measurement)
5. Determination of heat factor of heat pump (measurement)
6. Determination of frequency dependence of sound absorptivity (measurement)
7. Frequency analysis of sound (measurement)
8. Reverberation time in a room (measurement)
9. Determination of roughness of fracture surfaces by means of the confocal microscope
Throughout the semester students solve a set of numerical problems and continuously provide their results to teachers to check the results.