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A Non-Destructive Testing Method and Analysis for Air Pressure Distribution in the Stacks of Building Drainage Systems

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Cheng-Li Cheng, Wan-Ju Liao, Kuen-Chi He, Chia-Ju Yen

National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan

Paper No. PVP2008-61147, pp. 309-316; 8 pages
  • ASME 2008 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 7: Operations, Applications and Components
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA, July 27–31, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4830-2 | eISBN: 0-7918-3828-5
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


A drainage system is one of the most essential facilities in building service engineering. Unfortunately relevant technology used today to analyze it was developed decades ago. This research investigated the case of existing building drainage systems in Taiwan, including our previous studies. The purpose of this paper is the development of a non-destructive testing method of air pressure fluctuation in a stacked building drainage system using field observation and experimental study of stack fluid mechanisms. A portable testing device is developed to execute field testing in existing drainage systems to determine air pressure fluctuation in the stacks of buildings. Meanwhile, the Fourier Transform Process is adopted in this paper to analyze the power spectrum of air pressure fluctuation in a drainage stack and to verify the previous theoretical study. Validation obtained from case-studies can be used to confirm the practicality of this portable and non-destructive testing method. As a result, the proposed testing method can be applied to the diagnosis of existing building drainage systems and improve the design of a drainage system in an existing housing complex.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME



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