[TRNSYS-users] Coldbridge effect and mixed geometry model

Verdiana Russo vrusso at irec.cat
Wed Mar 12 06:43:15 PDT 2014

Dear Jochen,

Thank you for your answer.

As regards the shm file, I checked, and it's ok, I understood. Thanks, this point was not so clear to me.

As regards the definition of cold bridges, I have some other questions. Perhaps you can help me.

-          As you say, I use this method: I draw a wall in a thermal zone in SketchUp and I re-import the model in TrnBuild. When I define the wall as a cold bridge, it changes automatically the voice "area" of the wall to the voice "length", as it is a cold bridge. But the value is the same of the area of the wall I drew in SketchUp. This means that the way to put the correct length is to draw in SketchUp a wall with this length x 1m of width, isn't it?

-          May I put the new wall (which will be defined as cold bridge) everywhere in the space of a thermal zone? For example, if I draw a wall corresponding to the cold bridge of a pillar/floor in front of the position of the pillar/floor, at a certain distance from the facade's wall, does it affect as a shading element to the wall or not? And in any case, what is the better place to draw the wall?

I attach images to help you to visualize my question.

-          Finally, is there a way to define punctual cold bridges?

Thank you very much and best regards,


De: trnsys-users-bounces at cae.wisc.edu [mailto:trnsys-users-bounces at cae.wisc.edu] En nombre de hotline
Enviado el: martes, 11 de marzo de 2014 15:06
Para: 'TRNSYS users mailing list at the Solar Energy Lab, UW-Madison'
Asunto: Re: [TRNSYS-users] Coldbridge effect and mixed geometry model

Dear Verdiana,

1)      To add a new wall and keeping the possibility of using the detailed radiation computation. You have to export the

TRNBuild model to an idf File and add the wall in SketchUp. Afterwards you can re-import and define

the wall as a coldbridge.

2)      The shm file is used, when it exists (and when it is named as your b17 file) , no matter if you choose the 3D Mode, the mixed mode or manual mode. You can check in the list file if the shm file is used, this message will occure.

*** Notice at time        :         0.000000

    Generated by Unit     :    14
    Generated by Type     :    56

    Message               : Shading mask file *.shm  for external windows exists and will be used.

The difference is that vfm and ism matrices can't be used in the mixed mode.


Jochen Lam
TRNSYS Software Team

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Von: trnsys-users-bounces at cae.wisc.edu<mailto:trnsys-users-bounces at cae.wisc.edu> [mailto:trnsys-users-bounces at cae.wisc.edu] Im Auftrag von Verdiana Russo
Gesendet: Montag, 10. März 2014 17:00
An: trnsys-users at cae.wisc.edu<mailto:trnsys-users at cae.wisc.edu>
Betreff: [TRNSYS-users] Coldbridge effect and mixed geometry model

Dear TRNSYS Users,

I have two questions about building simulation.

1)      I would like to introduce some coldbridge effects in a building model, created with Trnsys3D-SketchUp.

As I see, a way to do it is to add a new wall to the zone, and define it as Coldbridge.

To do this, the program asks me to change the geometry model from "3D" to "manual" or "mixed".

But in this way I lose the possibility to simulate with detailed internal and external radiation mode.

Do you know if there is another way to consider coldbridge effects, which functions with detailed radiation mode?

Is there anyone who tried to do it?

2)      In Volume 5 of the TRNsys Manual the difference between "3D", "manual" and "mixed" geometry mode is explained.

In "mixed" mode it says that only detailed external shading is considered.

As I understand from this, if I use this mode, I should need the shading matrix file to run the simulation and to consider external shading.

But I tried to run the simulation pulling out the .shm file from the folder where the .b17 file is, and the simulation runs without errors.

So I think that it does not need .shm file to function.

I pulled out the .ism, .shd too, and I see that it does not use them too.

So, my question is: how does "mixed" mode consider detailed external shading?

Thanks and best regards,

Verdiana Russo
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