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CFD modelling of atrium-assisted natural ventilation

Ji, Y, Cook, M and Hunt, G 2004, CFD modelling of atrium-assisted natural ventilation , in: The 9th International Conference on Air Distribution in Rooms, September 5-8, 2004, University of Coimbra, Portugal.

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Abstract

Using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) techniques to model buoyancy-driven airflows has always proved challenging. This work investigates CFD modelling of buoyancy-driven natural ventilation flows in a single-storey space connected to an atrium. The atrium is taller than the ventilated space and when warmed by internal heat gains producing a column of warm air in the atrium and connect space drives a ventilation flow. Results of CFD simulations are compared with predictions of an analytical model and small-scale experiments [1]. Using the RNG k-epsilon turbulence model the predicted airflow patterns and temperature profile agreed reasonably well between the three prediction techniques. The work demonstrates the potential of using CFD for modelling natural displacement ventilation and the accuracy that can be expected.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: CFD, atrium, RNG k-epsilon turbulence model, natural ventilation, buoyancy
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Urban Quality Research Centre (UQRC)
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Air Distribution in Rooms
Refereed: Yes
Depositing User: Dr Yingchun Ji
Date Deposited: 27 May 2011 10:53
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:52
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/15846

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