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Nodal network and CFD simulation of airflow and heat transfer in double skin facades with blinds

Hanby, V, Cook, M, Infield, D, Ji, Y, Loveday, D and Mei, L 2006, Nodal network and CFD simulation of airflow and heat transfer in double skin facades with blinds , in: The 7th International Conference on System Simulation in Buildings, 11-13 December 2006, Liege, Belgium.

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Abstract

The paper describes a modeling study of heat transfer and buoyancy-driven airflow in double skin facades consisting of a glass outer layer, a control device (venetian blind) and a double-glazed inner skin. The modeling study was based on two approaches — a component-based, lumped parameter simulation which used a public domain, open source differential/algebraic equation solver and a detailed, CFD calculation which included air flow, conduction, convection and radiation. The primary objective of the work was to compare the performance of the simplified model with the output of a rigorous CFD calculation. A library of basic component models was developed, enabling a flexible approach to be taken to the assembly of system models. The coupling of heat transfer processes with buoyancy-driven air flow was facilitated by the use of an equation-based simulation methodology. Simulation output was compared to experimental results obtained from a prototype section of facade, the performance of which had been characterised in a climatically-controlled solar simulator.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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 7th International Conference on System Simulation in Buildings
Refereed: Yes
Depositing User: Dr Yingchun Ji
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2011 09:42
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2014 09:11
URI: http://usir.eprints.org/id/eprint/15866

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