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computational fluid dynamics

Measurement and modelling of aerosol particle flow in an environmental chamber.

This paper is concerned with measurement of air and aerosol particle exchange efficiency in a single zone chamber. Aerosol particles and tracer gases were injected into the chamber and their concentrations were monitored as a funtion of time. The chamber was provided with supply and exhaust terminals which allowed various airflow and particle patterns (e.g. piston flow, displacement flow) to be investigated. The effect of airflow pattern on deposition rate of aerosol particles on the surfaces of the chamber was determined.

Determination of k-factors of HVAC system components using measurements and CFD modelling.

Indoor air quality, comfort and energy use in buildings are largely dependent on the performance of HVAC systems. However, the pressure loss factors available to the designer show large discrepancies depending on the source of the data. In particular there are very few data regarding the effect on k-factors of interactions between duct components in close proximity. This paper describes measurement and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling of pressure loss in HVAC system components. The results were compared with those data given in the ASHRAE and CIBSE guides.

Air movement studies in a large parish church building.

This paper presents a trial of applying a CFD package into an air movement study in an old English church. The possibility of adopting computational modelling in a complex shaped building has highlighted the problem encountered due to the large difference in scale between thermal elements and building enclosure. The results have demonstrated that there are still significant problems to be overcome in using CFD models in such situations.

Investigation of effect of tracer species on tracer mixing using CFD.

Tracer-gas techniques are widely used for measurement of airflow in buildings and their accuracy depends critically on the uniformity of tracerlair mixing. However, tracer mixing is still an unsolved problem and the effect of many factors remains unclear. This paper presents a study of the effect on mixing of tracer species. The investigation concentrated on tracer mixing involved in the decay technique, which is the most widely used version of the tracer gas method.