Experimental and numerical studies on local high efficiency air conditioning system for office buildings

The effects of an air conditioning system for office buildings were studied experimentally and computationally. A displacement ventilation system was used as the main air-conditioning system, and a partition with a built-in circular fan was used to deliver the air-conditioned clean air near the floor supplied by the main displacement system to the occupant in the office directly.

Numerical and experimental investigations of air-flow and temperature patterns of a low velocity diffuser

In this article, four turbulence models are studied to capture the flow and temperature behavior of the air close to a low-velocity diffuser for displacement ventilation. Turbulence is modeled by means of one zero-equation model and three different two-equation models, i.e. the LVEL, the RNG, the Standard k-e, and the Chen-Kim model. They are evaluated for their performance in predicting the air flow patterns and temperature profiles close to the diffuser.

Influence of different pollutant sources on selection of ventilation system in rooms with cooled ceilings

This paper analyses through CFD simulation results the removal effectiveness in an office cooled by a chilled ceiling combined with either mixing or displacement ventilation. For passive pollutant sources, both systems provide similar air quality. For active pollutants and when a large volume of all fresh air is supplied, displacement ventilation has better performance.

Vertical distribution of occupant-generated particles in a room with displacement ventilation

Measurements were carried out in a test chamber with displacement ventilation to know the vertical distribution of airborne particles generated by two human subjects having an activity representative of that of people working in an office. Particle concentration was observed as increasing with height. A threshold size of particles was found at 5 to 10 microns above which the displacement effect of particles by air flow started to decline. Negative concentration gradients were observed for large particles at the lowest ventilation rate, when the air flow does not displace them.

Experimental study on the thermal environment of chair ventilation

Experimental results on the thermal conditions around a ventilated chair (with air supply openings in its base) are provided. They concern air velocities, temperatures and thermal comfort for a seated person. Results are commented compared to those obtained in a room with displacement ventilation with wall-mounted diffuser.

Thermal comfort in a mixing ventilated room with high velocities near the occupied zone

Experimental results in a testing room with mixing ventilation were used to define two new ways of designing the inlet airflow in order to ensure comfort. The first way uses the assumption that air velocities are only a function of the Archimedes number, which provides curves showing air velocity in the occupied zone as function of inlet air temperature and velocity. The second way results from an analytical calculation of the penetration length of the air jet in the room and the distance where it enters the occupied zone.

Computation of airflow in a displacement ventilation/chilled ceiling environment

This study is to validate a CFD model of displacement ventilation combined with chilled ceiling and determine if this combination may create draught risk or influence badly indoor air quality.

An example of verification, validation, and reporting of indoor environment CFD analyses

A procedure to verify, validate and report CFD analyses in indoor environment applications has been developed. The process on how to use this procedure is explained through the example of CFD modeling of an office with mechanical displacement ventilation.

Numerical investigation of transient buoyant flow in a room with displacement ventilation and a chilled ceiling system

Flow and heat transfer calculations have been operated in a typical office room equipped with a displacement ventilation and a chilled ceiling system. Results show quasi-periodic flow when the values of internal thermal loads are high. They also show lateral oscillations of the plumes above heat sources which create after impact on the cold ceiling recirculating flows in the room.

Displacement ventilation environments with chilled ceilings: thermal comfort design within the context of the BS EN ISO 7730 versus adaptive debate.

Describes the current design standard BS EN ISO7730 - 'Moderate thermal environments - determination of the PMV and PPD indices and specification of the conditions for thermal comfort'. States that it is based on Fanger's work and comprises a steady-state human heat balance model that leads to a prediction of the sensation of human thermal comfort for a given set of thermal conditions. Questions the applicability of this standard when confronted with the more complex environment of a chilled ceiling operated in combination with displacement ventilation.