Air infiltration induced by heating appliances.

Infiltration heat losses due to heating appliances located within the living space are normally evaluated by reducing the conversion efficiency of the boiler, with no consideration for the fluid dynamic interaction between boiler, chimney and building. Purpose of this work is to develop a simplified mathematical model of the overall (building + boiler + chimney) system, suitable to calculate the pressure distribution and air flow rate in the building induced by the simultaneous effect of natural forces and the exhaust system.

Numerical simulation of indoor turbulent air flows caused by cross-ventilation and its model experiments.

Since thermal comfort on human body is influenced by the local air flow speed, it is needed to estimate the distribution of air flow speed in a room for the "effective ventilation". Numerical solution of the equations for the motion of 3-dimensional turbulent air flow and model experiments are conducted for this purpose. The experiment model is a single room model house with 2 windows on the opposite walls. It is actually ventilated by the natural wind. Non-directivity thermistor anemometers are used to measured the 3-dimensional distribution of indoor air flow speed.

Analysis of the influence of topography on climatic exposure of buildings (Climatological Data).

This text contains comments to the poster presented at the 9th AlVC Conference in Gent, Belgium. The project under consideration in the poster (Climatological Data Transfer) is one of the numerous research fields of the Swiss ERL program (Energierelevante Luftströmungen in Gebaüde - Energy Relevant Air Flow in Buildings).

A numerical study of buoyancy-driven flows of mass and energy in a stairwell.

This paper describes a two-dimensional numerical study, by finite-volume method of buoyancy-driven flow in a half-scale model of a stairwell. The stairwell forms a closed system within which the circulation of air is maintained by the supply of heat in the lower floor. The heat loss takes place from the stairwell walls. The mathematical model consists of the governing equations of mass, energy, momentum and those of the k - E model of turbulence. The predicted flow pattern and the velocity in the stairway are presented and compared with the authors' experimental data.