Using the torque characteristics of dampers to measure airflow, Part 2 : analysis and testing

Thanks to an uncertainty analysis, the demonstration has been made that the APT method can, over a wide range of conditions, outperform a pitot tube, but can't do it when the damper is nearly open. Tests have confirmed the results of the uncertainty analysis.

Using the torque characteristics of dampers to measure airflow, Part 1 : model development and validation

The mathematical model described in this paper relates position, velocity and aerodynamic Torque characteristics of air dampers. That model has been has been developed and tested experimentally : the results demonstrate its accuracy.

Indoor air quality in classrooms : field campaign by questionnaires and measurements

A research project aimed at investigating IAQ and thermal, acoustic and visual comfort was carried out in Italian high school and university classrooms. The investigations were performed through field campaigns during regular lesson periods consisting of subjective surveys and measurements. This work focuses in analysing the results from the IAQ investigations at four high schools of Provincia di Torino during the heating period.

In-situ performances measurement of an innovative hybrid ventilation system in collective housing retrofitting

To get closer from comfort and energy levels of new buildings conciliating economical viability for the big retrofitting market : the challenge opens the way to the most innovative ventilation systems. In this context was born a new hybrid ventilation system mixing demand-controlled components and low pressure assistance fan. HR-VENT is an exceptional large-scale monitoring launched in France in the suburb of Paris in order to measure the effectiveness of this new system, as well as to improve the knowledge on the hybrid and standard natural ventilation.

Experimental and numerical studies on indoor air quality in a real environment

This paper deals with the relevance of Computational Fluids Dynamics (CFD) results confronted tomeasurements carried out under uncontrolled thermal conditions. Experimental tests have been undertaken in a room and in a kitchen of an experimental house. Although the wall surface temperatures and the air intake temperature have not been imposed, the air change rates have been controlled during the measurements. Moreover, since measurements have been carried out in a real environment, air leakage has occurred at the walls.

Estimation of the effective fresh air supply rate on two storey dwellings employing stack effect ventilation

This study deals with the ventilation performance of two storey dwellings employing stack effect ventilation to satisfy the overall ventilation requirement. The SRF (Supply Rate Fulfillment) index was used as a ventilation performance index. The experiments were implemented to measure effective fresh air rate by using tracer gas in a test house. Following are the results of the experiments and the theoretical calculations. The measured air change rate and the SRF value were fairly close to the theoretical calculation.

Air leakiness of non-standard housing : impact of upgrading measures

Sheffield City Council in the UK identified some dwellings of non-standard construction that needed to be refurbished. The refurbishment mainly involved applying insulation and rendering to the exterior surfaces of external walls and replacing old windows. The main aims of the refurbishment for the Council were to improve the condition and appearance of the dwellings and reduce conductive heat loss through the fabric.

Evaluation of two new duct leakage measurement methods in 51 homes

Duct leakage in forced-air distribution systems has been recognized for years as a major source of energy losses in residential buildings. Unfortunately, the distribution of leakage across homes is far from uniform, and measuring duct leakage under normal operating conditions has proven to be difficult.

Thermal comfort in the climatic conditions of southern Italy

This paper presents the results of four thermal comfort surveys conducted in naturally ventilated and air-conditioned buildings located in Bari, in southern Italy, during winter and summer seasons. The buildings were of different types, including offices, lecture rooms, and library reading rooms. The

A gravimetric measurement method for ventilation cleanliness, before and after cleaning. Description and application.

The cleaning of HVAC systems aims at removing contaminants and re-establishing the function of the system of ventilation.A measurement method for ventilation cleanliness is discussed in this paper. It is based on measuring the dust deposits inside ducts. Comparison of that HVAC cleanliness method is made with others.