Chen Zhang, Qingyan Chen, Per Heiselberg, Michal Pomianowski
Bibliographic info:
Building Simulation, 2015, Hyderabad, India

Diffuse ceiling ventilation uses perforations in the suspended ceiling to deliver air into the occupied zone. Due to the complex geometry of the diffuser, it is not possible to build an exact geometrical model in CFD simulation. Two numerical models are proposed in this study, one is a simplified geometrical model and the other is a porous media model. The numerical models are validated by the full-scale experimental studies in a climate chamber. The results indicate that porous media model performed better on predicting air flow characteristic below diffuse ceiling and air velocity near the floor. However, the simplified geometrical model shows superior performance on calculating the diffuse ceiling surface temperature.