Inter-zone convection affects the general movements of air in a building and must be evaluated for accurate thermal zones heat and mass balance. The paper presents results of an experimental study of convective heat transfers caused by temperature difference between two zones connected by an opening of height 2. 05 m and varying width. Experiments were carried out in a full scale calorimetric chamber (5.5 m x 2.5 m x 2.5 m). Temperature differences were maintained by two active vertical walls locatedon either side of the doorway. Convective heat transfers were deduced from energy balances and expressed in terms of Nusselt, Grashof and Prandtl numbers. The C and m parameters were obtained from the analysis of approximately 30 experiments for various temperature differences and opening width.
Experimental investigation of convective couplings across various doorways under horizontal temperature gradients.
12th AIVC Conference "Air Movement and Ventilation Control within Buildings" Ottawa, Canada, 24-27 September 1991