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Computational fluid dynamics modelling of the air movement in an environmental test chamber with a respiring manikin

Mahyuddin, N., Awbi, H. B. and Essah, E. A. (2015) Computational fluid dynamics modelling of the air movement in an environmental test chamber with a respiring manikin. Journal of Building Performance Simulation, 8 (5). pp. 359-374. ISSN 1940-1493

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/19401493.2014.956672


In recent years, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) has been widely used as a method of simulating airflow and addressing indoor environment problems. The complexity of airflows within the indoor environment would make experimental investigation difficult to undertake and also imposes significant challenges on turbulence modelling for flow prediction. This research examines through CFD visualization how air is distributed within a room. Measurements of air temperature and air velocity have been performed at a number of points in an environmental test chamber with a human occupant. To complement the experimental results, CFD simulations were carried out and the results enabled detailed analysis and visualization of spatial distribution of airflow patterns and the effect of different parameters to be predicted. The results demonstrate the complexity of modelling human exhalation within a ventilated enclosure and shed some light into how to achieve more realistic predictions of the airflow within an occupied enclosure.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of the Built Environment > Construction Management and Engineering > Innovative and Sustainable Technologies
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Energy Research
ID Code:37813
Uncontrolled Keywords:computational fluid dynamics, exhalation, airflow distribution, environmental test chamber
Publisher:Taylor & Francis


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