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Transient flows in enclosures: A generalised approach for modelling the effects of geometry, heat gains and wind

Economidou, M and Hunt, GR (2010) Transient flows in enclosures: A generalised approach for modelling the effects of geometry, heat gains and wind. Building and Environment, 45. pp. 2607-2619. ISSN 0360-1323

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Transient flows in a confined ventilated space induced by a buoyancy source of time-varying strength and an external wind are examined. The space considered has varying cross-sectional area with height. A generalised theoretical model is proposed to investigate the flow dynamics following the activation of an external wind and an internal source of buoyancy. To investigate the effect of geometry, we vary the angle of the wall inclination of a particular geometry in which a point source of constant buoyancy is activated in the absence of wind. Counter-intuitively the ventilation is worse and lower airflow rates are established for geometries of increasing cross-sectional areas with height. We investigate the effect of the source buoyancy strength by comparing two cases: (1) when the buoyancy input is constant and (2) when the buoyancy input gradually increases over time so that after a finite time the total buoyancy inputs for (1) and (2) are identical. The rate at which the source heat gains are introduced has a significant role on the flow behaviour as we find that, in case (2), a warmer layer and a more pronounced overshoot are obtained than in case (1). The effect of assisting and opposing wind on the transient ventilation of an enclosure of constant cross-sectional area with height and constant heat gains is examined. A Froude number Fr is used to define the relative strengths of the buoyancy-induced and wind-induced velocities and five different transient states and their associated critical Fr are identified. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Buoyancy Modelling Natural ventilation Transient flows
Divisions: Div A > Fluid Mechanics
Depositing User: Cron job
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2015 22:40
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2015 08:20
DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2010.05.020