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CFD validation of the thermal comfort in a room using draft rates

By M. Ruponen and J.A. Tinker

Abstract

Air temperature and velocity are the two main factors affecting the thermal comfort indoors. These two values can be easily obtained using computational fluid dynamic (CFD) simulations together with the turbulence kinetic energy value. This paper evaluates methods of calculating thermal comfort indices using CFD. Simulated results are compared against experimental data measured in a purpose build full-scale model room. The results show that CFD data can reliably predict thermal comfort values.\u

Year: 2007
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.whiterose.ac.uk:7811

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