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JCP 2010 Vol.5(10): 1552-1559 ISSN: 1796-203X
doi: 10.4304/jcp.5.10.1552-1559

Computational Fluid Dynamics Coupled with Thermal Impact Model for Building Design

Sue Ellen Haupt1, 2, Robert F. Kunz1, 3, L. Joel Peltier1, 4, and James J. Dreyer1
1 The Pennsylvania State University/Applied Research Laboratory, State College, PA, USA
2 The Pennsylvania State University/Meteorology Department, University Park, PA, USA
3 The Pennsylvania State University/Aerospace Engineering Department, University Park, PA, USA
4 Bechtel Corporation, Frederick, MD, USA (current affiliation)


Abstract—Thermal effects impact the flow around and within structures. This computational study assesses features that affect the heating and buoyancy, and thus, the resulting flow both internal and external to a building. Considerations include the importance of time of day, building materials, sky cover, etc. on the local thermal heating of a passive solar building. Such impacts are assessed using full thermal coupling between a building energy simulation model and a computational fluid dynamics model, including the effects of thermal radiation, conduction, and convection to analyze the impact of all natural heating, cooling, and flow mechanisms for both the interior and exterior. Unique features such as Trombe walls add to heat transfer mechanisms. Analysis is made for three separate seasonal conditions.

Index Terms—Building Energy Simulation, Building Design, Thermal Modeling, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Trombe Walls

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Cite: Sue Ellen Haupt, Robert F. Kunz, L. Joel Peltier, and James J. Dreyer, " Computational Fluid Dynamics Coupled with Thermal Impact Model for Building Design," Journal of Computers vol. 5, no. 10, pp. 1552-1559, 2010.

General Information

ISSN: 1796-203X
Abbreviated Title: J.Comput.
Frequency: Monthly
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Liansheng Tan
Executive Editor: Ms. Nina Lee
Abstracting/ Indexing: DBLP, EBSCO,  ProQuest, INSPEC, ULRICH's Periodicals Directory, WorldCat, CNKI,etc
E-mail: jcp@iap.org
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