Investigation of design parameters for an air supply device based on wall confluent jets
2015 (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Numerical predictions of the flow field generated by an air supply device based on wall confluent jets are investigated. The numerical predictions of three turbulence models (RNG 𝑘 − 𝜀, Re 𝑘 − 𝜀, and SST 𝑘 − 𝜔) are compared by velocity and temperature measurements. Ventilation performance in terms of thermal comfort and ventilation efficiency is numerically investigated by systematically varying the design of the air supply (nozzle array configuration, nozzle diameter, number of nozzles, and inlet discharge height). The numerical predictions accomplished by the SST 𝑘 − 𝜔 model provide the best agreement with the experimental results. The numerical predictions for supply devices of varying design configuration show that different device designs provide acceptable thermal environments and efficient heat removal. The nozzle diameter and number of nozzles play important roles in determining the airflow pattern, temperature field, and draught distribution. Increased temperature stratification and less draught distribution are achieved by increasing the nozzle diameter and number of nozzles. The spreading rates of the wall jet along the vertical direction for the cases studied are in close agreement with each other and independent of the studied parameters. The flow behavior is rarely independent of the inlet discharge height and configuration of the nozzle array for the studied range.
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Wall confluent jets supply device, Numerical predictions, Parametric studies, Ventilation performance, Ventilation efficiency, Thermal comfort
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-117437OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-117437DiVA: diva2:808159