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Numerical investigation of ventilation performance of different air supply devices in an office environment
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Energy Systems. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Department of Building, Energy and Environmental Engineering, University of Gävle, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Department of Building, Energy and Environmental Engineering, University of Gävle, Sweden.
Department of Building, Energy and Environmental Engineering, University of Gävle, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Energy Systems. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Department of Building, Energy and Environmental Engineering, University of Gävle, Sweden.
2015 (English)In: Building and Environment, ISSN 0360-1323, E-ISSN 1873-684X, Vol. 90, p. 37-50Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Abstract The aim of this study was to compare ventilation performance of four different air supply devices in an office environment with respect to thermal comfort, ventilation efficiency and energy-saving potential, by performing numerical simulations. The devices have the acronyms: Mixing supply device (MSD), Wall confluent jets supply device (WCJSD), Impinging jet supply device (IJSD) and Displacement supply device (DSD). Comparisons were made under identical set-up conditions, as well as at the same occupied zone temperature of about 24.2 °C achieved by adding different heat loads and using different air-flow rates. Energy-saving potential was addressed based on the air-flow rate and the related fan power required for obtaining a similar occupied zone temperature for each device. Results showed that the WCJSD and IJSD could provide an acceptable thermal environment while removing excess heat more efficiently than the MSD, as it combined the positive effects of both mixing and stratification principles. This benefit also meant that this devices required less fan power than the MSD for obtaining equivalent occupant zone temperature. The DSD showed a superior performance on heat removal, air exchange efficiency and energy saving to all other devices, but it had difficulties in providing acceptable vertical temperature gradient between the ankle and neck levels for a standing person.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2015. Vol. 90, p. 37-50
Keywords [en]
Ventilation performance, Air supply devices, Thermal comfort, Energy-saving potential
National Category
Energy Engineering
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-117439DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2015.03.021ISI: 000356189000004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-117439DiVA, id: diva2:808167
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Formas [242-2008-835]; KK Foundation [2007/0289]; University of Gavle (Gavle, Sweden); Linkoping University (Linkoping, Sweden)

Available from: 2015-04-27 Created: 2015-04-27 Last updated: 2018-07-26Bibliographically approved
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1. A Ventilation Strategy Based on Confluent Jets: An Experimental and Numerical Study
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Ventilation Strategy Based on Confluent Jets: An Experimental and Numerical Study
2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This study presents air distribution systems that are based on confluent jets; this system can be of interest for the establishment of indoor environments, to fulfill the goals of indoor climate and energy-efficient usage. The main objective of this study is to provide deeper understanding of the flow field development of a supply device that is designed based on wall confluent jets and to investigate the ventilation performance by experimental and numerical methods. In this study, the supply device can be described as an array of round jets on a flat surface attached to a side wall. Multiple round jets that issue from supply device apertures are combined at a certain distance downstream from the device and behave as a united jet or so-called confluent jets. Multiple round jets that are generated from the supply device move downward and are attached to the wall at the primary region, due to the Coanda effect, and then they become wall confluent jets until the floor wall is reached. A wall jet in a secondary region is formed along the floor after the stagnation region.

The characteristics of the flow field and the ventilation performance of conventional wall confluent jets and modified wall confluent jets supply devices are investigated experimentally in an office test room. The study of the modified wall confluent jets is intended to improve the efficiency of the conventional one while maintaining acceptable thermal comfort in an office environment. The results show that the modified wall confluent jets supply device can provide acceptable thermal comfort for the occupant with lower airflow rate compared to the conventional wall confluent jets supply device.

Numerical predictions using three turbulence models (renormalization group (RNG k– ε), realizable (Re k– ε), and shear stress transport (SST k– ω) are evaluated by measurement results. The computational box and nozzle plate models are used to model the inlet boundary conditions of the nozzle device. In the isothermal study, the wall confluent jets in the primary region and the wall jet in the secondary region, when predicted by the three turbulence models, are in good agreement with the measurements. The non-isothermal validation studies show that the SST k– ω model is slightly better at predicting the wall confluent jets than the other two models. The SST k– ω model is used to investigate the effects of the nozzle diameter, number of nozzles, nozzle array configuration, and inlet discharge height on the ventilation performance of the proposed wall confluent jets supply device. 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 supply device with smaller nozzle diameters and fewer nozzles yields rather uniform temperature distribution due to the dominant effect of mixing. The flow behavior is nearly independent of the inlet discharge height for the studied range.

The proposed wall confluent jets supply device is compared with a mixing supply device, impinging supply device and displacement supply device. The results show that the proposed wall confluent jets supply device has the combined behavior of both mixing and stratification principles. The proposed wall confluent jets supply device provides better overall ventilation performance than the mixing and displacement supply devices used in this study.

This study covers also another application of confluent jets that is based on impinging technology. The supply device under consideration has an array of round jets on a curve. Multiple jets issue from the supply device aperture, in which the supply device is positioned vertically and the jets are directed against a target wall. The flow behavior and ventilation performance of the impinging confluent jets supply device is studied experimentally in an industrial premise. The results show that the impinging confluent jets supply device maintains acceptable thermal comfort in the occupied zone by creating well-distributed airflow during cold and hot seasons.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2015. p. 78
Series
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 1671
Keywords
Multiple interacting jets, round jets, confluent jets, wall jet, ventilation strategy, air distribution system, air supply device, ventilation performance, thermal comfort, energy-saving potential, measurement, numerical predictions, RANS turbulence models, renormalization group (RNG k– ε), realizable (Re k– ε), and shear stress transport (SST k– ω)
National Category
Mechanical Engineering Energy Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-117442 (URN)10.3384/diss-diva-117442 (DOI)978-91-7519-063-1 (ISBN)
Public defence
2015-05-29, ACAS, Hus A, Campus Valla, Linköping, 10:15 (English)
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Available from: 2015-04-27 Created: 2015-04-27 Last updated: 2015-05-13Bibliographically approved
2. On the performance of stratified ventilation
Open this publication in new window or tab >>On the performance of stratified ventilation
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

People nowadays spend most of their time indoors, for example in their homes, cars, in trains, at work, etc. In Sweden, the energy demand in the built environment is a growing issue. The building sector accounts for 40% of total energy use and 15% of total CO2 emissions, and around one-third of the energy use in the world is related to providing a healthy and good comfort indoors. To achieve acceptable indoor climates new designs for the ventilation systems have been proposed in recent decades, among them stratified ventilation systems.

Stratified ventilation is a concept that often allows good performance for both indoor air quality and thermal comfort. Stratified ventilation systems are effective in reducing cross contamination, since there is virtually no mixing in the space; the temperature and the pollutant concentration increase linearly from the heat source with the height of the occupied zone. There are many different ventilation supply devices using the stratified principle, such as displacement supply device (DSD), impinging jet supply device (IJSD) and wall confluent jet supply device (WCJSD).

The main aim of this thesis is to analyze and compare different supply devices based on stratified ventilation, with different setups, related to thermal indoor climate, energy efficiency and ventilation efficiency. The ultimate goal is to contribute to an increased understanding of how ventilation systems with stratified supply devices perform.

Two scientific methods have mainly been used in this thesis, i.e., experimental and numerical investigations. For numerical experiments the CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) code ANSYS and FIDAP have been used. Experimental studies have been performed with thermocouples, Hot-Wire Anemometry (HWA) and Hot-Sphere Anemometry, thermal comfort measurement equipment and tracer gas measurement equipment.

This thesis mainly focuses on three research questions: Interaction between a supply device based on stratified ventilation and downdraft from windows; Flow behavior, energy performance and air change effectiveness for different supply devices based on stratified ventilation; and Thermal comfort for different supply devices based on stratified ventilation.

Research question one showed that the arrangement of displacement supply device and window in cold climate has significant effect on the flow pattern below the window. Different supply airflow rates have an effect on both the velocity and the temperature of the downdraft. In this case the velocity decreased by approximately 9.5% and the temperature in the downdraft decreased 0.5°C when the flowrate from the supply device increased from 10 to 15 l/s.

Research question two showed that airflow patterns between different air supply systems were essentially related to characteristics of air supply devices, such as the type, configuration and position, as well as air supply velocities and momentum. For WCJSD, IJSD and DSD, positions of heat sources (such as occupant, computers, lights and external heat sources) played an important role in formation of the room airflow pattern. One interesting observation is that the temperature in the occupied zone is lower and a more stratified temperature field implies a more efficient heat removal by a stratified air supply device. The results revealed that the lowest temperature in the occupied zone was achieved for DSD, but with IJSD and WCJSD slightly warmer, while the system with a mixing supply device (MSD) showed a much higher temperature. The results confirm that air change effectiveness (ACE) for the DSD, WCJSD and IJSD is close to each other. However, MSD shows lower ACE in all the present papers than IJSD, WCJSD and DSD.

Research question three showed that ventilation systems with stratified supply devices in almost all of the studied cases showed an acceptable level for predicted percentage dissatisfied (PPD), predicted mean vote (PMV) and percentage dissatisfied due to draft (DR). If comparing ventilation systems, using IJSD, WCJSD or DSD with MSD always showed thermal comfort better or at the same level.

Abstract [sv]

Människor spenderar en stor del av sin tid inomhus, exempelvis i sina bostäder och bilar, på tåg och på arbetet. Sveriges energibehov i den byggda miljön har en växande trend. Byggnadssektorn står för 40 % av det totala energibehovet och för 15 % av CO2 utsläppet och för cirka en tredjedel av energianvändningen i världen för att tillhandahålla en hälsosam och bra inomhusmiljö. För att skapa en bra inomhusmiljö har nya sätt att ventilera inomhusmiljön utvecklats under de senaste årtiondena. De olika principer som används för att ventilera en byggnad kan indelas i: kolvströmning, omblandande strömning och deplacerande strömning. De genererar rumsförhållanden som ger olika fördelning av hastighet, temperatur och föroreningar i det ventilerade utrymmet.

Stratifierad ventilation är ett koncept som ofta ger ett bra utfall av både inomhusluftkvalitet och termisk komfort. Stratifierade system är effektiva för att minska korskontaminering, eftersom det nästan inte finns någon omblandning i rummet, temperaturen och föroreningskoncentration ökar linjärt från värmekällan med höjden i vistelsezonen. Det finns många olika ventilationsdon som använder den stratifierade principen, såsom deplacerande ventilationsdon (DSD), impinging jet-ventilationsdon (IJSD) och väggbaserad confluent jet-ventilationsdon (WCJSD).

Huvudsyftet med denna avhandling är att analysera och jämföra olika tilluftsdon baserat på stratifierad princip i olika rumskonfigurationer med avseende på termiskt inomhusklimat, energieffektivitet och ventilationseffektivitet. Det yttersta målet är att bidra till ökad förståelse för hur ventilationssystem med olika stratifierade tilluftsdon fungerar.

Två vetenskapliga metoder har huvudsakligen använts i denna avhandling: experimentella och numeriska analyser. För numeriska analyser har CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) använts. De simuleringsprogram som utnyttjats för detta ändamål är ANSYS och FIDAP. Experimenten har utförts med hjälp av termoelement, varmtråds- och varmsfärsteknik, mätutrustning för termisk komfort och mätutrustning för spårgas.

Denna avhandling fokuserar framför allt på tre forskningsfrågor: interaktion mellan ett tilluftsflöde från ett deplacerande don och kallraset från ett fönster; strömningsbilden, energiprestandan och luftbyteseffektiviteten för olika tilluftsdon baserat på stratifierad ventilation; och termisk komfort för olika tilluftsdon baserade på stratifierad ventilation.

Forskningsfråga ett visade att kombinationen av tilluftsflöde genom ett deplacerande don och fönster i kallt klimat har tydlig effekt på strömningsbilden för kallraset under fönstret. Olika tilluftsflöden har en effekt på både hastigheten och temperaturen i kallraset. I detta fall minskade hastigheten med ca 9,5% och temperaturen i kallraset minskade med 0,5°C när flödeshastigheten från tilluftsdonet ökade från 10 till 15 l/s.

Forskningsfråga två visade att luftflödesmönstren mellan olika luftförsörjningssystem väsentligen var relaterade till egenskaper hos tilluftsdonen, såsom typ, konfiguration och position samt lufttillförselhastigheter och impulskraft. För WCJSD, IJSD och DSD spelade värmekällans placering, d.v.s. människor, datorer, belysning och externa värmekällor, en viktig roll vid utformningen av rummets luftflödesmönster. En intressant observation är att temperaturen i vistelsezonen är lägre och rummet har ett mer stratifierat temperaturfält, vilket innebär en effektivare ventilering av den zonen. Resultaten visade att den lägsta temperaturen i vistelsezonen uppnåddes för DSD medan IJSD och WCJSD visade en något högre temperatur, systemet med ett omblandande don (MSD) visade en påtagligt högre temperatur. Resultaten bekräftar också att luftförändringseffektiviteten (ACE) för DSD, WCJSD och IJSD ligger nära varandra. MSD visar dock i alla ingående artiklar lägre ACE än IJSD, WCJSD och DSD.

Forskningsfråga tre visade att ventilationssystem med stratifierade tilluftsdon i nästan samtliga studerade fallen haren acceptabel nivå för predicted mean vote (PPD), predicted mean vote (PMV) och percentage dissatisfied due to draft (DR). Om man jämförde ventilationssystem IJSD, WCJSD eller DSD med MSD visade det sig alltid att den termiska komforten var bättre eller på samma nivå som för MSD.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2018. p. 87
Series
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 1948
National Category
Energy Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-149815 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-149815 (DOI)9789176852514 (ISBN)
Public defence
2018-09-14, ACAS, A-huset, Campus Valla, Linköping, 10:15 (English)
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Available from: 2018-07-26 Created: 2018-07-26 Last updated: 2018-08-20Bibliographically approved

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