Optimization of air curtain performance by particle image velocimetry measurements and computational fluid dynamics simulations: turbulence model validation

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Abstract

Air curtains can be applied to aerodynamically separate two environments. Air curtains are plane impinging jets at high-Reynolds numbers, preventing the transfer of heat and mass from one environment to another. The performance of an air curtain is called the separation efficiency, which depends on a wide range of jet and environmental parameters, such as jet velocity and turbulence intensity, jet thickness, air temperature differences and pressure differences over the air curtain. This study presents the first results of ongoing research on the optimization of air curtain performance. The first results consist of reduced-scale experiments in a water channel using Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV), and of steady Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations. The PIV measurements are used to validate the CFD model. Comparison of the experimental results with the results obtained with steady RANS CFD simulations in combination with three different turbulence models showed a fairly accurate agreement.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Healthy Buildings 2015 Europe, 18-20 May 2015, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Place of PublicationEindhoven
PublisherISIAQ
Pages116
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventHealthy Buildings Europe 2015, HB 2015 - Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 18 May 201520 May 2015
http://hb2015-europe.org/

Conference

ConferenceHealthy Buildings Europe 2015, HB 2015
Abbreviated titleHB 2015 Europe
CountryNetherlands
CityEindhoven
Period18/05/1520/05/15
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