Comparison of different k-ε models for indoor air flow computations

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In this article, Jive k–ε, two–equation models are studied: the standard k–ε model, a low–Reynolds–number k–ε model, a two–layer k–ε model, a two–scale k–ε model, and a renormalization group (RNG) k–ε model. They are evaluated for their performance in predicting natural convection, forced convection, and mixed convection in rooms, as well as an impinging jet flow. Corresponding experimental data from the literature are used for validation. It is found that the prediction of the mean velocity is more accurate than that of the turbulent velocity. These models are neither able to predict anisotropic turbulence correctly nor to pick up the secondary recirculation of indoor air flow; otherwise the performance of the standard k–ε model is good. The RNG k–ε model is slightly better than the standard k–ε model and is therefore recommended for simulations of indoor airflow. The performance of the other models is not stable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-369
Number of pages17
JournalNumerical Heat Transfer, Part B: Fundamentals
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Numerical Analysis
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Computer Science Applications

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