Performance of coupled building energy and CFD simulations

Zhiqiang John Zhai, Qingyan Yan Chen

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Abstract

The integration of building energy simulation (ES) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) programs can provide more accurate prediction of building energy use and indoor environment due to the complementary information provided by the two programs. This paper outlines briefly a coupled energy simulation and computational fluid dynamics program with different coupling methods and validates the coupled program by using four sets of experimental data from literature. The comparison of the simulated results with the experimental/empirical data reveals the advantages of the integrated building simulation over the separated energy simulation and computational-fluid-dynamics applications. The program was then used to calculate the cooling load of a large-scale indoor auto-racing complex.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-344
Number of pages12
JournalEnergy and Buildings
Volume37
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2005

Keywords

  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Energy simulation
  • Integrated building simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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