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Natural ventilation in cities: the implications of fluid mechanics

Song, J, Fan, S, Lin, William, Mottet, L, Wooward, H, Davies Wykes, M, Arcucci, R, Xiao, D, Debay, J, ApSimon, H , Aristodemou, E, Birch, David, Carpentieri, Matteo, Fan, F, Herzog, M, Hunt, G, Jones, R, Pain, C, Pavlidis, D, Robins, Alan, Short, C and Linden, P (2018) Natural ventilation in cities: the implications of fluid mechanics Building Research & Information, 46 (8). pp. 809-828.

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Research under the Managing Air for Green Inner Cities (MAGIC) project uses measurements and modelling to investigate the connections between external and internal conditions: the impact of urban airflow on the natural ventilation of a building. The test site was chosen so that under different environmental conditions the levels of external pollutants entering the building, from either a polluted road or a relatively clean courtyard, would be significantly different. Measurements included temperature, relative humidity, local wind and solar radiation, together with levels of carbon monoxide (CO) and carbon dioxide (CO2) both inside and outside the building to assess the indoor–outdoor exchange flows. Building ventilation took place through windows on two sides, allowing for single-sided and crosswind-driven ventilation, and also stack-driven ventilation in low wind conditions. The external flow around the test site was modelled in an urban boundary layer in a wind tunnel. The wind tunnel results were incorporated in a large-eddy-simulation model, Fluidity, and the results compared with monitoring data taken both within the building and from the surrounding area. In particular, the effects of street layout and associated street canyons, of roof geometry and the wakes of nearby tall buildings were examined.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering Sciences
Authors :
Song, J
Fan, S
Mottet, L
Wooward, H
Davies Wykes, M
Arcucci, R
Xiao, D
Debay, J
ApSimon, H
Aristodemou, E
Fan, F
Herzog, M
Hunt, G
Jones, R
Pain, C
Pavlidis, D
Short, C
Linden, P
Date : 28 June 2018
Funders : Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
DOI : 10.1080/09613218.2018.1468158
Grant Title : Managing Air for Green Inner Cities (MAGIC)
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Building Research & Information on 28 June 2018, available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords : air pollutants, air quality, buildings, dispersion, microclimates, modelling, natural ventilation, urban design
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 09 May 2018 11:45
Last Modified : 28 Jun 2019 02:09

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