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dc.contributor.authorHajdukiewicz, Magdalena
dc.contributor.authorGeron, Marco
dc.contributor.authorKeane, Marcus M.
dc.identifier.citationHajdukiewicz, Magdalena, Geron, Marco, & Keane, Marcus M. (2013). Formal calibration methodology for CFD models of naturally ventilated indoor environments. Building and Environment, 59, 290-302. doi:
dc.description.abstractWell planned natural ventilation strategies and systems in the built environments may provide healthy and comfortable indoor conditions, while contributing to a significant reduction in the energy consumed by buildings. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is particularly suited for modelling indoor conditions in naturally ventilated spaces, which are difficult to predict using other types of building simulation tools. Hence, accurate and reliable CFD models of naturally ventilated indoor spaces are necessary to support the effective design and operation of indoor environments in buildings. This paper presents a formal calibration methodology for the development of CFD models of naturally ventilated indoor environments. The methodology explains how to qualitatively and quantitatively verify and validate CFD models, including parametric analysis utilising the response surface technique to support a robust calibration process. The proposed methodology is demonstrated on a naturally ventilated study zone in the library building at the National University of Ireland in Galway. The calibration process is supported by the on-site measurements performed in a normally operating building. The measurement of outdoor weather data provided boundary conditions for the CFD model, while a network of wireless sensors supplied air speeds and air temperatures inside the room for the model calibration. The concepts and techniques developed here will enhance the process of achieving reliable CFD models that represent indoor spaces and provide new and valuable information for estimating the effect of the boundary conditions on the CFD model results in indoor environments.en_IE
dc.description.sponsorshipThe authors thank Higher Education Authority for the financial support of this research as part of the NEMBES project. The NEMBES project allows for collaboration between the following institutions: Cork Institute of Technology, University College Cork, National University of Ireland Galway, Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin. The authors would also like to acknowledge the support of Science Foundation Ireland in funding the National Access Program at the Tyndall National Institute and Enterprise Ireland, which have funded aspects of this work.en_IE
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dc.subjectIndoor environmenten_IE
dc.subjectNatural ventilationen_IE
dc.subjectParametric analysisen_IE
dc.titleFormal calibration methodology for CFD models of naturally ventilated indoor environmentsen_IE
dc.local.contactMagdalena Hajdukiewicz, Civil Engineering Eng 1023, Engineering Building, College Of Eng & Informatics, Nui Galway. Email:

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