A benchmark test for the isothermal backward-facing step flow

Chen Zhang, Peter V. Nielsen, Laura A. Bugenings, Markus Schaffer, Rasmus Lund Jensen

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Abstract

CFD is one of the most important approaches for predicting and evaluating the airflow in the indoor environment. Although there has been a continuous improvement of computer performance and CFD technology in the past few decades, the uncertainty in CFD prediction remains high due to the user dependency on building meshes, selecting turbulence models, defining boundary conditions, and choosing numerical schemes. Benchmark tests are therefore an important approach to validate the CFD models and guide the selection of proper turbulence models under different flow regimes. This study aims to perform a benchmark test for the isothermal backward-facing step flow under different flow regimes. The benchmark test is conducted in a small-scale model and LDA is employed to identify airflow patterns. The benchmark results indicate that the SST k-ω model could be a good option to predict low turbulent flow while the Realizable k-ε and RSM models can be used for fully developed turbulent flow.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe 16th Conference of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality & Climate
PublisherInternational Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate
Publication dateNov 2020
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020
EventIndoor Air 2020: The 16th Conference of the International Society of Indoor Air, Quality & Climate - Virtual, Soul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 1 Nov 20205 Nov 2020
http://www.indoorair2020.org/

Conference

ConferenceIndoor Air 2020
LocationVirtual
CountryKorea, Republic of
CitySoul
Period01/11/202005/11/2020
Internet address

Keywords

  • Benchmark test
  • Laser Doppler anemometry
  • Airflow pattern
  • CFD

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