Model Experiments with Low Reynolds Number Effects in a Ventilated Room

Peter V. Nielsen, Claus Filholm, Claus Topp, Lars Davidson

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The flow in a ventilated room will not always be a fully developed turbulent flow . Reduced air change rates owing to energy considerations and the application of natural ventilation with openings in the outer wall will give room air movements with low turbulence effects. This paper discusses the isothermal low Reynolds number flow from a slot inlet in the end wall of the room. The experiments are made on the scale of 1 to 5. Measurements indicate a low Reynolds number effect in the wall jet flow. The virtual origin of the wall jet moves forward in front of the opening at a small Reynolds number, an effect that is also known from measurements on free jets. The growth rate of the jet, or the length scale, increases and the velocity decay factor decreases at small Reynolds numbers.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAalborg
PublisherDept. of Building Technology and Structural Engineering, Aalborg University
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2000
SeriesIndoor Environmental Engineering

Bibliographical note

Proceedings of ROOMVENT 2000, 7th International Conference on Air Distribution in Rooms, Reading, UK, July 9-12, 2000, Vol. 1, pp. 185-190

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  • Ventilation
  • Low Reynolds Number Effects
  • Ventilated Room
  • Room Air Flow
  • Plane Isothermal Wall Jet


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