ICCM2015: A Comparison of RANS and les Computational Methods in Analyzing Ventilation Flow Through a Room Fitted with a Two-Sided Windcatcher

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International Journal of Computational Methods, 2017, 14 (3)
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2017-06-01
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© 2017 World Scientific Publishing Company. A windcatcher is a structure for providing natural ventilation using wind power; it is usually fitted on the roof of a building to exhaust the inside stale air to the outside and supplies the outside fresh air into the building interior space working by pressure difference between outside and inside of the building. In this paper, the behavior of free wind flow through a three-dimensional room fitted with a centered position two-canal bottom shape windcatcher model is investigated numerically, using a commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software package and LES (Large Eddy Simulation) CFD method. The results have been compared with the obtained results for the same model but using RANS (Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes) CFD method. The model with its surrounded space has been considered in both method. It is found that the achieved results for the model from LES method are in good agreement with RANS method's results for the same model.
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