A comparison of a range of models for dispersion in a partially stratified room

Health and Safety Laboratory, Harpur Hill, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 9JN, UK; The QUESTOR Centre and The School of Computer Science, The Queen's University of Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN, UK; Direction des Risques Accidentels, INERIS, BP 2, 60550 Verneuil-en-Halatte, France
Environmental Modelling & Software 01/2008; DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2007.07.003
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ABSTRACT A comparative study of models used to predict contaminant dispersion in a partially stratified room is presented. The experiments were carried out in a ventilated test room, with an initially evenly dispersed pollutant. Air was extracted from the outlet in the ceiling of the room at 1 and 3 air changes per hour. A small temperature difference between the top and bottom of the room causes very low air velocities, and higher concentrations, in the lower half of the room. Grid-independent CFD calculations were compared with predictions from a zonal model and from CFD using a very coarse grid. All the calculations show broadly similar contaminant concentration decay rates for the three locations monitored in the experiments, with the zonal model performing surprisingly well. For the lower air change rate, the models predict a less well mixed contaminant distribution than the experimental measurements suggest. With run times of less than a few minutes, the zonal model is around two orders of magnitude faster than coarse-grid CFD and could therefore be used more easily in parametric studies and sensitivity analyses. For a more detailed picture of internal dispersion, a CFD study using coarse and standard grids may be more appropriate.

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