Building simulation - design tool or gimmick


The use of dynamic thermal modelling ( DTM ) and computational fluid dynamics ( CFD ) in building design is briefly introduced and illustrated using several examples. DTM simulates the dynamic thermal conditions between a building and its environment, facilitating the design of heating and cooling systems. CFD provides detailed analysis of air flow and temperature distributions in specific rooms or spaces, and may be used for studies of temperature control, ventilation and dust and smoke extraction. Lighting simulation at the design stage, and people flow modelling in and around buildings are also briefly discussed.

Primary author(s): Stribling D

Source: Struct.Eng.

             Vol.81, No.3, 2003, p.20-21


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