• CFD and Wind Tunnel Study of the Performance of a Multi-Directional Wind Tower with Heat Transfer Devices

      Calautit, John Kaiser; Hughes, Ben; O'Connor, Dominic; Shahzad, Sally; University of Sheffield; University of Derby (2015)
      The aim of this work was to investigate the performance of a multi-directional wind tower integrated with heat transfer devices (HTD) using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and wind tunnel analysis. An experimental scale model was created using 3D printing. The scale model was tested in a closed-loop wind tunnel to validate the CFD data. Numerical results of the supply airflow were compared with experimental data. Good agreement was observed between both methods of analysis. Smoke visualisation test was conducted to analyse the air flow pattern in the test room attached underneath it. Results have indicated that the achieved indoor air speed was reduced by up to 17% following the integration of the cylindrical HTD. The effect of varying the number of HTD on the system's thermal performance were investigated. The work highlighted the potential of integrating HTD into wind towers in reducing the air temperature. The technology presented here is subject to a UK patent application (PCT/GB2014/052263).
    • Computational and Wind Tunnel Study of the Performance of a Multi-Directional Wind Tower with Heat Transfer Devices. International Conference on Applied Energy

      Calautit, John Kaiser; O'Connor, Dominic; Hughes, Ben; Shahzad, Sally; University of Sheffield; University of Derby (2015)
      The aim of this work was to investigate the performance of a multi-directional wind tower integrated with heat transfer devices (HTD) using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and wind tunnel analysis. An experimental scale model was created using 3D printing. The scale model was tested in a closed-loop wind tunnel to validate the CFD data. Numerical results of the supply airflow were compared with experimental data. Good agreement was observed between both methods of analysis. Smoke visualisation test was conducted to analyse the air flow pattern in the test room attached underneath it. Results have indicated that the achieved indoor air speed was reduced by up to 17% following the integration of the cylindrical HTD. The effect of varying the number of HTD on the system's thermal performance were investigated. The work highlighted the potential of integrating HTD into wind towers in reducing the air temperature. The technology presented here is subject to a UK patent application (PCT/GB2014/052263).
    • Performance Investigation of a Commercial Wind Catcher with Horizontally-arranged Heat Transfer Devices (HHTD). 

      Calautit, John Kaiser; O'Connor, Dominic; Hughes, Ben; Shahzad, Sally; University of Sheffield; University of Derby (2015)
      The aim of this study was to conduct numerical Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and experimental analysis of the performance of a wind catcher with Horizontally-arranged Heat Transfer Devices (HHTD) for hot climate conditions. A detailed experimental prototype was created using 3D printing and tested in a closed-loop low speed wind tunnel. An accurate geometrical representation of the wind tunnel test setup was recreated in the numerical modeling. The airflow supply velocity was measured and compared with the numerical data and good correlation was observed. Flow visualisation testing was conducted to analyse the airflow within the device and also inside the ventilated space. The results of the numerical analysis showed that the wind catcher with HHTD was capable of reducing the air temperature by up to 12 K within the micro-climate depending on the outdoor conditions. The technology presented here is subject to a UK patent application (1321709.6).