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Proceedings of Building Simulation 2017: 15th Conference of IBPSA


Prediciting the Effects of Thermal Mass in it Suites using Computational Fluid Dynamics

Joshua Tolley1, Malcolm Cook1
1Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom

Abstract: Previous research has been conducted in relation to building thermal mass and ventilation strategies for IT suites using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). However, there is a dearth of literature associated with the physical modelling of thermal mass using CFD software. This paper fills this gap in research, using CFD to predict the ventilation performance and thermal comfort effects of using thermal mass in IT suites. Simulations were run using the CFD software package PHOENICS. The application of thermal mass to the IT suite has shown a significant reduction in the indoor temperature of up to 4.9°C (17%). The results of this study provide potential cost saving implications and improvements in optimising occupant thermal comfort.
Pages: 1257 - 1265