SIMULATION OF RADIANT AND CONDUCTIVE STRATEGIES APPLIED TO TASK / AMBIENT CONDITIONING
This research explores the application of radiant & conductive strategies to Task / Ambient Conditioning (TAC) approaches with an experimental and simulation setup for analysis of the same – in terms of costs (first and operational), comfort, energy consumption (not particularly in the stated order); and how it compares to conventional, convection-driven HVAC strategies in use today. The paper will present the methodology used in the analysis of such hybrid / composite systems – with regards to the experimental and simulation setup. To conclude, this paper will present a comparative analysis of Task / Ambient Conditioning approaches (driven by radiation and conduction) and conventional HVAC, in terms of comfort – in the specific context of an office setting, for space cooling. The tool used for this research is the commercial Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software developed by Flomerics Inc.; Flovent™ Version 4.1 was used for this study. The principal applications for which this software was developed; were the analysis of flow and heat transfer within buildings and to provide a means to predict thermal comfort.
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