Dynamic performance of displacement ventilation in a lecture hall

Natalia Lastovets, Kai Siren, Risto Kosonen, Juha Jokisalo, Simo Kilpeläinen

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An accurate temperature gradient calculation is essential for displacement ventilation (DV) system design, since it directly relates to the calculation of the required supply air flow rate. Inaccurate temperature prediction can cause the poor thermal comfort and wrong sizing of the ventilation and cooling systems. Several simplified nodal models were developed and implemented in the various building simulation software to estimate the temperature stratification in rooms with DV. Recent studies reveal that the multi-nodal models provide the most accurate temperature gradient prediction. However, the majority of dynamic calculation methods assumes either complete mixing of zone air or linearised temperature gradient. The present study introduces the dynamic temperature gradient model for DV and investigates the effect of thermal mass on the temperature stratification. The model was validated with the experimental results of a lecture room with displacement ventilation. The room air temperature measurements were conducted during three weeks at 20 different heights. The supply air temperature
and occupancy rate were recorded during each scheduled lecture. The developed dynamic nodal model is able to accurately calculate the air temperatures in occupied zone. The effect of the thermal mass and changing heat loads on the indoor air temperature stratification is analysed for the lecture room with DV.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2019
MoE publication typeNot Eligible
EventAnnual AIVC Conference - Ghent, Belgium
Duration: 15 Oct 201916 Oct 2019
Conference number: 40


ConferenceAnnual AIVC Conference
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  • Displacement ventilation
  • RC-model
  • building simulation
  • thermal mass
  • thermal comfort

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