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Thermal comfort and indoor air quality analysis of a low-energy cooling windcatcher

Calautit, John Kaiser; Aquino, Angelo I.; Shahzad, Sally; Nasir, Diana S.N.M.; Hughes, Ben Richard


Angelo I. Aquino

Sally Shahzad

Diana S.N.M. Nasir

Ben Richard Hughes


The aim of this work was to investigate the performance of a roof-mounted cooling windcatcher integrated with heat pipes using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and field test analysis. The windcatcher model was incorporated to a 5m x 5m x3 m test room model. The study employed the CFD code FLUENT 15 with the standard k-? model to conduct the steady-state RANS simulation. The numerical model provided detailed analysis of the airflow and temperature distribution inside the test room. The CO2 concentration analysis showed that the system was capable of delivering fresh air inside the space and lowering the CO2 levels. The thermal comfort was calculated using the Predicted Mean Vote (PMV) method. The PMV values ranged between +0.48 to +0.99 and the average was +0.85 (slightly warm). Field test measurements were carried out in the Ras-Al-Khaimah (RAK), UAE during the month of September. Numerical model was validated using experimental data and good agreement was observed between both methods of analysis.


Calautit, J. K., Aquino, A. I., Shahzad, S., Nasir, D. S., & Hughes, B. R. (2017). Thermal comfort and indoor air quality analysis of a low-energy cooling windcatcher. Energy Procedia, 105,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 27, 2017
Online Publication Date Jun 1, 2017
Publication Date May 31, 2017
Deposit Date Aug 16, 2017
Publicly Available Date Aug 16, 2017
Journal Energy Procedia
Print ISSN 1876-6102
Electronic ISSN 1876-6102
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 105
Keywords Built Environment; Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD); Cooling; Energy; Natural Ventilation
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Additional Information 8th International Conference on Applied Energy, ICAE2016, 8-11 October 2016, Beijing, China


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