CFD and wind tunnel study of the performance of a multi-directional wind tower with heat transfer devices

Calautit, John Kaiser and Hughes, Ben Richard and O'Connor, Dominic and Shahzad, Sally Salome (2015) CFD and wind tunnel study of the performance of a multi-directional wind tower with heat transfer devices. Energy Procedia, 75. pp. 1692-1697. ISSN 1876-6102

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    Abstract

    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).