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RESEARCH PAPERS

Analysis and Measurements of Interzonal Natural Convection Heat Transfer in Buildings

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D. Hill, A. Kirkpatrick, P. Burns

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523

J. Sol. Energy Eng 108(3), 178-184 (Aug 01, 1986) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3268090 History: Received May 01, 1985; Online November 11, 2009

Abstract

Natural convection heat transfer through doorways can be an important process by which thermal energy is transferred from one zone to another zone of a building. The topic of this paper is interzonal natural convection in a two zone and a three zone multilevel full scale building. Aperture velocity and temperature distributions are measured and the experimental interzonal mass flow rate and heat transfer are determined. A Bernoulli model is derived to predict the neutral heights, velocity profiles, and interzonal heat transfer. The measured and predicted interzonal flow rate and heat transfer are compared and found to be in good agreement.

Copyright © 1986 by ASME
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