Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
Architecture, Civil Engineering, Surveying
A numerical study has been carried out to predict the indoor air quality in a newly painted partitioned office and to assess the effect of ventilation rate and partition layout on the pre-ventilation time required to allow the contaminant concentration level to drop to an acceptable level. The air-flow pattern, the time history of the average contaminant concentration level in the occupied zone, and the pre-ventilation time were computed by a CFD code with a K-ε turbulence model.A displacement ventilation system, with different operating conditions, was used to remove contaminants in the office. The VB emission model, developed by Guo and Tichenor (1992), has been improved to include the influence of non-uniform concentration distribution on contaminant emission rate from the paints. The average contaminant (VOC) concentration levels in the occupied zone and in each chamber were recorded hourly until the average concentrations in the office were less then 0.0005 g/m3.It has been found that the non-uniform concentration distri- bution greatly influences the decay rate of VOC emissions. The time required for the average concentration in each chamber to reach the threshold level is different, since they are non-uniform. The time differences between the chambers having the highest and lowest concentrations were 3 to 8 hours. The results also show that the time required to reduce the concentration in the occupied zone to the threshold level is dependent on the partition layout. For the same ventilation rate, the required time is approximately 4-8 hours longer when using a side layout than when using a central layout.
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