chapter  8
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Computational fluid dynamics in room air flow analysis

Taking U,V andW to be the velocity components in the x, y and z directions respectively, ρ the fluid density and t the time, then the rate of increase in the density ρ within the control volume dx dy dz equals the net rate of influx of mass to the control volume, namely:


∂t + ∂ ∂x

(ρU)+ ∂ ∂y

(ρV)+ ∂ ∂z (ρW) = 0 (8.1)

If a turbulent flow is considered (as is the case in most room flow problems) and the velocities in equation (8.1) are replaced by the sum of a time-mean component and a fluctuating component, i.e.:

U = u+ u′ V = v + v′ W = w +w′

the mass conservation equation becomes:


∂t + ∂ ∂x

(ρu)+ ∂ ∂y

(ρv)+ ∂ ∂z (ρw) = 0 (8.2)

In arriving at this equation it has been assumed that the fluctuations in u′, v′ and w′ occur over a much shorter time interval than ∂t so that u ≈ U, v ≈ V and w ≈ W during this time interval. The density in equation (8.2) or the transport equations given in the succeeding sections may be represented by an equation of state, i.e. ρ = f (p,T).