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CFD modeling of natural ventilation in a void connected to the living units of multi-storey housing for thermal comfort

Muhsin, Fakhriah and Mohammad Yusoff, Wardah Fatimah and Mohamed, Mohd Farid and Sapian, Abdul Razak (2017) CFD modeling of natural ventilation in a void connected to the living units of multi-storey housing for thermal comfort. Energy and Buildings, 144 (1). pp. 1-16. ISSN 0378-7788

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Abstract

The void has been widely used in the multi-storey housing to induce natural ventilation in the living units for health and thermal comfort purposes. This research investigates the provision of the void to enhance natural ventilation performance in the living units of multi-storey housing. Malaysian affordable multi-storey housing (MAMSH), which is located in Malaysian suburban areas have been selected. The methods employed by the research are field measurement and computer simulation using CFD software. This study revealed that the indoor air velocity (m/s) in the living units of the studied building did not achieve the required rate for thermal comfort. However, by enlarging its size to 50% of the living units, natural ventilation performance in the living units is increased by up to 50.88%. The appropriate configuration of void been recommended based on the findings and venturi effect principle. This research contributes to the development of knowledge in enhancing natural ventilation performance in buildings. The suggestions might help the building industries to provide better designs option to enhance natural ventilation performance in the living units of multi-storey housing by providing an appropriate configuration of the void, and in turn, a sustainable living environment can be established.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 3041/56811
Uncontrolled Keywords: Void; Air velocity; Multi-storey housing; Field measurement; Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD)
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design
Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design > Department of Building Technology & Engineering
Depositing User: Assoc. Prof. Ar. Dr. Abdul Razak Sapian
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2017 06:52
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2017 04:02
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/56811

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