Ceiling fans provide cooling to indoor occupants and improve their thermal comfort in warm environments at very low energy consumption. Understanding indoor air distribution associated with ceiling fans helps designs when ceiling fans are used. In this study, we systematically investigate the air movement distribution in an unoccupied office room installed with a ceiling fan, as influenced by (1) fan rotational speed, (2) fan blade geometry, (3) ceiling-to-fan depth, and (4) ceiling height. We both measured and simulated air speeds at four heights in the occupied zone according to ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 55 (2013) for seated and standing occupants. CFD predictions were validated by experimental results. In general, numerical results show that for an unoccupied space, the fan blade geometry, ceiling-to-fan depth, and ceiling height only influence air speed profiles within a cylindrical zone directly under a ceiling fan whose diameter is identical to that of the ceiling fan. However, the average speeds within the cylindrical zone at each height are very similar (<10% in difference) for the different blade shapes studied, indicating a minor influence of blade geometries on occupants' perception of the thermal environment. The results also indicate that the velocity profile remains similar in the main jet zone (the tapered high-velocity zone under the fan blade) for various rotational speeds. The jet impingement on the floor creates radial airflow at the ankle level (0.1 m) across the room, which is not the most effective airflow distribution for cooling occupants.
Building and Environment – Elsevier
Published: Feb 15, 2018
It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.
Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.
All for just $49/month
Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly
Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.
Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.
Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.
All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.
“Hi guys, I cannot tell you how much I love this resource. Incredible. I really believe you've hit the nail on the head with this site in regards to solving the research-purchase issue.”Daniel C.
“Whoa! It’s like Spotify but for academic articles.”@Phil_Robichaud
“I must say, @deepdyve is a fabulous solution to the independent researcher's problem of #access to #information.”@deepthiw
“My last article couldn't be possible without the platform @deepdyve that makes journal papers cheaper.”@JoseServera