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Deng, X., Cooper, P., Ma, Z. & Kokogiannakis, G. (2017). Numerical analysis of indoor thermal comfort in a cross-ventilated space with top-hung windows. Energy Procedia, 121 222-229.


Natural ventilation can be used in residential buildings in several Australian climatic zones and well-designed windows have the potential to facilitate indoor thermal comfort by allowing occupants to control volumetric outdoor airflow and indoor air velocities. Top-hung window is one of the most popular window types in Australia. This paper investigates the effect of the attributes of top-hung windows (i.e. window length, aspect ratio, height above the ground, window opening angle and the fly screen porosity) and outdoor air conditions (i.e. outdoor air temperature, wind speed and direction) on indoor thermal comfort during cross ventilation using CFD simulations. The Taguchi method was used to design the simulation scenarios and analysis of variance was used to determine the most significant factors influencing thermal comfort optimisation so as to reduce the number of CFD simulation cases. For the range of parameters considered and a particular case study building, results show that outdoor air temperature, window height and window opening angle are the most important factors influencing indoor thermal comfort in this room. The optimal window configurations for indoor thermal comfort of the case study building are also identified using a signal-to-noise ratio analysis.



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