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Description of numerical methods and application in building thermodynamics and heat transfer. Modelling complex heat transfer through building construction and for modelling air movement outside and inside the building. Numerical methods for fire simulations. Modeling and solving practical problems in different fields of building engineering.
Solid knowledge in physics, thermodynamics and mathematics.
Introduce the fundamentals of numerical methods used for the solution of engineering problems.
Improve the competences in modeling practical engineering problems in different fields of building engineering.
Improve the computer skills of the students.
Contents of Module
Part 1) Numerical methods in building thermodynamics and heat transfer
- Heat conduction in building elements - steady state conditions.
- Heat conduction in building elements - dynamic conditions:
- Analytical Solution
- Lumped Capacitance Method
- Numerical solutions (Finite Differences)
- Graphical solutions (Binder-Schmidt-Method)
- Models for the thermal balance of a room:
- Steady state model
- Non-steady state model
- Boundary conditions on external surfaces
- Introduction to OCTAVE software, application on test cases in fields of building engineering.
- Introduction to commercial building simulation software, application on test cases in fields of building engineering.
Part 2) Numerical methods for modelling complex heat transfer
- through building construction
- air movement outside and inside the building
- use of Ansys CFX / Ansys Fluent / OpenFOAM
Part 3) Numerical methods for fire simulations
Teaching and Learning Methods
- 3 lecture periods per week, with integrated exercise sessions.
- Teaching: Frontal teaching and storytelling. Discussion of practical cases. Guided learning using lecture notes and textbooks.
- Exercises: Solving practical problems under the guidance of the tutors (problem solving, modeling and programming in OCTAVE, IDA-ICE, Ansys, OpenFOAM, FDS).
- Bergman, Theodore L.; Lavine, Adrienne S.: Fundamentals of heat and mass transfer. John Wiley 
- Incropera, F.P., DeWitt, D.P. , Bergman T.L., Lavine, A. S.: Incropera's Principles of Heat and Mass Transfer: Global Edition. Wiley 
- Linge, S., Langtangen, H. P.: Programming for Computations – MATLAB/Octave. Springer 
- Chapra, S. C.: Applied Numerical Methods with MATLAB for Engineers and Scientists, McGraw-Hill