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Re: [EnergyPlus_Support] "Air-Wall" between Surfaces
This is difficult to answer. One of the tenets in EnergyPlus is that
conditions within a zone are uniform. Yes, you can divide an open space into
multiple zones. The difficult thing is how to model the interaction between
the zones when they are open to each other. If the input contains no interzone
surfaces, mixing, or COMIS objects connecting the zones, they will not interact
with each other in EnergyPlus. We know of no credible method of modeling this
interaction outside of using a CFD program. You must add some type of surface
or airflow from one zone to another to provide a heat-transfer mechanism.
There are four options in EnergyPlus for modeling the interaction between zones
which are open to each other:
1. If the zones are controlled to the same conditions, then there is little to
be gained by making them interact, so you could neglect any connections between
the zones. In fact, if this is the case, you might consider combining the
spaces into a single thermal zone. If you expect the zones to have
significantly different temperatures and/or humidities, then use one of the
2. Some modelers define fictitious "air walls" with no mass and a certain
resistance to account for heat transfer through open doorways, etc., but it is
difficult to know what resistance to use. This will transfer only sensible
heat, no moisture.
3. Some modelers use MIXING (one-way flow) or CROSS MIXING (two-way flow) to
move air between the zones, but it is difficult to know what flow rate to use.
This will transfer both sensible heat and moisture.
4. One could define a COMIS network with large vertical openings between the
zones as well as other openings and cracks in the exterior envelope to provide
the driving forces. This requires a much higher level of detailed input and
should be used only if the detailed specification data is available. This
approach does not include any flow induced by the HVAC systems.
On 23 Feb 2004, at 9:53, markus_gmeinder wrote:
> Another question:
> How can I build an "Air-Wall" between 2 zones? In my case The Wall
> between conservatory and livingroom (wall between zone1 and zone2)?
> I built the Walls and connected it with the "OutsideFaceEnvironment
> Object". When I delete both walls how know the zones about each
> Thank you very much
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EnergyPlus Testing and Support
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