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Posts tagged with 'U-Value'

9 Aug, 2012

Robin Bornoff One thing the Mechanical Analysis Division is not guilty of is vendor hubris. Despite the passion we have about our CFD based simulation solutions we know our place, especially in terms of where best to apply our solutions throughout the design process. CFD is a very powerful tool to predict 3D heat air flow and heat transfer but it certainly isn’t the only approach. As is common in both electronics … Read More

FloVENT, HVAC, thermal comfort, U-Value

7 Apr, 2010

Robin Bornoff Larry Grayson’s famous high camp catchphrase would be well heeded by those wanting to ensure good thermal insulation. You can make it difficult for heat to leave a room, thus maintain a warm room temperature, by constructing walls and floors of sandwiched layers of various materials, restricting heat transfer to conduction and (in cavities) radiation methods only. Open a door however and cold air will … Read More

FloVENT, HVAC, CFD, Thermal Insulation, U-Value

12 Mar, 2010

Robin Bornoff Conduction, the transfer of heat through a solid object. Convection, the transfer of heat in moving air/fluid. Radiation, the transfer of heat from one solid surface to cooler solid surface in ‘line of sight’. The 3 modes of heat transfer are your enemy when it comes to thermal insulation of built environments. Heat is as sly as a fox when it comes to squirming its way out of a space to the cool outside. … Read More

HVAC, Thermal Insulation, FloVENT, U-Value, Watts

2 Mar, 2010

Robin Bornoff Why is it that when you increase a cavity air gap size beyond ~30mm is there no subsequent detrimental affect on the overall U-Value? Why is it that the U-Value of the cavity gap nearly doubles when the air gap reduces to such as size so as to stagnate the air? Questions that come begging after observing the FloVENT simulation results discussed in the previous blog posting. Let’s find out…. When I … Read More

Conduction, Convection, CFD, U-Value, FloVENT, HVAC

17 Feb, 2010

Robin Bornoff 100mm block, 50mm insulation, 50mm cavity air gap then 100mm block make up an external wall that in theory comply with a building regulation overall wall U-Value of 0.3 (W/m^2K). This got me thinking about the 50mm air gap. Why 50mm? What if it was 75mm or 10mm? Stagnant air is a great insulator, a small gap would tend to stagnate the air and might improve, reduce, the overall U-Value. A large gap would … Read More

CFD, FloVENT, Cavity Wall, HVAC, U-Value

2 Feb, 2010

Robin Bornoff It might well be that a single U-value is quoted, in reality though that single value describes the ease by which heat can pass through various stages, from an ‘inside’, passing through a ‘wall/window’ and going to the ‘outside’. The resistance (inverse of the ease, resistance = 1/ease) the heat experiences as it passes from the inside air to the inner solid surface of the wall construction (and from … Read More

FloVENT, HVAC, Boundry Layer, Thermal Insulation, U-Value

29 Jan, 2010

Robin Bornoff I never trust a quoted value without having at least a little understanding as to what the value truly represents and how it was measured or derived. If you’ve ever felt inferior when someone quotes values or ranges of values at you take solace in the fact that there’s a fair chance they live on the surface of the pond of understanding and really don’t know how deep that pond is. To see a value, be … Read More

HVAC, K, DegC, U-Value, Watts

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