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FloEFD Helps Revolving Doors “Blowin’ in the Wind”

Hi again,

I recently came across an interesting HVAC application of FloEFD, our CAD-embedded CFD package for concurrent product design, from one of our users in the Netherlands, Royal Boon Edam. I think it just shows how ubiquitous CFD has become in the world today when a manufacturer that was founded in 1873 as a carpentry workshop and has now grown into an international leader in the design and development of revolving doors, is using it to hone their products.


At Royal Boon Edam, like for most niche small and medium sized engineering companies in the Netherlands, innovation is of upmost importance and the company is continually aiming to improve and optimize its products. Ease of use and easy implementation of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) into their design processes is a critical requirement for such companies.

As one might expect in the design of revolving doors, wind effects and wind loading on a given door and its component parts plays a significant role in its overall performance and for any Boon Edam installation worldwide they need to be able to design it to cope with any wind direction and urban canyon effect onsite. HEC, our Benelux distributor of FloEFD, worked with Boon Edam under a Dutch government scheme to carry out a large number of flow simulation permutations for the position of Royal Boon Edam door sets, their connections to a building’s facade (whether on a face or at a corner), the prevailing wind direction, the door’s canopy, and finally the number of leaves in a revolving door.

Royal Boon Edam Revolving Door with FloEFD Air Flow Pathline predictions near the door when the prevailing wind is approaching it head-on and side-on to the revolving door installation

This array of CFD simulations gave Royal Boon Edam tremendous design and engineering insights. “Worst case” examples based on wind forces on some of the components of the door for the maximum wind speed to be expected in the application considered over a range of wind directions was analyzed with a nominal wind load on doors in buildings of 250 Pa (20.4 m/s). FloEFD simulations showed that the actual wind pressure in the revolving door is typically lower than the pressure on the front of the building. Moreover, the shape of the revolving door has a positive influence making the allowable wind loads higher than expected.  CFD also looked at the influence of the position of the revolving door in the entrance area of the building for three wing doors and the effect of its connections to the facade of the building which has an impact on its canopy for wind loadings. All FloEFD models took into account the wind direction and the influence of the shape and size of the building the revolving doors were installed in. Dirk Groot, Product Manager at Boon Edam, summarized the benefits of this sort of CFD analysis with FloEFD quite well:

“We are extremely pleased with the results – In a relatively short period of time we have a better understanding of airflow and wind pressures around our doors and we can quantify our suspicions. This is in fact a new link between the Eurocode EN1991 and our theoretical structure calculations on the one hand, and the implementation of the actual product on the other.

So, my friends, with due apologies to Bob Dylan, it is clear that FloEFD helped Royal Boon Edam to find the CFD answer “blowin’ in the wind” for their revolving door designs!. More applications of FloEFD in the HVAC industry can be found here.





CFD, Bob Dylan, Revolving Doors, Royal Boon Edam, HEC (Holland Engineerings Consultants BV), HVAC

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About Boris Marovic

Boris MarovicI studied Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Stuttgart (Germany) and did my final thesis at the AME of the University of Arizona (USA). I started in 2007 directly at Mentor Graphics (at that time NIKA/Flomerics) and am working in the customer support for the FloEFD products, demoing the software and giving trainings for the FloEFD products. Basically I'm interested in almost every engineering simulation there is. I did work a little with the FEM stress simulation of Catia V5 and ever since I liked the idea of simulating in the design process and that's how I found my way to FloEFD. Well I have some hobbies like Skiing, skating, my dog (she's a cutie but sometimes can be a real little gremlin). I really like aircrafts, but rather military jets than commercial aircrafts and I like designing. Modeling something really nice like a car or even a simple fixture gives me always the feeling of satisfaction when seeing the final version and being proud of my creation. Maybe you know the feeling when you created something and then leaning back watching at it and thinking "Yep, that's my baby!". Oh, and not to forget, I love motorcycles primarily supersport. Every spring when all the bikers crawling out of their holes and you hear the sounds of roaring engines I have goose bumps all over my back. Unfortunately I currently don't have a bike on my own but that'll change hopefully soon. Visit Boris Marovic’s Blog

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