Industries and Applications
Occupied Spaces Comfort
The comfort of occupants in occupied and other public assembly buildings can be a challenge. In particular, occupants are often concentrated at the peripheries of the space envelope. Providing good thermal comfort in these spaces can often result in the supply of too much air into the space, thereby increasing operating costs. Our Airflow Modeling Consultancy can run effective simulations of the inside of your atria, auditoriums, theatres, etc. and determine the comfort levels of your customers or employees. Our customers in this area have included L’Acquis, Affiliated Engineers Inc., and Perkins and Will.
Passenger Cabin Comfort
The comfort of occupants is a growing issue within the transportation industry, where there is need to provide comfort uniformly within the passenger space. Ensuring that your systems offer adequate levels of ventilation, heating or cooling can be a complicated task -- often, complicated by other factors. For example, the spread of contaminants on long haul flights needs to be mitigated. Our Airflow Modeling consultants can run effective simulations of the inside of your plane, train etc. and determine the comfort levels of your passengers. Our customers in this area have included SNCF, LIEBHERR Aerospace and PSA Peugeot Citroen.
In clean room scenarios, the purity of the products is vital, and the cleanliness of the air in given areas of the space is of prime concern to the designer. Our Airflow Modeling consultants can build a model of your clean room and trace numerous contaminants through it, whether they are clothing particles or other larger sources of contaminant. We can even trace the source of any contamination. We have been involved in numerous projects in this area. Customers have included bioMerieux, Merck, Glaxo SmithKline and SGS Thomson.
Health Care Facilities
In health care facilities, airborne viruses and bacteria can be a threat to both patients and health care givers alike. These can have a devastating impact depending on where this exposure occurs, whether it’s in a patient room, isolation room or operating room. It is important to be able to control or eliminate these contaminants through the effective design of the ventilation system. Mentor Graphics Mechanical has been involved in numerous projects in this area. Customers have included NIH, Affiliated Engineers, Inc. and Critical Environments Group, Inc.
In laboratories, it is important that the overall ventilation system for the space does not compromise the effectiveness of the fume hoods. In particular, potentially hazardous chemical vapors could escape from the fume hood, and cause problems for the scientists within the room. Our consultants can build a model of your laboratory and determine the effectiveness of the fume hood in containing the chemicals, and its interaction with the overall ventilation system. We can even trace the source of any contamination. We have been involved in numerous projects in this area such as those for Affiliated Engineers, Inc. and Flad and Associates, Inc.
Modeling airflow around buildings can be important for many reasons, such as pedestrian comfort, contaminant dispersal from chemical stacks, or diesel fumes and particulates. Using airflow modeling makes it possible to check that design requirements are met without having to build expensive models for testing each time a design change is made. Mentor Graphics Mechanical has been involved in the external modeling of many buildings. Clients have included WSP and AMEC.
The design of ventilation systems for use in car parks is an increasingly important topic requiring strict adherence to building codes and regulations. CFD can be used to design optimal airflow systems for parking garage ventilation while considering complex geometry of buildings and locations of exhaust fans within the structure.