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Analysis of the Window Side Thermal Environment Formed by Air Barrier Technique in Winter Conditions and Its Economy
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The air barrier technique applies airflow through a window fan to decrease the heat load of a window surface and avoid dewfall in winter and decrease heat radiation from the window surface in summer. This paper uses numerical simulation to predict the energy-saving potential and thermal comfort of the air barrier technique used in office buildings. It also analyzes the surface temperature of the window by using the simulation software Airpak. According to the results, we can obtain the key control strategy of this technology. It can be found that the air barrier technique, instead of the heating-supply around outside-zone for office building, can avoid dewfall in winter and decrease the cold radiation, which has a great effect on thermal environment around the window. Characteristics such as outer air temperature, indoor load, thermal characteristics of structure, and air-supply parameters through window fans are analyzed in detail to measure their effects on energy consumption, window side environment and PMV values. The paper provides theoretical reference and technical guidance for applying air barrier technology correctly, improving the window side environment and reducing energy consumption.
Huang, C.; Jia, Y.; Liu, L.; Wang, X. (2006). Analysis of the Window Side Thermal Environment Formed by Air Barrier Technique in Winter Conditions and Its Economy. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu); Texas A&M University (http://www.tamu.edu). Available electronically from