Solar chimney and building ventilation

D. J. Harris, N. Helwig

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    This study is concerned with the design of a solar chimney to induce ventilation in a building. CFD modelling techniques were used to assess the impacts of inclination angle, double glazing and low-emissivity finishes on the induced ventilation rate. It was found that for a south-facing chimney, an inclination angle of 67.5° from the horizontal was optimum for the location chosen, giving 11% greater efficiency than the vertical chimney, and that a 10% higher efficiency was obtained by using a low-emissivity wall surface. © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)135-146
    Number of pages12
    JournalApplied Energy
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007


    • Building
    • Chimney
    • Energy
    • Solar
    • Ventilation


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