Numerical investigation of the integration of heat transfer devices into wind towers

John Kaiser Calautit, Ben Richard Hughes, Saud Ghani

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The purpose of this study is to incorporate heat transfer devices inside the passive terminal of a wind tower unit, highlighting the potential to achieve minimal restriction in the external air flow stream while ensuring maximum contact time, thus optimising the cooling duty of the device. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) was used to develop a numerical model of a wind tower system and simulate the air flow pattern around and through the device to the test room. Results have indicated that the average internal airflow rate was reduced following the integration of the vertical and horizontal heat transfer device configuration, reductions of 4.11 % and 8.21 % was obtained respectively. Furthermore, the proposed cooling system was capable of reducing the air temperatures by up to 15 K. The technology presented here is subject to IP protection under the QNRF funding guidelines.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-48
Number of pages6
JournalChemical Engineering Transactions
Issue number2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • numerical investigation
  • wind tower
  • CFD (computational fluid dynamic)
  • heat transfer devices


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