Experimental Study on the Aerodynamic Sealing of Air Curtains

Joao Carlos Viegas, Fernando Oliveira, Daniel Aelenei

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Controlling the air quality is of the utmost importance in today's buildings. Vertical air curtains are often used to separate two different climatic zones with a view to reduce heat transfer. In fact, this research work proposes an air curtain aimed to ensure a proper separation between two zones, a clean one and a contaminated one. The methodology of this research includes: (i) small-scale tests on water models to ensure that the contamination does not pass through the air curtain, and (ii) an analytical development integrating the main physical characteristics of plane jets. In the solution developed, the airflow is extracted from the contaminated compartment to reduce the curtain airflow rejected to the exterior of the compartment. In this research work, it was possible to determine the minimum exhaust flow necessary to ensure the aerodynamic sealing of the air curtain. This article addresses the methodology used to perform the small-scale water tests and the corresponding results.
Original languageEnglish
Article number49
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018


  • air curtain
  • aerodynamic sealing
  • indoor air quality
  • contamination

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