Greenhouse characteristics and climatic conditions using 3D computational fluid dynamics

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    The proper greenhouse climate depends mainly on ventilation. A lot of experimental work is done describing the ventilation in a mathematical model based on greenhouse geometry and surrounding conditions. Some computational fluid dynamics (CFD) studies are done in this field but they were all two-dimensional. In this presentation, a three-dimensional CFD study on the wind driven ventilation of a Venlo-type greenhouse is given. The calculations are verified by experimental results from tracer gas measurements. From the study it is concluded that the ventilation has a strong three-dimensional character due to the wind direction and the geometry of the greenhouse. The microclimate, hence the temperature distribution in the greenhouse subscribes this as well.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)347-351
    JournalActa Horticulturae
    Issue number614, 1
    Publication statusPublished - 2003

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