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Title: A microclimate study of a free-running historic building through computational fluid dynamics
Authors: Bianco, Andrea
Buhagiar, Vincent
Micallef, Daniel
Keywords: computational fluid dynamics
Computational fluid dynamics -- Congresses
Historic sites -- Malta
Sustainable architecture -- Malta
Energy conservation -- Malta
Buildings -- Energy conservation
National Archives of Malta (Rabat, Malta)
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: PLEA
Citation: Bianco, A., Buhagiar, V., & Micallef, D. (2018). A microclimate study of a free-running historic building through computational fluid dynamics. PLEA2018 – Passive & Low Energy Architecture, Hong Kong.
Abstract: The conservation of archive buildings is particularly important due to the generally sensitive material that they are intended to preserve. A detailed understanding of the heat, air, and moisture transport within these buildings is important to ensure that informed decisions may be taken in their design. A case study of the Notarial Archives in Malta is presented here; a historic building composed of thick walls and high ceilings with no damproofing; augmenting the problems of rising damp and indoor air quality. Therefore, the study provides a number of challenges to the conservation of such archives. A Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) model was used to simulate such conditions, with the key focus on the validation of the model. Validation included the comparison of simulated data to data obtained during a monitoring cycle. The results highlight the effects of the boundary conditions on the space as well as other unsteady phenomena. The CFD model provided a more complete picture of the microclimate within such spaces that can aid a holistic conservation approach of such archives and their preservation for future generations.
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