Learning Lab

Wind Tunnel vs CFD - Comparing Physical and Virtual Modelling

Wind Tunnel vs CFD - Comparing Physical and Virtual Modelling

Host Info

Contact a Specialist

Name
Duncan Phillips
Position
Senior Consultant | Principal
Phone
+1.519.823.1311 x2409
Email
Duncan.Phillips@rwdi.com
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Schedule

Date:
October 12, 2017
Time:
12:00 PM, Vancouver (GMT-7)
Duration:
60 min
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Abstract

Consideration of wind effects that result from the construction of tall buildings with regard to pedestrian comfort and safety is a key component of a the planning process in many urban centres in Ontario. This webinar uses the City of Toronto, Canada as a case study to directly compare the capabilities of wind tunnel testing and computational fluid dynamics, the two primary techniques used to quantify the wind environment, with a specific focus on the strengths and limitations of each. We also will discuss the impact of other modelling assumptions, such as climate data, terrain and building geometry, on the predicted pedestrian environment.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Appreciate why the pedestrian wind environment needs to be considered during design and the local planning process
  2. Be able to select the appropriate modelling tool for the type of building and stage within the design process
  3. Understand the technical and commercial limitations of the modelling tools used
  4. Recognise the impact of other modelling assumptions such as choice of climate data, terrain and building geometry

Affiliated Associations

  • AIA