An efficient lattice Boltzmann model for indoor airflow and particle transport

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-24
Journal / PublicationJournal of Aerosol Science
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2013


The three-dimensional multiple-relaxation-time LB (MRT-LB) and Lagrangian particle tracking methods were applied to simulate turbulent airflow and particle dispersion in a ventilated room with a partition. The turbulent airflow was simulated by large eddy simulation (LES) using the MRT-LB method with the Smagorinsky model. This method was verified by comparing it with experimental and other numerical results. Good agreement was observed between airflow simulation and experimental data. It is also demonstrated that the LES carried out by the MRT-LB method can produce airflow results very similar to the RNG LES and provide better prediction than the standard and RNG k-ε models. In order to further improve the efficiency of the MRT-LB method, the multi-block grid refinement (MBGR) technique was used. The accuracy and efficiency of the MBGR and the consistency of physical quantities across the interface were investigated. In simulation of particle dispersion in the model room, particles with diameters of 1 and 10 μm were considered. It is shown that this model can successfully capture dispersion characteristics of particles. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

Research Area(s)

  • Indoor airflow, Large eddy simulation, Multi-block grid refinement, Multiple-relaxation-time lattice Boltzmann method, Particle dispersion