An experimental and numerical study of passive solar ventilation in buildings

M.S. Imbabi, G.S. Barozzi, E. Nobile, A.C.M Sousa

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingPublished conference contribution


A new bioclimatic building, featuring an integrated solar chimney roof, provided the ideal prototype for design and construction o a 1/12th scale model building and its micro-climate. Laboratory tests and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations of the model allowed the building's performance to be assessed, and together added valuable physical insight into the performance of the proposed passive solar ventilation system. Experimental results also provided the necessary feedback to develop the numerical model, offering a worthwhile alternative to expensive, time consuming full-scale tests.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication1991 Solar World Congress
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Biennial Congress of the International Solar Energy Society-ISES, Denver, Colorado, USA, 19-23 August 1991 Volume 3 Part I
EditorsM. E. Arden, S. M. A. Burley, M. Coleman
Place of PublicationOxford, UK
PublisherPergamon Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic) 9780080416908
ISBN (Print)008041690X
Publication statusPublished - 1991
Event1991 Solar World Congress - Denver, United States
Duration: 19 Aug 199123 Aug 1993


Conference1991 Solar World Congress
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • roof-integrated solar-chimney
  • small-scale modeling
  • CFD modeling
  • Nigerian house


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