A new cloud-based tool to evaluate wind pressure coefficients in buildings
CpSimulator
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Why use CpSimulator?

CpSimulator is a validated CFD-based service to obtain Cp data over a wide range of building scenarios, allowing users to achieve complex projects without the need for previous simulation expertise, nor expensive software and hardware

Wind Loads

for structural building designs

Natural Ventilation

for thermal comfort and energetic building designs

Specific applications

for engineering of building attachments, storage tanks, advertising posters, monuments, stadiums, among others

Features

The tools used by CpSimulator, which were exhaustively validated against wind tunnel experimental data, include

Isolated buildings

Calibrated reduced order models for rectangular floor-plan and CFD simulations with recalibrated turbulence models for general building topologies

Urban Environments

Target building with surrounding conditions, up to neighborhood scales. Input geometry compatible with CityGML and CityJSON formats

Performance Simulation

To evaluate natural ventilation in buildings, the input and the output formats are also compatible with EnergyPlus software to perform airflow network analysis

How CpSimulator works?

Our validated CFD-based service allows to users to obtain Cp data over a wide range of building scenarios without the need for previous simulation expertise, nor expensive software and hardware. Here we depict the work pipeline:

  • User inputs

    User must upload the building geometry file and the list of wind incidence angles required. The geometry should be split in as many surfaces as the level of detail for pressure coefficients be required.

  • Pre-Processing

    Automatic procedures generate the virtual wind-tunnel, mesh the domain and configurate the CFD simulation following the COST actions guidelines (see this paper).

  • Processing

    RANS equations are solved using a finite-volume based steady-state solver. Turbulence is modeled recalibrated RANS models for ABLs (see this paper). One simulation per wind angle is performed in our clusters.

  • Post-processing

    Surface-averaged pressure coefficients are computed on each selected surface. Snapshots with main flow patterns are also generated.

  • Results

    Results data is returned to the User. It includes a .csv table of Cp per surface and wind angle, .idf file updated (if required), .vtk files for specific post-processing and other statistics.

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Who we are?

We are researchers of the Argentinian National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET).
In particular, we belong to the Research Center for Computational Methods (CIMEC) at Santa Fe, Argentina

Facundo Bre

  • BPS -
  • Metamodeling -
  • CFD

Juan M. Gimenez

  • CFD -
  • Turbulence -
  • HPC

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