Using Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling to Evaluate Sustainability

Daniel Deese, CRB

Because of the rising energy and maintenance costs to run their facilities, laboratory owners are under increasing pressure to improve air flow. Safety departments are pushing to increase air change rates within the laboratory environment. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling is a tool that can be employed to help evaluate the ventilation effectiveness of a laboratory design. Whether you're planning a new facility or just tired of receiving complaints about an existing lab, you'll learn the role that CFD can play in evaluating the air flow.

This presentation will provide an overview of the CFD modeling process and how to implement CFD to evaluate the laboratory environment. Results from a new gross anatomy lab will be presented with lessons learned from the design.

Learning Objectives

  • Overview of CFD modeling
  • Benefits and limitations of CFD modeling in evaluating sustainable initiatives
  • Methods of evaluating laboratory ventilation effectiveness
  • Whether CFD modeling can replace good engineering design


Daniel Deese, mechanical engineer, has over 10 years of experience in designing mechanical and plumbing systems for research and manufacturing facilities nationwide. Daniel's primary market emphasis includes science + technology facilities ranging from chemistry and biology laboratories, vivaria, clean rooms, campus central utilities and higher education.

Deese currently leads the internal computational fluid dynamics modeling group with a focus on training engineers within the company.


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