Applications of Computational Fluid Dynamics for HVAC Design Optimization

February 15, 2018
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time


Air is the primary carrier of heat, moisture, and contaminants in laboratory spaces. Therefore, proper airflow management is the key for effective laboratory ventilation. The design risk that can cause poor airflow management in laboratory spaces is often realized after commissioning and occupancy. However, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) can help identify risks during the early stages of designing a laboratory and help optimize an effective, energy-efficient HVAC system. This presentation will explain CFD technology and how to use it. It will also examine several case studies of laboratories, clean rooms, data centers, patient rooms, operating rooms, and office spaces to demonstrate how CFD analyses helped identify the risks and optimize the HVAC designs.

After viewing this presentation, attendees will:

  • Understand what to look for in CFD simulations, how to conduct CFD analysis, and the importance of converged solutions.
  • Learn the basic principles of airflow management for occupied spaces and how it affects the performance of HVAC systems.
  • Understand the importance of airflow path and three-dimensional distribution of contaminants for effective ventilation and why high air change rates do not exclusively provide effective ventilation.
  • Learn about thermal comfort of occupants’ criteria and why three-dimensional airflow distribution helps determine thermal comfort of occupants.


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Professional Development Hours and Continuing Education Credits

Webinar attendees and those who view the recording can earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for professional engineers or one Learning Unit (LU) from the American Institute of Architects for registered architects.

Contact I2SL after the webinar if you would like to receive a credit for your participation.

Instructor Biography

Dr. Kishor Khankari, Ph.D., is an expert in CFD with several years of experience providing engineering insights and optimized HVAC design solutions using analytical techniques. He has developed patented technology for exhaust fan assembly and published several technical papers and trade magazine articles. Dr. Khankari is an ASHRAE Fellow member, distinguished lecturer, and recipient of the ASHRAE Exceptional and Distinguished Service Awards.


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