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Is EnergyPlus used to perform Pedestrian Wind Comfort Analysis ?

asked 2017-08-01 02:00:29 -0500

chait214 gravatar image

updated 2017-08-15 15:48:46 -0500

I am currently looking for a software which is used to perform Pedestrian Wind Comfort Analysis for my project. I would like to know if EnergyPlus is used for that purpose. If not can you suggest me the right software.

Thank You.

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answered 2017-08-01 22:25:16 -0500

TomB gravatar image

No, EnergyPlus is not used for Pedestrian Wind Analysis. You'll need a CFD software. For a good overview, see something on Bert Blocken's website, such as this

Application of computational fluid dynamics in building performance simulation for the outdoor environment: An overview

There are many CFD packages, I wont try to list them, nor judge whats best, two examples are

  1. DesignBuilder has a CFD capability
  2. For a free, opensource, CFD package, you could use OpenFOAM
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Well I was looking for a Software that was specific to Pedestrian Wind Comfort. Openfoam will require an UI and meshing tool to perform the task.

But anyways thank you for your reply.

chait214 gravatar image chait214  ( 2017-08-02 00:24:53 -0500 )edit

You might be interested in the Rhino/Grasshopper script Butterfly. It is a basic GUI for OpenFOAM and I believe there are some tools included to analyze pedestrian wind comfort, but if you haven't used Grasshopper before it will have a pretty large learning curve.

StefanG gravatar image StefanG  ( 2017-08-02 18:23:34 -0500 )edit

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