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1st Edition

Air Distribution in Buildings

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ISBN 9781138076648
Published April 13, 2017 by CRC Press
255 Pages 172 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Air Distribution in Buildings is a concise and practical guide to air distribution system design and managing air conditioning systems in buildings. Making use of 40 years of experience in the design of air conditioning and ventilations systems, and other electromechanical services, this structured reference for built environment engineering offers in-depth coverage of air distribution technology. The text brings together a wide range of information and offers technical guidance on the design, calculation, and efficient operation of air distribution in buildings.

The text highlights the special characteristics of air distribution in individual spaces. It presents the basic and fundamental concepts of air distribution as it relates to grilles and outlets, room space, and buildings. It focuses on air distribution systems in large buildings, starting with simple rooms and then moving on to more complex configurations. It also sums up the latest standards and best practices in air conditioning engineering.

  • Includes knowledge of the new trends in buildings’ air distribution
  • Provides systematic analyses of the air flow regimes, heat transfer, and relative humidity in a collection of special built environments
  • Presents energy analyses of the air conditioning systems for operating theaters and sporting facilities in unusual and severe climatic conditions
  • Offers a description of flow characteristics in archeological monuments with emphasis on combating excessive moisture
  • Introduces examples of very dense occupancy built environments, moisture sensitive environments, and open space air conditioning
  • Details advanced treatment of flow characterization in large public buildings

This text serves as an ideal resource for air conditioning engineers, contractors, and consultants. It also benefits mechanical and architectural engineering students.

Table of Contents

Air Distribution Systems

Airflow Patterns

Airflow Efficiency in Rooms

Noise Criteria

Air Handling Units


Mathematical Modeling Technique

Governing Equations

Numerical Procedure


Airflow Regimes and Thermal Comfort in a Room

Numerical Model

Flow Pattern and Thermal Behavior



Airflow Regimes and Thermal Pattern in Archaeological Monuments

Historical Background


Proposed Design Calculation Methodology

Proposed Solution



Airflow in Places of Worship

People and Comfort

Climatic Factors

Air Conditioning of Mosques: Ceiling Designs

Air Conditioning of Churches: Ceiling Designs

Air Distribution in Mosques: Free-Stand Units



Airflow Patterns in Healthcare Facilities

Airflow Characteristics for Comfort

Early Practice of Airflow Design

Present Observations

Problem Analysis

Modeled Equations

Flow Pattern Analyses



Examples of Typical Air Conditioning Projects

Environmental Control

Air Filtration

Pressure Relationships and Ventilation

Air Movement

Air Quality

Smoke Control

Fire Control

Noise Criteria

Factors Affecting System Selection

HVAC Life Cycle Cost Analyses


Owning Costs Analysis

Operating Costs Analysis

Maintenance Costs Analysis

Design Specifications

Further Examples

Engineering Tips for Energy-Efficient Buildings



Indoor Environmental Quality


IEQ Mandatory Provisions

Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy Comfort

Acoustical Control

Daylighting by Top Lighting

Isolation of the Building from Pollutants in Soil

Prescriptive Option

Performance Option


Energy Efficiency in Air-Conditioned Buildings

Air-Conditioned Applications

Energy Efficiency

Evaluation Indices


International Energy Standards

Energy-Efficient Buildings

Concluding Remarks



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Essam E. Khalil is professor of Mechanical Engineering at Cairo University. He has over 43 years of experience in design and simulation of combustion chambers for terrestrial and aerospace applications. He has published over 550 papers in journals and conference proceedings on combustion, energy, and indoor air quality control. He has also published 11 books. Professor Khalil is also a Fellow of ASME, Fellow AIAA, Fellow ASHRAE; Distinguished Lecturer ASHRAE. He is editor of Energy & Buildings, Letters in CFD and, International Journal of Reacting Systems. He has received many international awards, including the ASME George Westinghouse Award recipient 2009, AIAA Energy Systems Award 2010, ASHRAE Distinguished Services Award 2010, AIAA Sustained Services Award 2011, and ASME James Harry Potter Gold Medal Award 2012.