The impact of environment conditions on the performance of an air curtain unit

INTRODUCTION

The application of air curtains over doorways is a well-documented and universally accepted practice supported with many CFD studies and laboratory tests. Where the research is lacking is how the effectiveness of an air curtain unit can be detrimentally impacted when the units are poorly selected, installed, commissioned or controlled over its product lifecycle.

Typically, air curtain units are selected by mounting height and door width in a particular weather scenario and for a majority of openings this is perfectly acceptable. However, if you shift the temperature down towards a colder winter temperature, or install the unit over an opening with a strong oncoming wind, then the performance and selection can be considerably different.

PURPOSE OF TECHNICAL ARTICLE

This article will examine the impact of environment conditions on the air curtain unit performance, demonstrate what the cost is when it goes wrong and how intelligent and adaptive products like the Biddle SR comfort air curtain can ensure that energy isn’t wasted and the SR does what you ask / require from it, to reduce energy consumption, reduce lifetime running costs and improve comfort for the building’s users

Areas covered within the technical article:

  • SECOND, EFFICIENCY
  • OPTIMUM PERFORMANCE
  • OUTFLOW
  • INSTALLATION OF SENSORS
  • REMOTE SENSORS
  • CLIMATE SEPARATION – MOMENTUM AND VELOCITY

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