Numerical investigation of indoor particulate contaminant transport using the Eulerian-Eulerian and Eulerian-Lagrangian two-phase flow models

  • Yihuan Yan
  • Xiangdong Li
  • Kazuhide ItoEmail author
Research Article


Transport of micron particles in a displacement ventilated room was simulated using both the Eulerian-Eulerian model and the Eulerian-Lagrangian model. The same inter-phase action mechanisms were included in both models. The models were compared against each other in the aspects of air velocity, particle concentration, and particle-wall interactions. It was found that the two models have similar accuracy in predicting the airflow field while each of them has its own advantage and drawback in modelling particle concentration and particle-wall interactions. The E-E model is capable of providing a mechanistic description of the inter-phase interactions, whilst the E-L model has obvious advantage in modelling particle-wall interactions. Advices were given for choosing an appropriate model for modelling particulate contaminant transport in indoor environments.


Eulerian-Eulerian model Eulerian-Lagrangian model indoor space airflow field particle concentration 



The financial supports provided by Australian Research Council (Project ID: DP160101953) and JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Fund for the Promotion of Joint International Research (Grant No. 15KK0211) are gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EngineeringRMIT UniversityBundooraAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of Engineering SciencesKyushu UniversityFukuokaJapan

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