Special Issue "The Progress in Building Indoor Air Quality: Indoor Airflow and Pollutant Control"

Submission Deadline: 10 December 2019 (closed)
Guest Editors
Associate Professor Ning Mao,China University of Petroleum (East China) ,China
Dr. Mengjie Song,The University of Tokyo, Japan


The quality of the environment within buildings is a topic of major importance for human health. Indoor air pollutants include formaldehyde, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), particulate matter, ozone, and biological contaminants. Those hazardous outdoor air pollutions have severely affected indoor air quality, threatening the health of billions of people, due to the dominant exposure for humans. Therefore, indoor air quality should be maintained at a suitable level through technologies to provide fresh air, to purify the indoor air and to control the pollution. With increase of building tightness, the ventilation plays a more critical role than in the past in maintaining an acceptable indoor environment. The ventilation modes include natural, mechanical, and their hybrid type, which creates different airflow patterns (such as trajectory, impingement, separation, circulation, reattachment, buoyancy, vortices etc) and airflow field (temperature, velocity and pressure), and finally affects the indoor air quality. Besides, mechanical and electronic filtration are effective for removing suspended particles, adsorption is useful to retain gaseous contaminants, and Photo-oxidation is effective to reduce the indoor organic contaminants. The progress in these technologies is helpful to improve the indoor air quality and human living environment. 

This Special Issue will be coordinated by the Fluid dynamics and Materials Processing, which is an excellent EI and ESCI journal focusing on materials processing and fluid dynamics. The target of the present special issue is to present the leading edge of indoor air flow and pollutant in residential buildings and the corresponding pollutant control technologies. Original and review research papers on the following topics are welcomed but not limited to: 
1) Ventilation forms and removal of indoor pollutant; 
2) Air distribution and indoor air flow patterns; 
3) Transportation of particles (PM2.5 and PM10); 
4) Generation and distribution of volatile organic compounds (VOCs); 
5) Pollutant problem in high-density crowds;
6) Purification of gaseous contaminants;
7) Numerical methods on studying gas-particle flow;
8) Sensor technology over harmful gases;
9) Smart building technology in monitoring and controlling indoor pollutant.

Published Papers
  • Design and Optimization of a Hybrid Energy System for Decentralized Heating
  • Abstract The performances of a hybrid energy system for decentralized heating are investigated. The proposed energy system consists of a solar collector, an air-source heat pump, a gas-fired boiler and a hot water tank. A mathematical model is developed to predict the operating characteristics of the system. The simulation results are compared with experimental data. Such a comparison indicates that the model accuracy is sufficient. The influence of the flat plate solar collector area on the economic and energy efficiency of such system is also evaluated through numerical simulations. Finally, this system is optimized using the method of orthogonal design. The… More
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  • Study on Buildings CCHP System Based on SOFC
  • Abstract The relationship among the working temperature, pressure and current density of a Solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) and its output power and efficiency are analyzed in the framework of a theoretical model able to provide, among other things, the volt ampere characteristic curve. In particular, following the principle of temperature matching and cascade utilization, we consider a gas turbine (GT) and a LiBr absorption chiller to recycle the high-grade exhaust heat produced by the considered SOFC. This distributed total energy system is set up with the intent to meet typical needs of buildings for cooling, heating and power (CCHP). The… More
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