Computational fluid dynamics in greenhouses: A review

  • G De la Torre-Gea
  • GM Soto-Zarazúa
  • I López-Crúz
  • I Torres-Pacheco
  • E Rico-García
Keywords: Airflow, CFD, greenhouse, turbulence, porous media.

Abstract

Computational fluid dynamics is a tool that has been used in recent years to develop numerical models that improve our understanding of the interaction of variables that make up the climate inside greenhouses. In the past five years, more realistic studies have appeared due mainly to the development of more powerful software and hardware. However, it is necessary to perform an analysis to show us the trends, strengths and weaknesses in the use of this tool. In this study, we reviewed the state of the art of CFD in studies of airflow and climate inside greenhouses, analyzing the most important issues that help us understand how it has evolved, as well as trends and limitations on their use.

Key words: Airflow, CFD, greenhouse, turbulence, porous media.

Published
2013-12-06
Section
Articles

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