A methodology for assessing energy use and effectiveness of UVGI systems

Jason W. DeGraw, Joseph T. Firrantello, William P. Bahnfleth

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Abstract

Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) systems are known to be effective in the control of harmful microorganisms in the indoor environment. This paper addresses the modelling of induct airstream disinfection with a methodology that couples an energy model driven multizone airflow and contaminant transport model to simulate the deactivation of anthrax spores. An example based on a 1,900 m2 commercial building with a forced-air heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning system is used to illustrate the application of the methodology. Representative releases of anthrax are simulated under different conditions to study the variation of effectiveness of UVGI during transient conditions. The practical application of the approach is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012
Pages316-321
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
Event10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012 - Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Duration: Jul 8 2012Jul 12 2012

Publication series

Name10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012
Volume1

Other

Other10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012
CountryAustralia
CityBrisbane, QLD
Period7/8/127/12/12

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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    DeGraw, J. W., Firrantello, J. T., & Bahnfleth, W. P. (2012). A methodology for assessing energy use and effectiveness of UVGI systems. In 10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012 (pp. 316-321). (10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012; Vol. 1).