Building and Civil Engineering

Our involvement in building and civil engineering

Numerical simulation in building and civil engineering is widespread for the mechanical dimensioning of structures using finite element softwares. With the increasing reinforcement of energy constraints, thermal and fluid optimization is now becoming essential in the design process.

Our skills

The possibilities are numerous, among which:

Aerodynamic calculations (wind loading) around buildings

  • Forces calculation (pressure, drag, and yaw) on the structure at any point.
  • Calculation of structures heat transfer coefficients to assess thermal exchanges that occur between inside and outside of a building.
  • Calculation and assessment of areas with high wind speeds for discomfort estimation. Wind turbine location analysis.

Thermal comfort calculations, energy efficiency of a building

  • Building energy efficiency  (summer, winters ..).

  • Thermal comfort calculations (ventilation, air conditioning..), with or without solar radiation.

  • Dynamic thermal simulations.

Hydraulic network balancing calculations

  • 2D pseudo modeling of a distribution network (pumps, valves, elbows ..). Flow rate calculations for minimum speed and minimum temperature requirements.

  • Column balancing calculations (sizing of pumps, pipes, insulators). Valve settings for balancing columns.

Examples of studies involving building and civil engineering

Champ de vitesse (coupe et rendu 3D) et température (rendu 3D) – calcul du confort thermique

Calculation of thermal comfort and energy efficiency for business offices

  • Modeling of the air conditioning, calculation of the temperature in each office.

  • Taking into account heat input from solar radiation for various times.

  • Calculations carried out with ANSYS.
Calcul de coefficients aérodynamiques-champs de vitesse et lignes d'écoulement

Wind loading anayslis of a building

  • Calculation of pressure un force from wind loading (various speed and inclination). Fluid separation and von Karman vortex calculations.
  • Vibration analysis.
  • Calculations carried out using ANSYS CFX and ANSYS Mechanicals.
Champs : pression, température et vitesse – Réseau de distribution

Dimensioning, optimization and balancing of distribution networks

  • Modeling pseudo 2D network (pipes, pump, singular pressure losses ..).
  • Valve adjustment for column balancing.
  • Taking into account business constraints (speed limit, temperature limit, etc …)
  • Calculation with COMSOL Multiphysics