Pollution and Urban Heating Island (UHI), ANSYS Fluent CFD Training

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The problem simulates mass fraction of carbon dioxide changes in an urban street over time.

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UHI and Pollution CFD Simulation

Urban environments are the most important context of life, and in most developing countries the status of air pollution is getting worse day by day, although technological improvements have played an important role in reducing air pollution emissions. Due to the increasing demand for transportation, it will remain a challenge. Simulation using the Species Transport solves a Transport Equation for each component of the pollution mixture. The purpose of the analysis is to calculate the amount of CO2 pollution dissipated in an urban zone.

UHI Project Description

The problem simulates changes in the mass fraction of carbon dioxide on an urban street by ANSYS Fluent software. To simulate this model, a 0.1 m height area should be considered as a source of carbon dioxide pollutants on the street from the urban domain. In fact, the main purpose of the current simulation is to investigate the effect of free airflow on the amount of CO2 produced by car exhaust. Therefore, an integrated carbon-dioxide production area is defined as a source of mass production on a city street.

Free airflow enters the area around an urban environment at a velocity of 0.2 m.s-1 and a temperature of 300 K. Since the CO2 and airflow are modeled, the Species Transport model has been used; Thus, these gaseous species include air and CO2. The amount of carbon dioxide produced in the definition area on the street is 4 kg.m-3.

Geometry & Mesh

The present model is three-dimensional and is drawn using the Design Modeler software. This model is a set of structural elements consisting of several building blocks and a street belonging to a city. An area in the shape of a rectangular cube with dimensions of 9 m ⨯ 13 m ⨯ 4 m is designed around this urban complex. The airflow inlet is selected in three lateral sections of this area. There is also a 0.1 m high area on one of the city streets. The following figure shows a view of the geometry.

Mr CFD uhi

The meshing is done using ANSYS Meshing software. The mesh type is unstructured and the element number is 4137570. Grids are smaller in the areas adjacent to the internal boundaries and have higher accuracy. The following figure shows a view of the mesh.


Pollution CFD Simulation

To simulate the present model, several assumptions are considered:

  • The solver is pressure-based.
  • The simulation is transient since the goal is to study changes in carbon dioxide concentration over time.

A summary of the steps for defining the problem and its solution is given in the table:

Models (UHI)
Viscous model k-epsilon
k-epsilon model standard
near-wall treatment standard wall function
species transport model
species air, CO2
Energy on
Boundary conditions (UHI)
Inlet Velocity inlet
velocity magnitude 0.2 m.s-1
temperature 300 K
CO2 mass fraction 0
Outlet Pressure outlet
gauge pressure 0 Pascal
Walls Wall
wall motion stationary wall
heat flux 0 W.m-2
CO2 mass fraction zero diffusive flux
Solution Methods (UHI)
Pressure-velocity coupling   SIMPLE
Spatial discretization pressure second-order
momentum second-order upwind
turbulent kinetic energy first-order upwind
turbulent dissipation rate first-order upwind
energy second-order upwind
CO2 second-order upwind
(UHI) Initialization
Initialization method   Standard


At the end of the solution process, two-dimensional contours of pressure, temperature, velocity, air and CO2 mass fraction were obtained in the whole model environment. These two-dimensional contours are drawn in XY and YZ sections. Also, the three-dimensional contours related to pressure, temperature, velocity, air and CO2 mass fraction have been obtained in the area of the CO2 source term.

You can obtain Geometry & Mesh file, and a comprehensive Training Movie which presents how to solve the problem and extract all desired results.


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