CFD prediction of wind environment and snowdrift around a building

Akashi Mochida, Yoshihide Tominaga, Hiroshi Yoshino, Tsubasa Okaze, Takayuki Shida

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This paper presents the results of CFD prediction of drifting snow around a cubic building model. The present work numerically simulates a three-dimensional turbulent flow including the transport of snow. Here, the modified k-ε model proposed by Durbin was used. Transport equation for snowdrift density was solved to represent the suspension of snow particles. Snowdrift flux in saltation layer was evaluated by the model proposed by Pomeroy et al. The snow entrainment, subsequent deposition and erosion were calculated using the mass balance equation of snow in the Control Volume adjacent to the snow surface. Accuracy of the numerical predictions was assessed by comparing their results with those obtained by the field measurement conducted by Oikawa et al.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-18
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Harbin Institute of Technology (New Series)
Issue numberSUPPL.
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Jan 1


  • CFD
  • Cubic model
  • Saltation
  • Snowdrift
  • Suspension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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