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A Numerical Simulation Approach for Atmospheric Pollution Evolution at Urban Scale to Help Traffic Control Decision Making

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Davide Basso, Carlo Cravero

Universitá di Genova, Genova, Italy

Paper No. ESDA2012-82028, pp. 11-19; 9 pages
  • ASME 2012 11th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis
  • Volume 2: Applied Fluid Mechanics; Electromechanical Systems and Mechatronics; Advanced Energy Systems; Thermal Engineering; Human Factors and Cognitive Engineering
  • Nantes, France, July 2–4, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: International
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4485-4
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


For a town with complex orography and frequently varying winds, like Genova on the Italian Northern coast, the need for a simulation environment to predict the pollutant evolution according to a given traffic load, would be of utmost importance. A simulation approach based on 3D CFD has been developed keeping in mind the final application: it use for decision making. Several meshes have been set up and their effects on the solution evaluated in order to strike a balance between the quality of physical modelling and the computational resources required to handle it. The aim is that of getting useful results in a short timescale (one/two days). The evolution of the 3D flow and the pollutants has been simulated for two reference days with a time resolution of one hour. The effect of the daily evolution of the wind, heat release and pollution emission (traffic) over 24 hours is highlighted and discussed.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME



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