Wind Tunnel Analysis of the Airflow through Insect-Proof Screens and Comparison of Their Effect When Installed in a Mediterranean Greenhouse
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Author/sLópez Martínez, Alejandro; Molina Aiz, Francisco Domingo; Valera Martínez, Diego Luis; Peña Fernández, Ana Araceli
The present work studies the effect of three insect-proof screens with different geometrical and aerodynamic characteristics on the air velocity and temperature inside a Mediterranean multi-span greenhouse with three roof vents and without crops, divided into two independent sectors. First, the insect-proof screens were characterised geometrically by analysing digital images and testing in a low velocity wind tunnel. The wind tunnel tests gave screen discharge coefficient values of Cd,φ of 0.207 for screen 1 (10 × 20 threads·cm−2; porosity φ = 35.0%), 0.151 for screen 2 (13 × 30 threads·cm−2; φ = 26.3%) and 0.325 for screen 3 (10 × 20 threads·cm−2; porosity φ = 36.0%), at an air velocity of 0.25 m·s−1. Secondly, when screens were installed in the greenhouse, we observed a statistical proportionality between the discharge coefficient at the openings and the air velocity ui measured in the centre of the greenhouse, ui = 0.856 Cd + 0.062 (R2 = 0.68 and p-value = 0.012). The inside-outside...