Experimental validation of a computational fluid dynamics model for IAQ applications in ice rink arenas

Indoor Air. 2001 Jun;11(2):120-6. doi: 10.1034/j.1600-0668.2001.110206.x.


Many ice rink arenas have ice resurfacing equipment that uses fossil fuel as power. The combustion byproducts are a major source of contamination. Ventilation along with other pollution source control measures is the most widely applied strategy to lower the contaminant level below the threshold limit and maintain acceptable indoor air quality (IAQ). A computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model has been developed and used to predict the contaminant concentrations, air velocity, and air temperature distributions in ice rinks. The numerical results agree reasonably with the corresponding experimental data for both steady-state and transient conditions. The CFD model is a useful and inexpensive tool to investigate ventilation parameters, such as air distribution methods, ventilation effectiveness, air exchange rates, and various ventilation control strategies.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Air Movements
  • Air Pollution, Indoor / analysis*
  • Environmental Exposure
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Humans
  • Models, Theoretical*
  • Skating*
  • Temperature
  • Vehicle Emissions / analysis*


  • Vehicle Emissions