CONTAM, a multizone model for predicting whole-building airﬂow and contaminant transport, has been updated to improve the speed and accuracy of its transport calculations. CVODE, a general-purpose code for solving ordinary differential equations, brings variable time steps, high-order integration meth¬ods, and automatic error control to CONTAM. We describe the modeling decisions needed to integrate CVODE into CONTAM, then compare it to the original transport solvers on two realistic building models. CVODE can be more accurate when simulating fast transport mechanisms such as sorption, chemical re¬actions, or even high air change rates. In many cases, CVODE also runs faster than the legacy solvers up to 180 times faster in the tests reported here.
Citation: Building and Environment
Pub Type: Journals
Keywords: contaminant, pollutant, transport, simulation, buildings, CONTAM, CVODE