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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2014, Article ID 760713, 9 pages
Research Article

Analysis of Change in the Wind Speed Ratio according to Apartment Layout and Solutions

1School of Architecture, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan 712-749, Republic of Korea
2Department of Architecture Engineering, Chonbuk National Uinversity, 567 Baekje-daero, Deokjin-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do 561-756, Republic of Korea

Received 7 November 2013; Accepted 24 December 2013; Published 4 February 2014

Academic Editors: T. Bilir and P. Liu

Copyright © 2014 Won-gil Hyung et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Apartment complexes in various forms are built in downtown areas. The arrangement of an apartment complex has great influence on the wind flow inside it. There are issues of residents’ walking due to gust occurrence within apartment complexes, problems with pollutant emission due to airflow congestion, and heat island and cool island phenomena in apartment complexes. Currently, the forms of internal arrangements of apartment complexes are divided into the flat type and the tower type. In the present study, a wind tunnel experiment and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation were performed with respect to internal wind flows in different apartment arrangement forms. Findings of the wind tunnel experiment showed that the internal form and arrangement of an apartment complex had significant influence on its internal airflow. The wind velocity of the buildings increased by 80% at maximum due to the proximity effects between the buildings. The CFD simulation for relaxing such wind flows indicated that the wind velocity reduced by 40% or more at maximum when the paths between the lateral sides of the buildings were extended.