Ventilation, Airflow and Contaminant Transport in Buildings


Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

Students holding a bachelor degree from another university than Aalborg University must pass the course Problem Based Learning and Project Management at Aalborg University, prior to sitting the exam.

The module builds on knowledge gained in the modules Numerical Methods, Fluid Mechanics and Computational Fluid Dynamics, Building Related Fluid Mechanics or similar.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module


Students who complete the module:

Learning objectives


  • Must understand the theoretical and experimental assessment of heat, mass, and momentum transfer in ventilated enclosures.
  • Must understand the relationship between the thermal comfort, indoor air quality and health issues and the heat, mass and momentum transfer in the micro-environment of a human being


  • Must be able to develop and perform model and/or full-scale experiments related to fluid flow and contaminant transport in ventilated enclosures
  • Must be able to measure, evaluate and further develop various flow elements for typical room air distribution systems.
  • Must be able to perform CFD simulations in ventilation settings including the establishment of proper boundary conditions.
  • Must have the ability to design and evaluate different types of air distribution systems in a room and in a building.


  • Must be able to identify and discuss the optimal solution for an air distribution system based on theory and/or experiments
  • Must be able to perform and reflect on experiments related to personal exposure assessment and contaminant transport
  • Must be able to communicate the results of the project work in a project report
  • Must be able to contribute successfully to teamwork within the problem area and make a common presentation of the result of the project work

Type of instruction

Project work with supervision supplemented with instructions, workshops, presentation seminars, lab tests, etc.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 15 ECTS project module, the workload is expected to be 450 hours for the student.



Name of examVentilation, Airflow and Contaminant Transport in Buildings
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Oral exam based on presentation seminar and project rapport.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentAs stated in the Joint Programme Regulations.

Facts about the module

Danish titleVentilation, luftstrømninger og forureningstransport i bygninger
Module codeB-IE-K1-1
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionDanish and English
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module
Time allocation for external examinersB


Study BoardStudy Board of Civil Engineering
DepartmentDepartment of Civil Engineering
FacultyFaculty of Engineering and Science