Current knowledge and research needs concerning room air and air contaminant distribution were defined, based on the results of a working symposium. The technology for controlling air distribution and air quality within rooms was considered to be the single most important opportunity in the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning industry. The most important research and development areas identified included the need for proven mathematical models of air motion, source emission and sink removal characteristics, standardized measurements for room air and air contaminants, the development of a scaling theory, methods for characterizing room air and air contaminant conditions, and reliable sensors of indoor air quality, humidity, and air speed which are practical for building use. Topics discussed included: measurement techniques, mathematical modeling, physical modeling, and descriptive methods. International perspectives on measurement and predictive methods were presented.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc., NIOSH Purchase Order Report 936810, 274 pages, 523 references