Air Curtain Optimization
Air Curtain Optimization


  • Claudio Alanis Ruiz Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Twan van Hooff Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Bert Blocken Eindhoven University of Technology




curtains, air, efficiency, jet, environmental, separation, parameters, temperature


The term “impinging jet” refers to a high-velocity fluid stream that is ejected from a nozzle, a narrow opening or an orifice, and which impinges on a surface. As applied to the built environment, impinging jets are used in air curtains to separate two environments subjected to different environmental conditions with the purpose of improving thermal comfort, air quality, energy efficiency and fire protection in buildings. The design and application of state-of-the-art air curtains requires detailed knowledge of the relationship between the separation efficiency of air curtains—their main performance criterion—and a wide range of jet and environmental parameters involving air curtain design. In order to address the current knowledge gaps in the field, this project encompasses an investigation into the impact of different jet and environmental parameters on the performance of air curtains while giving special attention to the study of innovative jet excitation techniques by means of optimizing the separation efficiency of air curtains. 

This project is being carried out in close collaboration with the air curtain manufacturer ‘Biddle B.V.’.


How to Cite

Alanis Ruiz, C., van Hooff, T., & Blocken, B. (2020). Air Curtain Optimization. SPOOL, 6(2), 47–50.