Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 26, Issue 8, pp 8289–8302 | Cite as

Buoyant wind-driven pollutant dispersion and recirculation behaviour in wedge-shaped roof urban street canyons

  • Xiaochun Zhang
  • Zijian Zhang
  • Guokai Su
  • Haowen Tao
  • Wenhao Xu
  • Longhua HuEmail author
Research Article


The present study investigated the buoyant wind-driven pollutant plume dispersion and recirculation behaviour inside urban street canyons formed by buildings with wedge-shaped roofs. Numerical modelling was performed using a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) large eddy simulation (LES). Street canyon models with a strongly buoyant fire source located on the street and environmental winds perpendicular to the canyon were developed using the fire dynamics simulator (FDS). The complex interaction of buoyancy and wind, as well as their combined effects on the pollutant plume dispersion, was simulated inside the urban street canyon. The results showed that the flow pattern of pollutant plume dispersion inside the street canyon with increasing wind speed for different roof inclination angles could be divided into three regimes, including a recirculation regime, a quasi-recirculation regime and a non-recirculation regime. The pollutant levels in the street canyon, as indexed by carbon monoxide (CO) concentration, increased under the recirculation regime. For the quasi-recirculation regime, however, the leeward buildings primarily suffered from the higher pollutant levels. The critical wind speed needed to trigger recirculation was analysed for various roof inclination angles. A correlation was proposed to predict the critical wind speed of various wedge-shaped roof angles for recirculation regime and quasi-recirculation regimes.


Environmental pollution dispersion Urban street canyon Large eddy simulation Wedge-shaped roof Recirculation wind speed 



This work was supported by the National Natural Foundation of China under Grant No. 51506032, the Key Research Program of Frontier Sciences of Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) under Grant No. QYZDB-SSW-JSC029 and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities under Grant No. WK2320000035 and WK2320000038.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiaochun Zhang
    • 1
  • Zijian Zhang
    • 1
  • Guokai Su
    • 1
  • Haowen Tao
    • 1
  • Wenhao Xu
    • 1
  • Longhua Hu
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.School of Environmental Science and EngineeringGuangdong University of TechnologyGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Fire ScienceUniversity of Science and Technology of ChinaHefeiChina

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