CFD simulation of the dispersion of exhaust gases in a traffic-loaded street of Astana, Kazakhstan

A. Akhatova, A. Kassymov, M. Kazmaganbetova, L. Rojas-Solórzano

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The aim of this paper is to consider one of the most traffic-loaded regions of Astana city (Kazakhstan) and to determine the concentration of carbon-monoxide (CO) in the air during the peak hours. CFD analysis based on the SolidWorks-EFD platform was used to simulate the dispersion of contaminants given the estimated emission rates and weather conditions at the crossroad of Bogenbay Batyr and Zhenis Avenues in Astana. Turbulence prediction was based on k-ε model with wall functions. The governing equations were discretized using the finite volume method and a 2nd order spatial scheme. The mesh verification was based on 1% convergence criterion for a 50% of mesh density increment; air pressure near the wall of a selected building was chosen as the parameter to control the convergence. Numerical results are presented for prevailing conditions during all 4 seasons of the year, demonstrating that the highest levels of CO are recorded in summer and reach the values up to 11.2 ppm which are still lower than the maximum level admitted for humans. Nevertheless, obtained results show that Astana is gradually becoming a city that is likely to reach the critical levels of pollutants in the nearest future if control measures are not taken with enough anticipation. As for a future work, it is proposed to perform in-situ validation of specific scenarios to check and support the results obtained with CFD and to develop then specific policies for tackling the problem before it becomes evident.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-166
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Urban and Environmental Engineering
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Air pollution
  • CFD
  • Solidworks
  • Street canyon
  • Traffic emissions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Urban Studies

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