Accession Number : ADA115182

Title :   Validation Data for Mechanical System Algorithms Used in Building Energy Analysis Programs.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL

Personal Author(s) : Dolan,William

PDF Url : ADA115182

Report Date : Feb 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 177

Abstract : This report describes a study which collected data developers can use to validate the algorithms used by building energy analysis computer programs to model system and central plant performance of typical heating, cooling, and ventilating (HVAC) systems. Building energy analysis programs compute (1) loads imposed on building environmental control systems for each zone, (2) loads imposed on central equipment (using the zone loads and system performance algorithms), and (3) the primary energy demanded by the central- and zone-specific components. The information collected during this study made it possible to compare actual system performances with computer-generated results of system performances. In addition, this study identified some problems common to HVAC systems, including (1) often unreliable controls performance such as drifting away from calibration and poor repeatability, and (2) as-delivered components which do not operate at manufacturers' specifications.

Descriptors :   *Heating plants, *Air conditioning equipment, *Ventilation, Operation, Buildings, Energy consumption, Machines, Mechanical components, Performance(Engineering), Computerized simulation, Algorithms

Subject Categories : Air Condition, Heating, Lighting & Ventilating

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE