Accession Number : ADA188134

Title :   Evaluation of Building Design/Analysis Software for Microcomputers.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

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

Personal Author(s) : Bahnfleth, William ; Herron, Dale ; Ruby, Karen

PDF Url : ADA188134

Report Date : Nov 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 32

Abstract : This report documents the results of an evaluation of microcomputer-based programs for buliding enegry analysis and heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning system designs. The programs were evaluated for ease of use and calculation performance. The study showed that all programs evaluated were suited for use by buliding designers and that no program package could be identified as clearly the best. Each program has a unique set of strengths and weakness. Load-estimating and duct sizing software packages were tested by simple design problems. Load-estimating software performed consistently, although differences is algorithms resulted in clear discrepancies among cooling load predictions. Duct design programs did not agree particularly well, especially with respect to pressure drop calculations. Further performance evaluations are necessary. Information in this report should help designers select the program packages appropriate for their experience level and design application.

Descriptors :   *COOLING, *HEATING, *VENTILATION, *ENERGY CONSUMPTION, AIR CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT, COMPUTATIONS, DUCTS, STRENGTH(GENERAL), ALGORITHMS, PREDICTIONS, MICROCOMPUTERS, PRESSURE, REDUCTION, BUILDINGS, COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, COMPUTER PROGRAMS

Subject Categories : Submarine Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE