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Coil sizing check in E+

asked 2016-01-25 10:50:33 -0500

ngkhanh gravatar image

updated 2017-05-08 15:45:46 -0500

Hello, i would like to manually verify DX coil sizing in zonal equipment. The zone coil load should include ventilation and infiltration latent load. But unfortunately E+ standard report doesn't have them in desired format (g/kg instead of W). Update from Mr. Rraustad suggestion and E+ documentation : input as follow : image description Bases on psychrometric coil sizing formula :

set  standard air density (1,2 kg/ m3)

mixed air flow = User Calc air flow =0.884 m3/s = 0.857(return air flow) +0.027 (outdoor air flow)

Enthalpy outdoor (36oC, 0.02207g/kg) = 92.87 kJ/kg ;Enthalpy return air/room air (26oC, 0.01138 g/kg) = 55.21 kJ/kg

 Enthalpy supply air (14oC, 0.009 g/kg) = 36.87 kJ/kg

 Enthalpy mix = ( Outdoor air enthalpy * Outdoor air flow + Return air flow * Return outdoor enthalpy)/mixed air flow = 56.37 kJ/kg -> air temperature = 26.3 oC air density = 1.157 kg/m3 

   Performance CAPFT : x = mixed air wetbulb = 19.68 oC , y = outdoor drybulb = 36 oC

CapFT= 1.5509 + (-0.07505) * 19.68 + 0.0031 * 19.68^2 + 0.0024 * 36 + (0.00005) * 36^2 + 36 * 19.68 *(-0.00043) = 1.121

Coil capacity =  (Enthalpy mix - Enthalpy sizing zone ) * (air density) *  (airflow) /  (CapFT) 
                    =     (55.21 - 36.87) * 1.157 * 0.884 /1.121 = 17782 W

The coil report for PTAC :image description

Great Thanks to Mr Rraustad for validation.

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Which E+ reports are you looking at?

rraustad gravatar imagerraustad ( 2016-01-25 12:21:51 -0500 )edit

i look at component sizing summary and equipment summary reports. i focus on basic sizing calculations of local system like PTHP, PTAC, VAV box,...

ngkhanh gravatar imagengkhanh ( 2016-01-25 13:41:07 -0500 )edit

I stepped through the PTHP example file last night and found a match to the DX cooling coil size. I'll have to repeat that tonight. Or if you send me your file, I'll validate your coil.

rraustad gravatar imagerraustad ( 2016-02-02 08:38:07 -0500 )edit

Please check here IDF link i made thermal zone 101 sizing different with other .

ngkhanh gravatar imagengkhanh ( 2016-02-02 10:51:02 -0500 )edit

Your file: Mixed T = 26.27, w = 0.01171, WB = 19.71, H = 56.248, rho = 1.1566, flow = 0.8838 CapFT = 1.12193, SupplyH = 36.81, Q = (56248-36810) * 1.1566 * 0.8838 / 1.12193 = 17710.2 W compared to 17712.08 W (rounding)

rraustad gravatar imagerraustad ( 2016-02-02 12:38:45 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-01-25 14:31:54 -0500

updated 2016-01-26 20:16:23 -0500

The Component Sizing Summary and Equipment Summary in the table reports show the DX coil size as total capacity (sensible + latent) reported as W (or Btu/hr if requested). The zone load is reported as sensible energy to meet the zone thermostat set point temperature. Ventilation and Infiltration are included in the coil sizing if these OA components are included in the model. The coil airflow is sized to meet the zone sensible load, and then includes the DX coil capacity as a function of temperature performance curve to calculate the coil's design total capacity.

$$ Q_{coil} = \frac {\rho V ({h_{in} - h_{out})}}{CapFT}$$

$Q_{coil}$ = coil total cooling capacity (sensible + latent)
$\rho$ = coil inlet air density
V = zone air volume flow rate determined by sizing routine (see *zsz.csv)
$h_{in}$ = coil inlet air enthalpy at peak time including OA
$h_{out}$ = coil outlet air enthalpy as specified in Sizing:Zone object
CapFT = capacity as a function of temperature curve output at coil inlet air temperatures

Update based on comment: The HVAC Sizing Summary report will show the values for User Design Air Flow. The indoor temperature and humidity ratio shown here does not include outdoor air. If OA is used, calculate a mixed air inlet condition using the OA fraction (OA flow/user design flow). Then use the mixed air condition to calculate coil inlet air density and enthalpy. The CapFT value is determined by entering the Indoor/Outdoor Temperature, converted to wet-bulb temperature, at Peak Load into the performance curve to find the value used in the coil sizing model.

The OA included in the coil sizing equation is the OA mixed with return air at the outdoor air system mixing box. This mixing of OA impacts the coil inlet air conditions. Infiltration will show up in the zone indoor conditions reported in HVAC Sizing Summary.

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Thank a lot for formula. But it's hard to determine all those input with standard report of E+ for zonal equip like PTAC. i got from HVAC sizing summary Cooling Sensible - User Design Load (W) - it's same as zone component load summary report for sensible peak load. But how to get coil total cooling capacity (sensible + latent) form that value? i divided Cooling Sensible - User Design Load (W) with Design Size Gross Rated Sensible Heat Ratio in Component sizing summary and it often 9 % less than Design Size Gross Rated Total Cooling Capacity in Component Sizing Summary report

ngkhanh gravatar imagengkhanh ( 2016-01-26 09:27:36 -0500 )edit

I try to figure your suggestion for infiltration. In HVAC sizing summary has only

Indoor Temperature at Peak Load [C] Indoor Humidity Ratio at Peak Load [kgWater/kgAir]  Outdoor Temperature at Peak Load [C]    Outdoor Humidity Ratio at Peak Load [kgWater/kgAir] Minimum Outdoor Air Flow Rate [m3/s]    Heat Gain Rate from DOAS [W]

so infiltration load should be calculation as outdoor enthalpy minus indoor enthaply then multiply with design infiltration rate and schedule factor ?

ngkhanh gravatar imagengkhanh ( 2016-01-26 12:10:29 -0500 )edit

If you are interested only in coil sizing, then infiltration will impact zone load and zone conditions. The values for indoor temperature and humidity ratio include the impact of infiltration and is therefore included in the sizing equation shown above.

rraustad gravatar imagerraustad ( 2016-01-26 20:14:27 -0500 )edit

in case indoor temperature and humidity include the impact infiltration, should i take the grand total latent value included infiltration latent load in Estimated Cooling Peak Load Components when checking total load for dehumidifying coil sizing ?

ngkhanh gravatar imagengkhanh ( 2016-02-08 08:37:22 -0500 )edit

The infiltration load will be included in the reported coil total load since the coil entering air conditions will include the impact of infiltration.

rraustad gravatar imagerraustad ( 2016-02-08 08:56:38 -0500 )edit

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