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Air Loop Heating Load is zero

asked 2018-07-02 04:44:57 -0600

updated 2018-07-02 08:46:27 -0600

I'm trying to get confidence with the AirLoopHVAC system (E+ 8.8), before applying it to complex models, so I built a simple 2 zone building, with an air loop served by a boiler and chiller, to supply conditioned air to both zones. You can find the model here.

The heating load (as well as the autosized values for the hot water loop) is always zero. Probably there is some mistake in the setpoint definition. I checked the InputOutput and example files to see what kind of error I'm doing, but I couldn't find it. If anyone could have a look at it, it would be very helpful.

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answered 2018-07-09 10:31:29 -0600

2 things are preventing boiler operation in this file.

The heating design supply air temperature is too low, resulting in zero desing load on the central heating coil.

Sizing:System,
VAV Sys 1,               !- AirLoop Name
<snip>
12.8,                    !- Central Cooling Design Supply Air Temperature {C}
16.7,                    !- Central Heating Design Supply Air Temperature {C}

The boiler water flow rate is zero, this field has no default which becomes zero. Should be autosize or a value.

Boiler:HotWater,
Boiler,                  !- Name
NaturalGas,              !- Fuel Type
10000,                   !- Nominal Capacity {W}
0.9,                     !- Nominal Thermal Efficiency
,                        !- Efficiency Curve Temperature Evaluation Variable
,                        !- Normalized Boiler Efficiency Curve Name
,                        !- Design Water Outlet Temperature {C}
,                        !- Design Water Flow Rate {m3/s}
,                        !- Minimum Part Load Ratio

Once these are fixed, you may already realize that this will supply 21C air to both zones whenever the airloop is operating. There is nothing here to link thermostat control to the system.

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