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EnergyPlus Direct Steam Humidifiers

asked 2015-03-05 11:55:51 -0600

updated 2015-11-13 17:59:31 -0600

How should one model a direct steam or steam to steam humidifier in EnergyPlus? There is only a Humidifier:Steam:Electric, but this does not add the steam load to a steam boiler loop.

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answered 2015-03-06 11:31:25 -0600

updated 2015-03-06 11:31:49 -0600

Like you say, there is no real steam humidifier object in EnergyPlus. You'll have to be creative: either in post-processing the results from the electric humidifier, or use EMS to drive a steam process loop.

For the EMS solution, you can use the humidifier's water flow rate and/or electric power variables to actuate the process schedule on a separate, closed steam loop. This would at least get at the amount of energy required by the steam loop. You'd then have to subtract the electric power to the humidifier from your total electricity use.

I know it's not ideal, but maybe it's better than nothing.

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Thanks Neal! Hopefully this is on the development list, so we can start reducing the number of work-arounds necessary for modeling basic HVAC systems.

jmcneill gravatar image jmcneill  ( 2015-03-06 15:44:19 -0600 )edit

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