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Heat pipe system OpenStudio

asked 2023-12-05 04:46:04 -0500

DPalma's avatar

updated 2023-12-05 07:42:27 -0500


I'm modelling an AHU (Air Handling Unit) which has a system called "heat pipe" as you can see in the picture below.

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I've been looking for information on how to model this type of system but haven't found anything. Any ideas?

I've seen that in EnergyPlus there is the object: CoilSystem:CoolingWater:HeatExchangerAssiste, which works similarly but i haven't found it in OpenStudio.

Thanks :)

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answered 2023-12-05 18:20:51 -0500

Greg Estep's avatar

A heat pipe is a refrigeration loop that does not require a compressor. As your image shows, it straddles the cooling coil and is used for dehumidification reheat. I would recommend using the desuperheater object as an alternative to the heat pipe.


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answered 2023-12-05 07:53:45 -0500

The OpenStudio CLI/SDK does support the CoilSystemCoolingWaterHeatExchangerAssisted object. Indeed, it doesn't look like the OpenStudio Application supports it - yet? You're left with 2 options IMO in the short term:

  • develop an API script and/or measure (Ruby, Python, etc.), similar to this .rb file
  • hack your .osm file so it reflects the required components in this corresponding .osm file
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Thank you for your answer. Do you think there might be a way to simplify the system? Maybe use Coil:heating/cooling:DX and force the power consumption to be 0W?

DPalma's avatar DPalma  ( 2023-12-05 08:40:04 -0500 )edit

@DPalma , I defer to more knowledgeable E+ users (re: detailed input on heat pipe exchangers) - hopefully they'll chime in. Re-reading your post, I now notice that I've only answered your 2nd question (re: OpenStudio support). The object does seem to fit your needs, though. Unfortunately, few previous posts on the topic (e.g. here )

Denis Bourgeois's avatar Denis Bourgeois  ( 2023-12-05 09:13:01 -0500 )edit

I also think it could be an option. Although I am concerned about the heat exchange between the warm outside air and the cold supply air. I would be omitting the part where the air gives up heat through a refrigerant (they are after all different thermal properties and conditions).

DPalma's avatar DPalma  ( 2023-12-05 09:18:00 -0500 )edit

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