## Cooling calculation

## Cooling calculation

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Could anyone tell me the calculation to work out the cooling load for a chiller on an AHU. The flow rate I've been given is 9m3s and a delta T of 10 degC from 25 down to 15 degC. I know with water we use Q=m.c.dT where m is the flow rate in l/hr and we normally use '1' for 'c' assuming it is water. By the way Q is the load in k/cals/hr. We then convert back to kW by dividing by 860.

I'm not sure if the same formula applies and if so, do I need to convert the 9m3s to m3h?

Please help. I'm under pressure for an answer.

I'm not sure if the same formula applies and if so, do I need to convert the 9m3s to m3h?

Please help. I'm under pressure for an answer.

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But there is that latent load to consider, for which you will need more information that you have given.

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The air tempature is from 25 down to 16, not the water. As you say we would then supply water to the AHU at 6 or 7 degC.

Are there any rules of thumb we can use to calculate approx cooling loads?

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Q is in Btu/hr

cfm is air flow in cubic feet per minute

Delta h is the difference in enthalpy of entering air and leaving air.

HVAC68

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Total heat in Btu/hr = CFM x 1.1 x (T1-T2) + CFM x 0.69143 x (G1 - G2)

Where T1 = °F entering drybulb temperature

T2 = °F leaving dry bulb temperature

G1 = Grains Entering = 7000 x humidity entering in lb moisture / lb dry air

G2 = Grains leaving = 7000 x humidity leaving in lb moisture / lb dry air

The sensible heat Btu/hr = CFM x 1.1 x (T1-T2)

and the Latent Heat Btu/hr = CFM x 0.69143 x (G1-G2)

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Liliput has gievn you some good formulas, but being industrial, do you have a psychrometric chart? and do you understand how one works?

In addition, you work with the metric system which most of us here the US sweep under the rug. I can understand that you sweep our IP system under the rug just as well.

Why don't you post all your data, your system application, especially your geographic location, and we will pull together here and size this thing for you.

Best

## RE: Cooling calculation

In any case, since you have the air quantity with you, the information that's required is

(a) Difference in enthalpy

OR

(b) Difference in dry bulb temperature and difference in specific humidity.

HVAC68

## RE: Cooling calculation

I've work in the process cooling sector (primarily with water chillers) for the last 16 years, so I've no experience in sizing A/C applications. I've looked over my college notes from a long time ago, but can't remember how to use the psychrometric / PH chart.

The spec has changed slightly to 7m3s from 25 degC down to 16 degC. The site location is Killenny in Ireland. Unfortunately this is the only information I have recieved. I'll see if I can get the consultant to supply further info.

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^{0}air temperature. Considering the heat load as purely sensible, you require about 1.1*14818*16.2 = 264057btu/hr or 22TR## RE: Cooling calculation

Assuming air on is 25oCdb and 50%RH, enthalpy: h2 = 52.91 kJ/kg

Assuming air off is 16oCdb and 15.5oCwb, enthalpy: h1 is 43.42 kJ/kg

Mass flow rate: m = 7 m3/s x 1.2kg/m3 = 8.4 kg/s

Specific heat of air: Cp = 1.01 kJ/kg.C

Total cooling = m (h2 - h1) = 8.4 x (52.91 - 43.42) = 79.7kW

Sensible cooling = m Cp (t2 - t1) = 8.4 x 1.01 x (25 - 16) = 76.4kW

As Quark said, cooling is nearly all sensible.

If selecting the coil also remember to add fan kW and any duct heat gains which will increase the coil cooling load.

Note there are online psychrometric calculator such as http://www.linric.com/webpsysi.htm which can be useful or have a look at http://www

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To prevent me annoying you all again, could anyone explain how to work out the following:

1) The enthalpy values.

2) Do I always convert the m3/s (x 1.2) to kg/s for the marcoh's calculation.

3) Do I always use 1.01 for the specific heat of air.

4) Do I simply add the kW rating of the fan motor to the cooling capacity.

I owe you all a pint.

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2. You will get heat load in kW when you use the formula mCpdT using the units of kg/s for mass flow rate, kJ/kg

^{0}C for specific heat and^{0}C for temperature difference. So, kg/sxkJ/kg^{0}Cx^{0}C gives you kJ/s or kW. 1.2kg/m^{3}is the density of standard air.3. Generally, yes.

4. Yes, if you have your motor and fan in the air path. Otherwise check for past threads that discussed this topic.

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The cooling coil sensible load should include the following:

-room sensible heat load (exterior envelope, people sensible, lights and equipment sensibleL

- return fan heat gain

- outdoor air sensible load

- return duct heat gain

- supply fan heat gain

- supply duct heat gain

You should read up on psychrometrics to understand the air process as the return air pics up return duct heat gain, return fan heat then mix with outdoor air to produce the cooiling coil condition. Then you have to work backward from the design room condition to select the cooling coil CFM and leaving air condition such rhat the cooled air will pick up the supply fan heat gain, supply duct heat gain and room heat gain to arrive at the room design conditions.

The cooling coil latent load should include the following:

-outddor air latent load

-people latent load

-equipment latent load if any