Operating characteristics and efficiencies of an active chilled beam terminal unit under variable air volume mode
Date of Issue2015
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Appropriately designing and maintaining temperature and relative humidity in a given space is essential for active chilled beam systems, where condensation should be strictly prevented. As a consequence, the Total Cooling Output Capacity (TCOC) of an active chilled beam system should be matched with the total cooling load of the applied space, as well as the Sensible Heat Ratio (SHR) of the system with the SHR of the space. From such a perspective, this paper for the first time explored the operating characteristics of a 2-way discharge active chilled beam terminal unit. Based on an experimentally verified model of the unit, a series of realistic simulations were carried out under various primary air volume flow rates and various chilled water volume flow rates. Inherent correlations between the TCOC and SHR were revealed. In the meanwhile, the operating efficiencies of the unit were also measured by an energy saving potential index ɛ, which is defined as the ratio of chilled water sensible cooling output capacity to the total sensible cooling output capacity. In addition, influences of different primary air and space conditions on the operating characteristics and efficiencies were studied. The results obtained in this study are expected to facilitate a better understanding of the active chilled beam terminal unit, so as to the designs, the operating principles, and the control strategies of active chilled beam systems for an improved indoor thermal environment.
DRNTU::Engineering::Electrical and electronic engineering::Power electronics
Applied thermal engineering
© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Applied Thermal Engineering, Elsevier Ltd. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2015.03.016].