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Document Type

Campus Access

Degree Program

Mechanical Engineering

Degree Type

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (M.S.M.E.)

Year Degree Awarded

2013

Month Degree Awarded

September

Keywords

Chilled water system, Energy efficiency, software, Efficiency improvements

Abstract

Chilled water systems constitute a major portion of energy consumption in air conditioning systems of commercial buildings and process cooling of manufacturing plants. These systems do not operate optimally in most of the cases because of the operating parameters set and/or the components used. A Chilled water system analysis tool software (CWSAT) is developed as a primary screening tool for energy evaluation. This tool quantifies the energy usage of the various chilled water systems and typical measures that can be applied to these systems to conserve energy. The tool requires minimum number of inputs to analyze the component-wise energy consumption and incurred overall cost. This thesis also examines various energy conservation measures that are available for chilled water systems. The components, arrangements, and the common energy conservation opportunities for chilled water systems are presented. The new version of the tool is developed in Object Oriented Programming Language Microsoft Visual Basic.Net© to maintain the tool latest with current technology, add and expand capabilities and avoid obsolescence. Many Improvements to the previous tool are made to improve quality and the types of the systems the tool can handle. The development of the new routines and interfaces is also accommodated in the new version to make the tool universal. In order to determine the accuracy of the new version of the tool, a comparison is made between the results from the previous and new version of the tool. The results of the comparisons are presented.

First Advisor

Dragoljub Kosanovic

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