Modelling of rooms with active chilled beams

Active chilled beams (ACBs) are often modelled as generic cooling devices. Due to induction, the air flow discharged from an ACB is several times higher than supplied from the air handling unit, and due to its design, it affects the temperature of the ceiling to a greater extent than an arbitrary cooling device.

This paper investigates the impact of taking these features into account when simulating air and operative temperature in a room equipped with an ACB. The building performance simulation software IDA ICE is used for analysis and the simulations are compared with full-scale experiments.

The main findings are that simulations which take into account the features mentioned above correspond more closely with measurements. If designing for a certain operative temperature, this reduces the required design cooling capacity. Although negligible in many applications, the magnitude of this reduction is 9% with high-temperature cooling.

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