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1 saving energy in comfort Factsheet Recair Enthalpy

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3 Introduction Enthalpy Exchanger The enthalpy exchanger is able to transfer both sensible heat and latent heat (moisture) from the cooled to the heated flow. The flows can cyclic be interchanged (typical 0 min period) by 4 integrated motorized valves. After changing, the condensing and cooling air will flow through the ducts of the former opposite air, and vice versa. Condensate and ice will evaporate in the opposite flow during the next cycle. If the exchange of latent heat is (partly) unwanted, the interchanging of flows is stopped (or done at asymmetric periods). In cold conditions, sensible and latent heat are recuperated, preventing a dry in-door climate. The sublimation of ice prevents freezing of the heat exchanger. During hot and wet conditions, air is cooled and dehumidified. Waste air will increase in temperature and moisture. Depending on the temperatures and humidity s, the total sum of the latent and sensible heat transferred (the enthalpy) may increase by a factor of 2,5 as compared to the sensible heat in a normal heat exchanger. Figure. Enthalpy exchanger The objectives of the enthalpy exchanger are: recover sensible and latent heat control the amount of recovered latent heat prevent freezing of recuperator limit the extra pressure loss caused by condensate and ice control the humidity in the building 2 Definitions air from, or outside indoor used air from indoor, air from the building air, provided to the building used air, discharged to outside flow [kg/h] mass flow of the air flow used [kg/h] mass flow of the used air T [K] temperature [= temperature C] + 273,5 RH [%] relative humidity between 0 and 00 SP [Pa] saturation pressure, the maximum vapor pressure of an air/moisture mixture RH = 00) = f(t) PP [Pa] partial pressure, the vapor pressure of an air/moisture mix-ture = f(t, RH) MM [kg/kg] mass moisture relative to the mass of air TC [K] temperature of condensation, the temperature a air/moisture mixture starts to condense 3

4 953,7 SP = 00 e ( 7,433- ) SP =, T 9, T,27095 PP = SP RH 00 MM = ρ0 moisture moisture ρ0 air air PP P atm atm PP Constants P atm [Pa] 0325 (atmospheric pressure) ρ0 moisture [kg/m 3 ] 0,8037 specific mass of 0 C, P atm ρ0 air [kg/m 3 ],293 specific mass of 0 C, P atm Calculations T ρ(t) = ρ0 T ρ(t) ρ0 273,5 273,5 T (2.) ρ(t) T = ρ0 273,5 273,5 ε [-] generally used definition of the thermal effectiveness (2.2) of the air. ε = = ε = = T -T -T indoor indoor -T T indoor -T -T T indoor indoor -T -T ε T -T [-] the thermal effectiveness (2.2) of the air. (2.2) (2.7a) for TC gives an accurate calculation for the condensation temperature, (2.7b) gives an easier to use approximation. TC = e ( [ 953,7 ]),27095 ln 7,433-ln(0,0 PP TC = 98 PP 0,05054 (2.7a) (2.7b) In computer language: SP 00*Exp(7, ,7*Exp(-,27095*Ln(T))) MM 62,5778*(PP/(P atm -PP)) TC Exp((/,27095)*Ln(953,7/(7,433- Ln(0,0*PP)))) ε = = ε = = T indoor indoor -T indoor -T indoor indoor -T T indoor indoor -T -T T indoor indoor -T -T (2.4a) for SP gives an accurate calculation for the saturation pressure (2.4b) gives an easier to use 953,7 approximation. 953,7 SP = 00 e ( 7,433- SP 00 7,433- ) T,27095, ,7 953,7 SP 00,625,27095 SP =, e ( 0 0 7, ,433- T ) 9, 9, -44 9, T,27095,27095 PP SP SP =,625 SP,625 RH RH 0 PP = SP T 9, 9, 9, RH PP PP = SP SP RH T,27095 (2.3) (2.4a) (2.4b) (2.5) MM = MM MM MM = ρ0 moisture ρ0 moisture ρ0 moisture air ρ0 air air ρ0 ρ0 moisture moisture moisture moisture ρ0 ρ0 air air air air PP PP P atm atm PP atm PP PP PP P atm atm atm atm PP PP (2.6) TC 953,7,27095 ln 953,7 TC = e ( [ ]),27095 ln 7,433-ln(0,0 953,7 ]),27095 ln 7,433-ln(0,0 PP PP 7,433-ln(0,0 PP TC 953,7 TC = e ( [ 953,7 ]) 7,433-ln(0,0 7,433-ln(0,0 PP PP PP 4,27095,27095 TC = 98,27095 ln PP 0,05054 ln 0,05054 TC 98 PP 0,05054

5 3 Positions of the valves Figure 3.2 Symmetrical position All 4 valves can be controlled separately. The valves have been numbered to uniquely define their mutual positions, see fig. 3.. indoor Figure 3. Valve numbering 2 3 control print valve 4 valve Figure 3.3 Symmetrical 2 position valve 3 valve 2 indoor Depending on the and indoor conditions different positions are preferred. Fig. 3.2 and 3.3 show the positions of the valves and the flow for the most common positions of the enthalpy recuperator. These 2 positions are called the symmetrical positions. The and air flow, both flow the same distance through the enthalpy exchangers. This is the reason these positions are called symmetrical. In both positions the directions of the flows outside the Recair Enthalpy are unchanged. In the symmetrical position valve = down; valve 2 = up; valve 3 = up; valve 4 = down. In the symmetrical 2 position valve = up; valve 2 = down; valve 3 = down; valve 4 = up. The symmetrical 2 position is the standby position. This is the position which should be used when the switching is off or when no moisture (or a part of) will be recuperated. The condense from the air must be discharged when valve is up. 2 3 The asymmetric positions can be used if and indoor are mounted reversed (compared to symmetric) to the recuperator, or and are mounted reversed, depending on the positions of the fans. It is possible to change between symmetric and asymmetric positions, in this case the insert and extract from the building is changed. The asymmetrical 2 position should be used when the switching is off or when no moisture (or a part of) will be recuperated. The condense from the air must be discharged when valve is up. In position asymmetrical valve = down; valve 2 = up; valve 3 = down; valve 4 = up. In position asymmetrical 2 valve = up; valve 2 = down; valve 3 = up; valve 4 = down. 5

6 Figure 3.4 Asymmetrical position Figure % Bypass position 2 3 indoor 2 Figure 3.5 Asymmetrical 2 position 3 indoor 2 3. Bypass To create a 00 % bypass the 2 valves on one side can be positioned both up or down. In this case one or two flows can be completely blocked, and 00 % of the air will bypass the heat exchanger. Fig. 3.6 shows one of the 4 possible bypass configurations. 3.2 Shortcut All valves can be forced in any position between halfway up and down. This creates a short cut between 2 flows at the same side of the recuperator. For example directly from to or from indoor to. This might be useful when a condenser or evaporator of a heat pump is placed between the enthalpy exchanger and, or between the enthalpy exchanger and. Extra air can be forced over the condenser or evaporator, or recirculation of indoor air is possible. This feature is not useful for balanced ventilation units without heating or cooling equipment. Fig. 3.7 shows the recuperator with valve #2 slightly opened. Figure 3.7 Recuperator with valve #2 slightly opened 2 6

7 RH > RH T > T T > TC indoor T < 0 T < TC indoor 4 Control RH indoor < RH set (4.3) The control of the Recair enthalpy can be divided into 2 parts: winter situations, when the temperature < indoor temperature summer situations, when the temperature > indoor temperature Switching of the valves should be started: TC. to prevent > T indoor an increase of pressure loss due to condensation and/or ice 2. before water will roll down. Water will roll down as RHsoon as the water layer on the walls will be indoor > RH set T indoor > T set transformed in droplets. The control depends on the next parameters: T indoor [K] the indoor temperature RH indoor [-] the indoor relative humidity TC [K] the condensation temperature of the air in summer situation, or the condensation temperature of the air in winter situation T [K] the temperature RH [-] the relative humidity T set [K] the preferred temperature RH set [-] the preferred relative humidity 4. Winter situation Independent on the RH set and the RH indoor 2 rules should be obeyed.. If the temperatures and humidity s are such that no condensation is possible (equation (4.), switching the valves has no influence on the amount of heat transferred. T > TC indoor (4.) T2. To prevent > TC freezing indoor the valves should always be T switched when both conditions of (4.2) are true. < 0 T < TC indoor T < 0 and T < TC indoor (4.2) RH indoor < RH set 4.. Frequency of switching The RHmain indoor < reason RH set to recover the moisture is to prevent a dry TC indoor climate and to recover the latent heat. If > T indoor equation (4.3) is true moisture recovery is necessary. The increase in pressure loss due to condensate in the recuperator is small. Even during extreme (winter) conditions the increase in pressure loss is < 0, Pa/min. Water may flow down when the thickness of the water layer on the walls of the recuperator is > 00 µm. During extreme (winter)conditions the increase in thickness is < 3 µm/min. To prevent a loss of recuperated moisture due to changing weather conditions the frequency of switching < 0 min is preferred. When the temperature is below 0 and above -5, the advised interval is 0 minutes. However if the temperature drops below -5 it is best to increase switching frequency to every 4 minutes in order to prevent freezing of the valves Asynchronic interval It is possible to control the amount of recuperated moisture. When the interval is asynchronic (for example min) only a part of the moisture is recuperated. By changing the intervals it is possible to control the RH indoor. The longer period should always be in the position in which the valve is up so condensation water can flow out. The effect of the asynchronic control compared with an on/off control of the switching is small. The relative long periods of 0 min makes it hard to control the RH exactly. More frequent switching leads to a narrower temperature and humidity control band, but increases the virtual leak! TC > T indoor RH indoor > RH set T indoor > T set 7

8 T > TC indoor 4.2 Summer situation In summer situations it is possible to recuperate moisture from T the < 0 air flow T to the < TC indoor air flow. The amount of transferred energy is higher and the Ttemperature > TC of indoor the air will be lower. Recuperation of RHmoisture indoor < RH is only set pos sible when the air is able to condensate, see (4.4). T < 0 T < TC indoor TC > T indoor (4.4) 4.2. RH indoor Frequency < RH set of switching The RH indoor main > reason RH set to recover T indoor the > T moisture set is to discard sensible heat and/or dehumidify the indoor climate. Switching TC > the T indoor valves is necessary if (4.4) is true and one of equations in (4.5) is true. RH indoor > RH set or T indoor > T set (4.5) Depending on the climate, the amount of condensation in summer situations can be much higher than in winter conditions. Switching of the valves should be started:. to prevent an increase of pressure loss due to condensation 2. before water will roll down Figure 4. Temperatures in the recuperator temperature [ C] time [min] indoor Asynchronic interval It is possible to control the amount of recuperated moisture. When the interval is asynchronic (for example min) only a part of the moisture is recuperated. By changing the intervals it is possible to control the RH indoor. Asynchronic intervals will be rare. In almost all situations when T > T indoor and TC > T indoor cooling and dehumidification is necessary. The increase in pressure loss due to condensate in the recuperator is small. Even during extreme (summer) conditions the increase in pressure loss is < 0,3 Pa/min. Water may flow down when the thickness of the water layer on the walls of the recuperator is > 00 µm. During extreme (summer)conditions the increase in thickness is < 0 µm/min. The amount of evaporation during one period is not constant. The used air will evaporate the amount of condensate during the first part of a period. During the evaporation T will be relative low, even below T indoor. When all water is evaporated, T will increase. Fig. 4. shows this effect for a 0 min changing interval (indoor 22 C 60%; 25 C 90%). For reasons of comfort the switching frequency should be relative large, every 4 min is recommended. 8

9 5 Enthalpy effectiveness The definition according to (5.) is used in European EN and American ARI norms but useless, all effectivenesses from - to are possible. For example (fig. 5.) the enthalpies of indoor and are equal, and the temperatures are different, resulting in an infinite effectiveness! ε -enthalpy = enthalpy - enthalpy (5.) enthalpy indoor - enthalpy The amount of energy transferred depends on the indoor and conditions. The sensible effectiveness is enthalpy ε - enthalpy defined -enthalpy = according to (2.). To show the effect of the enthalpy indoor - enthalpy moisture transfer, the enthalpy effectiveness can be defined according to (5.2): ε -enthalpy = ε -enthalpy = transferred sensible heat + latent heat potential sensible heat transfer mcp (T -T ) + m hc(mm - mm ) mcp (T indoor - T ) (5.2) = Figure 5. Psychrometric diagram of 2 conditions with transferred sensible heat + latent heat ε -enthalpy = equal enthalpy = potential sensible heat transfer ε -enthalpy = 20 mcp (T -T ) + m hc(mm - mm ) mcp (T indoor - T ) temperature [ C] 22 C 60% 28 C 32% moisture content [g/kg] The nominator is the addition of the recuperated sensible heat and the recuperated latent heat. It is divided by the total possible sensible heat. According to this definition the effectiveness may exceed 00 %. Fig 5.2 shows the sensible effectiveness (2.2) and the enthalpy effectiveness (5. and (5.2)) and the amount of recuperated moisture for winter conditions. The fig. 5.2 shows the results for: T indoor 20 C RH indoor 60 % T variable RH 80 % TC indoor 2 C flow 50 m 3 /h type recuperator ε -enthalpy > ε RE400 for temperatures < 2 C. RH=0 RH=20 RH=40 RH=60 RH=80 RH=00 iso-enthalpy-line indoor and condition 9

10 Figure 5.2 Effectivenesses and recuperated moisture as a function of the outside temperature for winter conditions effectiveness [-] 2,5 0,5 0-0, Fig 5.3 shows the sensible effectiveness (2.2) and the enthalpy effectiveness (5.) and (5.2) and the amount of recuperated moisture for summer conditions. The figure shows the results for: T indoor 22 C RH indoor 50 % T variable RH 80 % TC variable flow 50 m 3 h type recuperator Recair enthalpy 400 mm ε -enthalpy > ε for temperatures > 25 C. Figure 5.3 Effectivenesses and recuperated moisture as a function of the outside temperature for summer conditions 3 temperature outside [ C],2 0,8 0,6 0,4 0, enthalpy (5.) enthalpy (2.) enthalpy (5.2) moisture transfer,2 moisture transfer [g/kg] Though an effectiveness > 00 % seems odd, this definition shows the difference between only sensible and enthalpy recuperation and resembles the COP used with heat pumps. 6 Leakage All Recair heat exchangers are tested on leakage. The average leakage is 0,5 % of the nominal flow. The virtual leakage caused by the switching of the valves is small. In most situations the switching interval is 0 min, switching lasts < s. The volume between 2 valves will leak (~28 l for RE400). The average total leakage (leakage without switching + leakage due to switching) < 0,6 % of the nominal flow. This is small compared to the average leakage of full applications (typical several percent). 7 Pressure loss and effectiveness The pressure loss and sensible effectiveness are a function of the flow. The enthalpy effectiveness is determined by the indoor and outdoor conditions (see fig. 5.2 and 5.3). Also the sensible effectiveness and pressure loss is slightly influenced by the indoor and. Calculations for special flows and conditions can be performed by Recair. Fig. 7. and 7.2 show the effectiveness and pressure loss as a function of the flow for dry conditions. 2,5 effectiveness [-] 2,5 0,5 0,8 0,6 0,4 0,2 moisture transfer [g/kg] temperature outside [ C] enthalpy (5.) enthalpy (2.) enthalpy (5.2) moisture transfer 0 0

11 Figure 7. Sensible effectiveness as a function of the flow 8 Dimensions Figure 8. Dimensions of the Recair Enthalpy effectiveness [-] RE400 RE250 flow [m 3 /h] RE 250 RE 400 Figure 7.2 Pressure loss as a function of the flow 40 height [mm] width [mm] length [mm] weight [kg] 6, pressure loss [Pa] Exact dimensions will be provided on demand in a 3D-dxf file or IGS file RE400 RE250 flow [m 3 /h]

12 9 Connection The Enthalpy recuperator can be connected in two possible ways, serial and digital. The serial connection gives more possibilities.the valves have been numerated to uniquely define their mutual positions, see fig. 9.. Figure 9. Valve numbering The recuperator can be symmetrically (fig. 3.2 and 3.3) or asymmetrically (fig. 3.4 and 3.5) or bypassed (fig. 3.6) crossed by the air flows. The following valve positions are then possible: Table 9. Possible combinations of valve positions, their names and commands valve valve 2 valve 3 valve 4 position flow pattern command control print down up up down symmetrical SM up down down up 2 standby SM 2 valve valve 4 down up down up 3 asymmetrical SM 3 up down up down 4 SM 4 down down down down 5 full bypass SM 5 down down up up 6 SM 6 up up down down 7 SM 7 valve 3 up up up up 8 SM 8 After execution of the init command, the valves are positioned according to the SM 3 command. valve 2 The control print is at the side where the control cable leaves the enthalpy recuperator. It is advised to keep this side on the warm side to increase life expectancy. A total of 8 positions of the 4 valves are needed to let the enthalpy recuperator function properly. Each valve can be in the bottom position (indicated with down) or in the top position (indicated with up). Further the valves can individually be partially opened for the short cut functions. The enthalpy control uses the exact valve positions in operation. For the enthalpy exchanger to work properly, these positions need to be registered after each start up. This registering is made possible by the initialization sequence, which is run automatically after it received the command init. Every time the enthalpy exchanger is powered up, the initialisation is necessary, previously registered valve positions are lost. 9. Control cable The control cable (fig. 9.2) consists of 0 lines for power supply, serial interface RS485 and digital interface. Figure 9.2 Control cable 2

13 Table 9.2 Main connector cables Contact Description Colour Contact Usupply 24 V brown 2 Gnd red 9 3 Data (B) orange 2 4 Data + (A) yellow 0 5 Digital out green 3 6 Gnd blue 7 Digital in violet 4 8 Digital in 2 grey 2 9 Digital in 3 white 5 0 Digital in 4 black Serial communication The enthalpy heat exchanger can be controlled by serial RS485 communication. This type of communication allows more options, relative to digital communication, in terms of controlling the valves and feedback received from the valves. The communication parameters can be found in table 9.3. The serial communication provides important feedback which can be used to proper valve control. The enthalpy electronics are designed to control the valves perfectly without the feedback, however as a precaution Recair advices to make use of the following feedback loop. This loop ensures proper communication at all times so for example interference doesn t influence the command execution. 9.3 Enthalpy control The RE250 and RE400 come with various options to control and monitor the valves which can be used and interpreted in several ways. The enthalpy set is build to respond to every command which in turn can be used to make a more stable process by using this as a feedback loop. The following flowchart is an example of a stable control. The initialization is not included in this flowchart, however when switching on the valve control, the first command should always be the initialization command. Table 9.3 Communication parameters Parameter Value Communication type 2-wire RS-485 Baud rate 9600 Data bits 8 Stop bits Flow control None Parity bits None 3

14 Figure 9.3 Enthalpy control Table 9.4 Command set summary. Send command Command Function 2. Response OK? Yes 3. Valves moving? No 4. Ask position of each valve No Yes Init SM <mode> SC <valve> <shortcut> POS <valve> INPOS <valve> MAXOPEN <valve> ISHOMED <valve> STATE <valve> Initialisation Set mode to <mode> Set shortcut on valve Get position Get if is in position Get maximum open position Get result of home Get valve state 7. Ready for new command Yes 5. Ask for each valve if it is in position 6. Warning/Error. When the enthalpy has to switch valves the process begins with the command to do so. 2. When a command is received correct the enthalpy returns the response; OK. If this response is received the next step (block 3) can be taken, however when this response is not given yet, the command should be sent repeatedly until OK is returned. 3. The next step is to check if the valves are still moving. Only when the valves are stationary, the positions can be checked properly. The response of the enthalpy for this command is a number which indicates the movement. Only when the number returned is, the valves have stopped movement and the process can move on to the next step. As long as the response returned is anything else than, valve movement has to be checked until it has stopped by receiving response. 4. Step 4 is not really a necessary step but can be useful to monitor the performance of the valves. 5. The last step is to check if the valves have reached the intended position. In case a valve has not reached the correct position, this could indicate ice formation or another obstruction. This information can be used for maintenance by means of a warning- or error signal. This signal can be used to prevent further problems. When the valve reached its correct position, the next command can be sent. No Between the command name and the value and between the two values in the shortcut command a space is mandatory. The shortcut value runs from , corresponding to a closed and half open valve. The shortcut value should be set starting from value 0. The hysteresis is approximately Digital inputs Table 9.5 Digital inputs in in 2 in 3 in 4 valve valve 2 valve 3 valve 4 Function violet grey white black mode L L L L down up up down symmetr. H L L L up down down up symmetr. L H L L down up down up asymmetr. H H L L up down up down asymmetr. L L H L down down down down bypass H L H L down down up up bypass 2 L H H L up up down down bypass 3 H H H L up up up up bypass 4 X X X H down up down up init H = 5 V, L = V, X = any value 4

15 9.5 Power The power consumption is,7 W at 20 C. The power consumption during switching is 26 W at 20 C. Figure 0.2 Control print at the position of motor 3 and 4 0 Connection to the control print Fig. 0. shows the control print of the Enthalpy recuperator, the connector labels are shown in red. The control print is placed at the position of motor 3 and 4 (see fig. 0.2). Figure 0. Control print of the Recair Enthalpy J4 J J3 J2 Main connector The main connector cable should be connected to main connector The cable for motor to J. The cable for motor 2 to J2. The cable for motor 3 to J3. The cable for motor 4 to J4. 5

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