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AWDABPT Buildings

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Provides dynamic temperature simulation of 1 to 15 room buildings, shelters, and cabinets over the course of 20 days. Useful for accommodating heat dissipating equipment and/or people. Handles refrigerated cooling, direct and indirect evaporative cooling, heating and outside air ventilation. Cooling and heating or power plant failure and later restoration can be simulated. Includes indicative external bush/forest fire mode. Provides for sensitivity analysis of selected parameters utilizing monte carlo techniques. Handles adjacent spaces that are not 'traditional' rooms.

Expertise Required: 

Understanding of building thermal characteristics, conductivity, U-value, heat capacity, latent heat.

Audience: 

Building designers requiring estimates of room temperatures within accommodation for people and/or heat-dissipating equipment. Teachers requiring a tool providing visual output. Designers wanting the option to test the influence of variance in selected input data such as a building material property or equipment capacity (via Monte Carlo techniques).

Input: 

Data requirements are listed on http://www.awdabpt.com/infoforbldgs.php. The user enters data via 'windows' forms.

Output: 

Graphical and tabular, both on-screen and printable. Output data file (.csv) is viewable in most spreadsheets for further manipulation. Individual tables can be exported to most spreadsheets.

Strengths: 

Handles thermal mass and passive and active cooling or heating systems. Dynamic calculation of heat transfer characteristics without generalizations. Air-surface film conductance and radiation components are calculated by the program according to prevailing indoor and outdoor conditions. A cooling / heating plant fail mode is provided to enable examination of room temperature rise / fall upon the loss of cooling / heating.

Country: 
Australia
Major Capabilities: 
Load Calculations
Detailed Envelope Simulation
Other
Language: 
English
German
Spanish
French
Italian
Platform: 
Windows
Pricing: 
Free To Try
Help and Support: 
Free Email Support
Free Chat/IM Support
Free Phone Support
Last Software Update: 
23 April 2017
Last Entry Update: 
01 May 2017
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