DPClima

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Helps size any system for heating and air conditioning of a building, i.e., the terminal units, the zone units and the total capacity of the cooling or heating plants. DPClima performs a 24 hour calculation of the steady state value of the cooling and heating loads of a building for a typical day of each month (either the coldest or the hottest). DPClima organizes the spaces into several zones inside the building so that the designer is able to adapt its system best to the thermal response of those zones. The calculations are done using the heat transfer functions methodology. Inside the spaces schedules are defined for; occupancy, lights and other loads. A database is distributed with information about types of walls, glasses, human activities, type of lights, etc. Screen Shots

Keywords

thermal load calculation, equipment sizing

Validation/Testing

N/A

Expertise Required

High level of computer literacy not required; engineering background needed for analysis of the results.

Users

More than 250.

Audience

Mechanical, energy and architectural engineers working for architect/engineer firms, consulting firms, national agencies, research universities and laboratories.

Input

Size of building elements (walls, windows, doors) and their thermal properties. Their tree relationship (this walls has this windows, this space has this walls etc.) and their orientation (North, Northwest, etc) or marked as under the shadow. (Many default values and databases).

Output

More than 50 print-ready reports. The user can select different categories of loads (external, internal, people) in order to analyze the problem. Graphical and numerical hourly load for each category of load and for each element (or group of elements, i.e., zones, building) is available.

Computer Platform

PC-compatible. Windows 98/ME/NT/XP.

Programming Language

C++

Strengths

Rigorous methodology employed. The data is introduced very easily and friendly. A lot of feedback from users is already present in the current version of the program. The data can be introduced in quite a short time.

Weaknesses

It has no information about the geometry. This would need a CAD connection. It is in Spanish.

Contact

Company:

Universidad Polit´┐Żcnica de Valencia

Address:

Escuela Superior de Ingenieros Industriales
Camino de Vera S/N
Valencia 46022
Spain

Telephone:

+34 (96) 387 9326

Facsimile:

+34 (96) 387 7329

E-mail:

jmpinazo@ter.upv.es, vsoto@ter.upv.es

Website:

http://www.upv.es/termotec/

Availability

900 Euros + Taxes (inside Spain), format: CD, technical support available.