FSEC 3.0

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A detailed whole-building and component analysis program; includes heat, moisture and contaminant transport simulation. Both detailed and simplified moisture models are available. Recent enhancements include models for radon transport and pressure driven airflows in buildings and systems. Primarily developed as a tool for research, design and development of innovative cooling and dehumidification systems. Developed by the Florida Solar Energy Center, FSEC 3.0 uses the finite element method for distributed modeling. Recently enhanced to include radon transport and entry in soil/slab/building. User-definable routines provide the flexibility to accommodate various user equations, options and systems.

Keywords

energy performance, research, advanced cooling and dehumidification

Validation/Testing

N/A

Expertise Required

Requires knowledge of numerical methods and governing equations being solved; high-level computer literacy.

Users

25-30.

Audience

Engineers, researchers, educators; primarily a research tool.

Input

Requires ASCII input file; requires complete building details including, layout, material properties, transport coefficients, equipment performance, weather data.

Output

As requested by user.

Computer Platform

VAX/VMS or PC-compatible.

Programming Language

FORTRAN 77

Strengths

Extremely detailed analyses possible; allows up to 250 user-defined governing equations to be incorporated. Excellent platform for integrating with other models/software.

Weaknesses

Weak input processor; no error checking/messages; requires high level knowledge of numerical methods and equations.

Contact

Company:

Florida Solar Energy Center

Address:

1679 Clearlake Road
Cocoa, Florida 32922
United States

Telephone:

(407) 638-1410

Facsimile:

(407) 638-1439

E-mail:

swami@fsec.ucf.edu

Website:

http://www.fsec.ucf.edu

Availability

Available on 1600 BPI tape or 3.5" diskette at nominal cost from technical contact. Continually being developed and upgraded.