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Feasibility Study & Design of a Seawater Air-Conditioning System for USP Tuvalu Campus

Ahmed, Mohammed R. (2018) Feasibility Study & Design of a Seawater Air-Conditioning System for USP Tuvalu Campus. [Professional and Technical Reports]

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The cost of electricity is very high in most of the Pacific Island Countries. Also, being tropical countries, they require a considerable amount of energy to condition hot and humid climate conditions to the required human comfort conditions. Increase in the number of buildings with development makes it necessary to find new air conditioning techniques. Seawater air-conditioning (SWAC) is a relatively new concept that utilizes water from the deep ocean where the temperature is considerably lower (typically 4-7oC) to provide cooling to buildings. Moreover, deep seawater has vast minerals and resources that can be used for quaculture, desalination, and energy production. This project focuses on feasibility study and design of a seawater air-conditioning system for USP Tuvalu campus. The first phase of the project included a feasibility check to see if the necessary resources are available, which included the measurement of seawater temperature at different depths, estimation of the total air-conditioning load for the USP Tuvalu campus using CAMEL software, and sizing the major components of the system. The second phase of the project included sizing the chilled water loop components for lab testing of a scaled-down model of the campus, the calculation of ductwork and the air handling unit, dimensional analysis of model and construction and testing of the model and its cooling, and finally a study of the economic viability of seawater air conditioning of the USP Tuvalu Campus.

Item Type: Professional and Technical Reports
Additional Information: This is the final report that was submitted to IUCN and was approved and accepted by them.
Uncontrolled Keywords: seawater air conditioning; HDPE pipe; Cooling Load; CAMEL software
Subjects: T Technology > TC Hydraulic engineering. Ocean engineering
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Engineering and Physics
Depositing User: M. Rafiuddin Ahmed
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2019 23:01
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2019 23:01

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