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Flow Resistance Coefficient Identification of Chilled Water System Based on Multi-Objective Optimization and Experiment Validation

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Zhijian Hou

Shenzhen Polytechnic, Shenzhen, China

Ming Qu

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Zhirui Wang

Inner Mongolia University of Technology, Hohhot, China

Paper No. ES2014-6765, pp. V002T12A009; 4 pages
  • ASME 2014 8th International Conference on Energy Sustainability collocated with the ASME 2014 12th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Volume 2: Economic, Environmental, and Policy Aspects of Alternate Energy; Fuels and Infrastructure, Biofuels and Energy Storage; High Performance Buildings; Solar Buildings, Including Solar Climate Control/Heating/Cooling; Sustainable Cities and Communities, Including Transportation; Thermofluid Analysis of Energy Systems, Including Exergy and Thermoeconomics
  • Boston, Massachusetts, USA, June 30–July 2, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Advanced Energy Systems Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4587-5
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


Hydraulic resistance coefficient (HRC) is a fundamental parameter that characterizes the hydraulic state of a water pipeline and significantly determines the efficiency of the water-transport process. To estimate HRC and diagnose hydraulic process fault in building air conditioning system, a novel method called multi-objective optimization (MBO) strategy was developed in the research effort. MBO is concerned with mathematical optimization problems involving more than one objective function to be optimized simultaneously. In this paper, first, the basic principle of the approach is presented. Then several experiments are conducted to identify the HRC in a real air conditioning system. And the water flow rate of each air handling terminal unit is estimated by the flow rate of primary pipe and identified HRC. The experiment results show that the model can accurately estimate HRCs. The HRCs of each pipe and terminal unit were obtained by the flow rate and the pressure difference of primary pipe without requiring geometric specifications, which is very convenient in real engineering application.

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