Model of a discretized coil without water vapor condensation. The coil consists of two flow paths which are, at the design flow direction, in opposite direction to model a counterflow heat exchanger. The flow paths are discretized into nEle elements. Each element is modeled by an instance of Buildings.Fluid.HeatExchangers.BaseClasses.HexElementSensible. Each element has a state variable for the metal.

The convective heat transfer coefficients can, for each fluid individually, be computed as a function of the flow rate and/or the temperature, or assigned to a constant. This computation is done using an instance of Buildings.Fluid.HeatExchangers.BaseClasses.HADryCoil.

To model humidity condensation, use the model Buildings.Fluid.HeatExchangers.WetCoilCounterFlow instead of this model, as this model computes only sensible heat transfer.


At very small flow rates, which may be caused when the fan is off but there is wind pressure on the building that entrains outside air through the HVAC system, large temperature differences could occur if diffusion were neglected. This model therefore approximates a small diffusion between the elements to have more uniform medium temperatures if the flow is near zero. The approximation is done using the heat conductors heaCon1 and heaCon2. As this is a rough approximation, neighboring elements are connected through these heat conduction elements, ignoring the actual geometrical configuration. Also, radiation between the coil surfaces on the air side is not modelled explicitly, but rather may be considered as approximated by these heat conductors.


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