## Newtons Law of Cooling

I have a problem where I have an air cooled condensing unit located in a large room within a building. The volume of the room is approximately 27,195 cubic feet. The air cooled condensing unit rejects 102,600 btu/hr to the space. Assuming the ambient air temperature of the space is 95 degrees fahrenheit, how can I calculate how long will it take to heat the volume of air 1 degree fahrenheit? Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

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 If I am correct: Q = Cp(T2-T1) and P = QVp/time Cp = specific heat and p = density P = power V =Volume T2 = final temp T1 = initial temp

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## Newtons Law of Cooling

 Quote by esw6838 If I am correct: Q = Cp(T2-T1) and P = QVp/time Cp = specific heat and p = density P = power V =Volume T2 = final temp T1 = initial temp
The mass (Vρ) belongs in your first equation; Q depends on how much air is being heated. It does not belong in the second equation since it is already included in Q.

 I first solve for Q. After I know Q, I can solve for time since I know the power is 102,600 btu per hour. I used SI units and came up with the following: Cp = 1,006 J per KgK p = 1.15 Kg per cubic meter V = 481 cubic meters T1 = 308.15K (95F) T2 = 310.9K (100F) P = 30,060W (102,600 btu per hour I wind up with time = 50 sec. I thought it would take longer. Interesting.

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