I am working on a energy analysis in a supermarket. There is some open top display coolers, which is using a lot of energy - I don't have the opportunity to check excatly how much energy they use, so I have to calculate it. I don't have problems in calculating it when it is closed, but I have no clue on how to do it, when there is a "open 'wall'".
I know there are some uncertain variables, temperature, humidity and ventilation. But I'm going to make them constant:
Temp outside 22 degr C, humidity outside 50%, temp in cooler 2 degr C, humidity in cooler 85%.
I have been using the program called Coolpack (EESCooltools), and it is telling me, that my problem is the air infiltration! And I do agree :)
The heat loss caused by infiltration can be calculated as
Hi = cp ρ n V (ti - to) (8)
Hi = heat loss infiltration (W)
cp = specific heat capacity of air (J/kg/K)
ρ = density of air (kg/m3)
n = number of air shifts, how many times the air is replaced in the room per second (1/s) (0.5 1/hr = 1.4 10-4 1/s as a rule of thumb)
V = volume of room (m3)
ti = inside air temperature (oC)
to = outside air temperature (oC)
Sources ^^ = http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/heat-loss-buildings-d_113.html
Would it be possible to measure the windspeed in the cooler with a anemometer. Then check the speed every 3 cm from the products to the top, and so multiply it by the cross-section and breadth and take the average?
My other idea is to measure the temperature 10 cm above the products and then: 1) Create a frame of flamingo, cover it with a lid of acrylic 2) Measure the temperature here and then find the difference between an open and a closed.
All ideas will be appreciated, thanks in advance.