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Posted by Benjamin Mayersohn on October 27, 2009 at 19:17:02:
Hello all. My classmates and I were given an assignment for our freshman engineering design class that involves increasing the energy efficiency of a boiler system in a community housing project. There are two main questions the community representative wants us to address:
(1) Residents on upper floors are getting too little heat. Apparently the steam is not traveling quickly enough (?), so it is losing too much energy. He wants to know if and how we can address this, since energy is being wasted. He had initially suggested using a turbocharger, but we realized that this cannot work with boiler systems, so we're a bit lost.
(2) Can we integrate the boiler and the hot water storage tank into one unit that will heat an entire building and ? I've done research on combination boilers online, but those seem too small for our purposes.
Neither my teammates nor I known anything about boiler systems. We are eager to work and are not trying to take any easy ways out, but we would feel better about the project if we had a bit of guidance. We just want a general idea as to how we can accomplish the above tasks. If you need specific info about the boiler to answer the above questions, ask and I'll post whatever I copied down. Thank you in advance.
- Ben M.
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