Steam Plant Chiller

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U of I Chiller system
Sponsors
Team Name Just Chillin'
Duration Summer 2014 - Fall 2014
Faculty Advisers
Mentor
  • Matt Kologi
Client


Team Members
  • Ali Almater
  • Patrick Frome
  • Darvin Thornton
  • Chris Thilmony

Problem Definition[edit]

Data collected from the south chiller's current operating condition suggest areas of inefficiencies, leading to unnecessary operating costs

Project Goals[edit]

  • Specify, order, and install flow, pressure, and temperature sensors
  • Develop a working math model of the existing chiller system
  • Test math model against current operating conditions
  • Develop a control system solution strategy

Specifications[edit]

  • 1.0E6 gal storage tank
  • Trending data for 50 thermodynamic states
  • HFC-134A


Current System[edit]

UI SCCP Thermodynamic Cycle

The Current System Model is broken up into 6 stages.

  • 2 Chillers
  • 8 Compressors
  • 2 Cooling Towers
  • 2 Pumps
  • 2 Condensate Pumps
  • Thermal Energy Storage (TES) Tank

Control System Ideas[edit]

We are looking into adding weather prediction as a means of reducing cost of operation at the South Campus Chiller Plant.

EES Verification[edit]

Media:Simple_math_model_8-5-2014.pdf

The program Engineering Equation Solver (EES) is used to model the current chiller system, and estimate the efficiency using inputs of chiller generated and fuel usage.


Team Members[edit]

Ali Photo.jpeg
Ali Almater:

Major: BS in Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Saudi Arabia
Graduation Date: Dec 19, 2014
Hobbies: Biking, Hiking, Rock Climbing, camping, traveling,soccer
Email: alma3451@vandals.uidaho.edu
Responsibilities: Wiki Manager/makingsure we don't overspend./takes it to instructor for approval
Plan After Graduation:Try to find a job in the mechanical engineering field

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Patrick Frome:

Major: BS in Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Spokane, WA
Graduation Date: May 17, 2015
Hobbies: music, travel,Fitness
Email: From7898@vandals.uidaho.edu
Responsibilities: date found,revision number and name,make project timeline
Plan After Graduation:Graduate School

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Darvin Thornton:

Major: BS in Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Anchorage, AK
Graduation Date: Dec19, 2014
Hobbies: Biking, Hiking
Email: Thor8610@vandals.uidaho.edu
Responsibilities: Client Contact/set up chiller plant visit
Plan After Graduation:Try to find a job in the mechanical engineering field with emphasis on thermal sciences.

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Christopher Thilmony:

Major: BS in Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Anchorage, AK
Graduation Date: Dec 19, 2014
Hobbies: Music, Fishing
Email: Thil3899@vandals.uidaho.edu
Responsibilities: Math Modeling /Task Handler
Plan After Graduation:Try to find a job in the mechanical engineering field with emphasis on thermal sciences.

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Design Review Presentation[edit]

Media:Design_Review_Just_Chillin.pdf

Team Meeting Minutes[edit]

Media:First_Client_Meeting_Notes_Just_Chillin.pdf

Media:Meeting_Minutes_6-24-14_Just_Chillin.pdf

Media:Meeting_Minutes_7-1-14_Just_Chillin.pdf

Media:Meeting_Minutes_7-8-14_Just_Chillin.pdf

Media:Meeting_Minutes_7-15-14_Just_Chillin.pdf

Media:Meeting_Minutes_7-22-14_Just_Chillin.pdf