Years after an HVAC engineer starts to design closed-loop water systems and then progressively moves up the ladder of engineering success, he can forget and/or overlook many of the issues, concerns, details, opportunities, etc. associated with engineering these systems.
Trends don’t always follow the expected path (or timeline), but the basics remain the basics and increased cabinet density remains inevitable. Let’s revisit the progress of liquid in data center strategy and the tenets of a future-proof(ish) hybrid design for today.
How often does an existing closed loop hot water heating or chilled water cooling system get reused as part of a building renovation project, and/or used to expand the area served by the system coverage to provide additional heating or air conditioning?
The larger or more complex a cooling plant becomes, the more challenges to its ef-ficiency it will face. When applied wisely, modern controls and equipment can rise to meet those challenges. Read up on active balancing, pump dynamic differential setpoint control, and more responsive tactics for when the worst thing you can do is just go with the flow.