Research

ASHRAE Standard Facility

A specially constructed AC test laboratory is being developed at CERC (using ASHRAE Standard 37). This specialized lab can test various air conditioning technologies. The lab consists of two separate environmentally controlled insulated rooms.

Temperature and humidity controls including a secondary air-conditioning system are provided to allow outdoor atmospheric conditions to be simulated, maintaining ASHRAE set conditions (outside 95F DBT/75F WBT; inside 80F DBT/67F WBT). The lab is fully instrumented to record all operating variables (humidity, pressure, dry and wet bulb temperatures, and consumption).

Using this ASHRAE Standard testing lab, CERC is currently investigating a specific organic Rankine power cycle (ORC) to determine the cooling and heating capacities of unitary AC and heat pump equipment.