Pawan Panth

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Honors Thesis


A private owner has decided to build a new 17,500 square foot document storage and archive center in Mumbai, India. This facility will store rare documents, books, manuscripts, photos, and audio recordings in a manner to ensure the preservation of historical items. The center will be open to the public, Monday through Saturday from 8:00 – 18:00. The project is to design an HVAC system for the archives center. HVAC, named for Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning, is a compound system which involves a system of fluid exchange to allow the closed surface to regulate its internal temperature for comfortable living and working regardless of external weather conditions. A HVAC system aims to provide thermal comfort and indoor comfort, which is designed using the principles of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer. The constant recirculation of air inside the building to keep the air flowing around pure and maintain the temperature in the range which will ensure the relative humidity in comfort zone which varies along with the weather conditions and location. The goal of this paper is to dive into the cost analysis of the HVAC systems that best utilizes space, uses the latest technologies, and provide quality indoor environment per the requirements in the competition guidelines. This report summarizes total cost of ownership the client would have to pay out of his pocket before, during and after the installations of systems recommended by the design engineer.

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