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Is spiral ductwork more quiet than rectangular ductwork?

April 11, 2012  |   FAQ's   |     |   22,696 Comments

YES, ASHRAE says spiral is always more quiet than rectangular. See this table from 2011 ASHRAE Applications.  WOW, a lot quieter!

What is Static Regain?

January 31, 2012  |   FAQ's   |     |   23,078 Comments

This design methodology sizes the supply duct system to obtain uniform static pressure at all branches and outlets. Much more complex than equal friction, static regain can be used to design systems of any pressure or velocity. Duct velocities are systematically reduced over the length of the distribution layout, which allows the velocity pressure to convert to static pressure, offseting friction losses in the succeeding section of duct. Systems designed using static regain require little ...

How long has static regain been used for ductwork design?

January 31, 2012  |   FAQ's   |     |   9,802 Comments

Static regain has been used since the 1940s and followed the development of the commercial fan and air moving market.  Static regain is very friendly to long term operations but it took a lot of calculating, adjusting sizes and recalculating to get a system balanced on paper. With computer availability in the 1970s, static regain was done with a punch card input system. In the early 1980s, the IBM PCs were used to calculate DOS based ...

What is Equal Friction?

January 31, 2012  |   FAQ's   |     |   20,931 Comments

The Equal Friction design methodology sizes the supply duct system for a constant pressure loss per unit length such as 0.1"wg friction loss per 100 feet of duct. This is a low velocity industry standard. Equal Friction is the most widely used method of sizing lower pressure, lower velocity duct systems. There is no equalization of pressure drops in duct branches unless the system has a symmetrical layout. Dampers are used for balancing.

Does static regain actually save energy?

January 31, 2012  |   FAQ's   |     |   12,677 Comments

Most VAV ductwork systems are sized for a 1% ASHRAE cooling day for 86 hrs/year of peak demand. The average VAV fan system operates at 65-75% capacity for 4000 hours/year and operates at minimum 35% capacity for 2000 hrs/year. With static regain using 30% smaller VAV spiral duct sizes, there is less BHp-Hrs used for part load spiral systems estimated at 5-10% less than rectangular ductwork systems. Actual operating leakage savings using smaller spiral ducts ...


January 31, 2012  |   FAQ's   |     |   17,943 Comments

A local leadership enegry engineer explained that we need to do two important missions. "Stop wasting energy" is required. "Start saving energy" is desired. Static Regain methodology is more efficient with less lbs of supply ductwork, lower acoustic effect and less noise, and part load energy savings which are very important.

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