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Using Multi-Stack And Variable-Speed-Drive Systems To Reduce Laboratory Exhaust Fan Energy, Gang Wang, Mingsheng Liu Jan 2005

Using Multi-Stack And Variable-Speed-Drive Systems To Reduce Laboratory Exhaust Fan Energy, Gang Wang, Mingsheng Liu

Architectural Engineering -- Faculty Publications

In buildings that contain laboratories, fume hoods are normally used to control contaminant concentrations. Exhaust stacks with a constant exit velocity are required to make sure that dangerous concentrations do not occur in occupied areas near the building or on the roof top. To achieve constant velocity when exhaust flow rates are less than design, makeup air is introduced to the system at the inlet of the exhaust fan. Since laboratory exhaust airflow is often significantly less than the design airflow, exhaust fans consume significantly more energy than is necessary. To reduce exhaust fan energy, techniques involving multiple exhaust stacks ...