Main difference between Chilled Beams and Traditional systems
Traditional chilled water systems rely on air handling units to move heat fromthe room air and transfer it to the water. The chilled air is then blown throughduct work to the occupied spaces. Fan coil units move the chilled watercloser to the occupied space and require less room above the ceiling.
Chilled beams also move the chilled water closer to the occupied space thanair handlers and attempt to limit or eliminate the energy required by fans.
Because of water’s innate properties, it can carry significantly more energy
than air per unit volume.
The specific heat capacity of one cubic foot of water at standard temperatureand pressure is 20,050.56 J*K, and the specific heat capacity of one cubicfoot of air at standard temperature and pressure is 37.05 J*K.
Factoring in the increased density of air in a duct, a 1" diameter pipe ofwater can carry the same amount of energy as an 18" x 18" duct of air.
Chilled beams vs Traditional VAV