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RE: [EnergyPlus_Support] system sizing


When evaluating the losses by exterior convection of my house during my design 
days, I am getting values for my external convective coefficients (h).  My 
building is a three zone house, the first zone is only a foot high and 
represents the crawl space under the house.  The Second zone on top of it is 
the conditioned space that is 8 ft high.  The final zone represents the attic 
which a triangular cross section that is also 8 feet high.  Using the 
Engineering Doc I calculated the forced and natural convective coefficients 
and got the same values as the program.  Unfortunately the forced convection 
coefficients for the crawl space exterior are about 2 times greater then the 
convective coefficients of the conditioned and attic zone.  How can the forced 
convective coefficient be greater for the surface closer to the ground.  I 
understand that is it the (p*V)/A term in the forced "h" equation that is 
causing this.  It seems that if a surfaces perimeter to area ratio is very 
large, its "h" will also be large thereby overshadowing the effect of the 
velocity term.  If someone can explaing why, I would appreciate it.


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