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AHRI Standard 641 (SI)

2017 Standard for

Performance Rating of Commercial and Industrial Humidifiers

IMPORTANT

SAFETY DISCLAIMER AHRI does not set safety standards and does not certify or guarantee the safety of any products, components or systems designed, tested, rated, installed or operated in accordance with this standard/guideline. It is strongly recommended that products be designed, constructed, assembled, installed and operated in accordance with nationally recognized safety standards and code requirements appropriate for products covered by this standard/guideline. AHRI uses its best efforts to develop standards/guidelines employing state-of-the-art and accepted industry practices. AHRI does not certify or guarantee that any tests conducted under its standards/guidelines will be non-hazardous or free from risk.

Note: This is a new standard. For I-P ratings, see AHRI Standard 640 (I-P)-2017.

Price $10.00 (M) $20.00 (NM) Printed in U.S.A.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS SECTION

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Section 1.

Purpose.................................................................................................................. 1

Section 2.

Scope ..................................................................................................................... 1

Section 3.

Definitions.............................................................................................................1

Section 4.

Test Requirements ................................................................................................ 3

Section 5.

Rating Requirements ............................................................................................. 4

Section 6.

Minimum Data Requirements for Published Ratings ...........................................5

Section 7.

Marking and Nameplate Data ...............................................................................6

Section 8.

Conformance Conditions ...................................................................................... 6

TABLES Table 1.

Capacity Rating Multiples .................................................................................... 4

Table 2.

Conditions for Standard Rating Tests for Group 1 (Adiabatic) ............................ 4

Table 3.

Conditions for Standard Rating Tests for Group 2 (Isothermal) .......................... 5

APPENDICES Appendix A. References - Normative ........................................................................................ 7 Appendix B. References - Informative....................................................................................... 7 Appendix C. Method of Test for Adiabatic Commercial and Industrial Humidifiers - Normative .............................................................................................. 8

FIGURES FOR APPENDICES Figure C1.

Test Apparatus for Air Distribution Systems...................................................... 10

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PERFORMANCE RATING OF COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL HUMIDIFIERS Section 1. Purpose 1.1 Purpose. The purpose of this standard is to establish for Commercial and Industrial Humidifiers: definitions; classifications; test requirements; rating requirements; minimum data requirements for Published Ratings; marking and nameplate data; and conformance conditions. 1.1.1 Intent. This standard is intended for the guidance of the industry, including manufacturers, engineers, installers, contractors, and users. 1.1.2

Review and Amendment. This standard is subject to review and amendment as technology advances.

Section 2. Scope 2.1

Scope. This standard applies to factory-made Commercial and Industrial Humidifiers, as defined in Section 3. 2.1.1 Energy Source. This standard applies to electric, gas, or hot water operated Commercial and Industrial Humidifiers including those that utilize steam from a central steam boiler. 2.1.2 Installation. Commercial and Industrial Humidifiers are intended for central air systems or direct in-space applications and may be installed in a mechanical room or outdoors.

2.2

Exclusions. This standard does not apply to the following: 2.2.1 2.2.2 2.2.3

Residential central system humidifiers as defined in the ANSI/AHRI Standard 611. Residential self-contained humidifiers as defined in ANSI/AHRI Standard 621. Portable residential humidifiers as defined in ANSI/AHAM HU-1.

Section 3. Definitions All terms in this document will follow the standard industry definitions in the ASHRAE Terminology Site (http://www.ashrae.org/resources--publications/free-resources/ashrae-terminology) unless otherwise defined in this section. 3.1 Commercial and Industrial Humidifier (Humidifier). A device designed to add moisture to air in a room, space, or ventilation system other than residential applications. 3.1.1 Adiabatic Humidifiers. A type of Humidifier intended for duct applications in which water is reduced to minute particles and dispersed to air as a fine mist. 3.1.1.1 Centrifugal Type Atomizer. Utilizes a high-speed disk to sling water to its rim where it is thrown onto plates or a comb to produce a fine mist. 3.1.1.2 Nozzle Type Atomizers. Utilizes a nozzle, compressed-air, water, or air and water, to reduce water to a fine mist. 3.1.1.2.1 Compressed Air. Compressed air is forced through an annular orifice at the nozzle tip creating a vortex at the tip. Water is forced through the center orifice of the nozzle where it is atomized on contact with the compressed air at the nozzle tip. 3.1.1.2.2 Compressed Air and Water. Compressed air and water are combined inside the nozzle to produce a fine mist at the nozzle tip.

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AHRI STANDARD 641 (SI)-2017 ________________________________________________________________ 3.1.1.2.3 Pressurized Water. A volumetric pump is used to force water through the orifice of a nozzle to produce a fine mist at the nozzle tip. 3.1.1.3 Ultrasonic Atomizer. A piezoelectric transducer immersed in a reservoir of mineral free water. The transducer converts a high-frequency electronic signal into a high-frequency mechanical oscillation. The mechanical oscillation is directed at the surface of the water, where at very high frequencies it creates a fine mist. 3.1.1.4 Wetted Media. Utilize a porous core in the process of evaporation. Water is circulated over the media and air is blown through the opening. 3.1.2

Isothermal Humidifier A type of Humidifier in which energy is added to water which convert it to steam. 3.1.2.1 Direct Injection Steam Humidifiers. A type of Humidifier intended for duct applications in which steam, water vapor under pressure and at high temperature, is dispersed directly into the air. This includes products such as Steam Cup Type, Steam Separator Type, and Steam Panel Type humidifiers as defined below. 3.1.2.1.1 Steam Cup Type. Utilizes a cup and drain mounted beneath the duct. Steam is injected into the sides of a cup allowing most of the moisture of the steam to enter into the air while permitting the condensate to fall into the cup by gravity and into the steam trap. 3.1.2.1.2 Steam Separator Type. Utilizes an enclosed distribution pipe, a separating chamber, an integral control valve, and a drain to distribute steam into the air. Steam is injected directly into the enclosed distribution pipe providing reheat to the outgoing steam passing through the distributor pipe before being released into the air. The steam then enters the separating chamber which allows dry steam to pass through the control valve and into the distributor pipe while allowing condensate to fall by gravity into the drain. The moisture of the steam is reheated while in the distributor pipe before being dispersed into the air. 3.1.2.1.3 Steam Panel Type. Unit consists of a header with multiple distributor pipes, and a drain. The control valve regulates the amount of steam that is injected into the header, which allows dry steam to pass into the distributor pipe(s) while allowing condensate to escape through the drain. The moisture of the steam in the distributor pipe(s) is dispersed into the air. 3.1.2.2 Packaged Self Contained Electric. A type of Humidifier which converts tank water to steam using electricity. The steam is dispersed into a duct system through dispersion manifolds. If the Humidifier is a free standing unit, the steam is dispersed directly into the air space through a fan unit. 3.1.2.2.1 Electrode Type. Utilizes an electric current passing through the water to create heat energy to produce steam. 3.1.2.2.2 Resistance Type. Utilizes one or more electrical elements to heat the water directly to produce steam. 3.1.2.3 Packaged Self Contained Gas Type. Utilizes a gaseous fuel (e.g. natural gas, propane) as the fuel source for boiling water and generating to steam at atmospheric pressure. The steam is dispersed into a duct system through dispersion manifolds. If the Humidifier is a free standing unit, the steam is dispersed directly into the air space through a fan unit. 3.1.2.4 Packaged Self Contained Heated Tank Humidifiers. A type of Humidifier which converts tank water to steam using an energy source other than electricity or gas. The steam is dispersed into a duct system through a distributor tube dispersion manifolds. If the Humidifier is a free standing unit, the steam can also be dispersed directly into the air space through a fan unit. 3.1.2.4.1 Steam-to-Steam Type. Utilizes steam from a central boiler passing through a heat exchanger submersed in water to produce steam.

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________________________________________________________________ AHRI STANDARD 641 (SI)-2017 3.1.2.4.2 Liquid-to-Steam Type. Utilizes a high temperature liquid from an auxiliary source passing through a heat exchanger submersed in water to produce steam. 3.2 Humidification Capacity. The capacity associated with a Humidifier's ability to add moisture to air expressed in kg/h of continuous operation. 3.3 Published Rating. A statement of the assigned values of those performance characteristics, under stated Rating Conditions, by which a unit may be chosen to fit its application. These values apply to all units of like nominal size and type (identification) produced by the same manufacturer. The term Published Rating includes the rating of all performance characteristics shown on the unit or published in specifications, advertising or other literature controlled by the manufacturer, at stated Rating Conditions. 3.3.1 Application Rating. A rating based on tests performed at application rating conditions (other than Standard Rating Conditions). 3.3.2

Standard Rating. A rating based on tests performed at Standard Rating Conditions.

3.4 Rating Conditions. Any set of operating conditions under which a single level of performance results and which causes only that level of performance to occur. 3.4.1 Standard Rating Conditions. characteristics. 3.5

Rating Conditions used as the basis of comparison for performance

"Shall" or "Should". "Shall" or "should" shall be interpreted as follows: 3.5.1 Shall. Where "shall" or "shall not" is used for a provision specified, the provision is mandatory if compliance with the standard is claimed. 3.5.2. Should. "Should" is used to indicate provisions which are not mandatory but which are desirable as good practice.

3.6 Supplementary Heat. Heat used to enhance evaporation when used in the recirculating system or to heat water for direct evaporation. 3.7 Relative Humidity (RH). The ratio of the mole fraction of water vapor to the mole fraction of water vapor saturated at the same temperature and barometric pressure.

Section 4. Test Requirements 4.1 Test Requirements. For Adiabatic Humidifiers, all Standard Ratings shall be verified by tests conducted in accordance with Appendix C and at the Rating Conditions in Section 5. For Isothermal Humidifiers, all Standard Ratings shall be verified by tests conducted in accordance with ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 164.3 and at the Rating Conditions in Section 5. 4.1.1 Equipment. manufacturer.

Humidifiers shall be installed and tested using all components as recommended by the

4.1.2 Electrical Conditions. Nameplate voltages for 50 Hz and 60 Hz systems are shown in AHRI Standard 110. Tests shall be performed at the nameplate rated voltage and frequency unless otherwise specified in this standard. For all dual nameplate voltage equipment covered by this standard, tests shall be performed at both voltages or at the lower voltage if only a single rating is to be published. 4.1.3 Number of Tests (Isothermal) If a single product is rated in accordance with AHRI Standard 641 (SI), that model shall be tested. If a product line is rated in accordance with AHRI Standard 641 (SI), a representative sample of at least three different units, that include the highest and lowest capacity of the product line shall be tested with ratings of untested products being interpolated. 4.1.4

Number of Tests (Adiabatic) If a single product is rated in accordance with AHRI Standard 641 (SI), that model

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AHRI STANDARD 641 (SI)-2017 ________________________________________________________________ shall be tested. If a product line is rated in accordance with AHRI Standard 641 (SI), at least three different units, that represent the entire capacity range of the product line shall be tested with ratings of untested products being interpolated or extrapolated. Section 5. Rating Requirements 5.1 Publication of Ratings. Wherever Application Ratings are published or printed, they shall include or be accompanied by the Standard Rating, clearly designated as such, including a statement of the conditions at which the ratings apply. Published Ratings shall include Humidification Capacity, power input, and energy input of Supplementary Heat. Humidification Capacity shall be expressed in kg/h and stated to the nearest round off stated in Table 1. Power input shall be expressed in kW and stated to the nearest 0.1 kW. Where Supplementary Heat other than electric heat is used, the energy input shall be expressed in multiples of 30 W where values greater than or equal to 15 round up and values less than 15 round down. Steam pressure entering shall be expressed in kPa and stated to the nearest 1 kPa. Table 1. Capacity Rating Multiples Capacity Ratings, Multiples, kg/h kg/h ≤5 0.1 >5 and ≤150 1 >150 and ≤450 2 >450 5 Note: When converting Humidification Capacity from kg/h to L/day, one liter of water shall be assumed to weigh 1 kg. 5.2 Standard Ratings. Ratings based on data determined by the test requirements prescribed in Section 4 shall be published as Standard Ratings when conducted at the Standard Rating Conditions specified in Tables 2 and 3. 5.3 Application Ratings. Ratings based on data determined by test requirements prescribed in Section 5 and conducted using Rating Conditions other than those specified in 5.2 shall be published as Application Ratings. 5.4 Tolerances. To comply with this standard, measured test results shall not be less than 95% of Published Ratings for Humidification Capacity. Additionally, measured test results shall not exceed 110% of Published Ratings for power input or energy input of Supplementary Heat. Where Supplementary Heat is used, the energy input from this source shall not be more than the rated power input.

Table 2. Conditions for Standard Rating Tests Group 1 (Adiabatic) Room Conditions Air Flow Humidifier Type

RH 50% ±5%

Temperature 21.0 ±2 °C

Entering Duct Air Conditions

Supply Water Temperature1

Supply Water Pressure1

RH 30% Temperature 24.0 ±2 °C

15.5 ±1 °C

415 ±35 kPa gauge

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Centrifugal X X X Type Atomizer Nozzle Type X X X Atomizer Wetted Media X X X Ultrasonic X X X Atomizer Notes: 1. Tested using a reverse osmosis or deionized water source

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Room Conditions Air Flow

RH Temperature 50% ±5% 21.0 ±2 °C

Packaged Self Contained Heated Tank – Steam-toSteam Type Packaged Self Contained Heated Tank - Liquid-toSteam Type Direct Injection Steam Packaged Self Contained Electric Electrode Type Packaged Self Contained Electric Resistance Type Packaged Self Contained Gas Type

Entering Duct Air Conditions

RH 30% Temperature 24.0 ±2 °C

Supply Water Temperature1

Supply Water Pressure1

15.5 ±1 °C

415 ±35 kPa gauge

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Supply Water Conductivity

350 ±50 μS/cm

Heat Exchanger

Fluid Temperature Entering 115 °C

Steam Pressure Entering: 105 ±1 kPa gauge Condensate Return to Atmosphere

X

X

X

X

X

Section 6. Minimum Data Requirements for Published Ratings 6.1 Minimum Data Required for Published Ratings. As a minimum, Published Ratings shall include all Standard Ratings. All claims to ratings within the scope of this standard shall include the statement “Rated in accordance with AHRI Standard 641 (SI)”. All claims to ratings outside the scope of this standard shall include the statement “Outside the scope of AHRI Standard 641 (SI)”. Wherever Application Ratings are published or printed, they shall include a statement of the conditions at which the ratings apply. 6.1.1

As a minimum, Published Ratings shall consist of the following information: 6.1.1.1 Group I (Adiabatic) Humidification Equipment: 6.1.1.1.1 Humidification Capacity, kg/h 6.1.1.1.2 Power input, kW 6.1.1.1.3 Energy input of Supplementary Heat, W, where Supplementary Heat other than electric heat is used. 6.1.1.1.4 Compressed air flow, m3/s, where Compressed Air or Compressed Air and Water is used for humidification 6.1.1.1.5 Compressed air pressure kPa gauge where Compressed Air or Compressed Air and Water is used for humidification 6.1.1.1.6 Rated water discharge pressure, kPa gauge, where Compressed Air and Water or Pressurized Water is used for humidification

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AHRI STANDARD 641 (SI)-2017 ________________________________________________________________ 6.1.1.2 Group II (Isothermal) Humidification Equipment: 6.1.1.2.1 Humidification Capacity, kg/h 6.1.1.2.2 Power input, kW 6.1.1.2.3 Energy input of Supplementary Heat, W, where Supplementary Heat other than electric heat is used. 6.1.1.2.4 Steam pressure, kPa guage, (input steam pressure for direct steam to steam units)

Section 7. Marking and Nameplate Data 7.1

Marking and Nameplate Data. As a minimum, the nameplate shall display: 7.1.1 7.1.2 7.1.3 7.1.4 7.1.5 7.1.6

Manufacturer's name Model designation Voltage, phase, amperage, and frequency, if applicable Compressed air flow and/or pressure ratings, if applicable Rated water discharge pressure, if applicable Gas and Steam supply pressure, if applicable

7.2 Nameplate Voltage. Where applicable, nameplate voltages for 50 and 60 Hz systems shall include one or more of the equipment nameplate voltage ratings shown in AHRI Standard 110.

Section 8. Conformance Conditions 8.1 Conformance. While conformance with this standard is voluntary, conformance shall not be claimed or implied for products or equipment within the standard’s Purpose (Section 1) or Scope (Section 2) unless such claims meet all of the requirements of the standard and all of the testing and rating requirements are measured and reported in complete compliance with the standard. Any product that has not met all the requirements of the standard shall not reference, state, or acknowledge the standard in any written, oral, or electronic communication.

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APPENDIX A. REFERENCES - NORMATIVE A1 Listed here are all standards, handbooks and other publications essential to the formation and implementation of the standard. All references in this appendix are considered as part of the standard. A1.1 AHRI Standard 110-2016, Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigerating Equipment Nameplate Voltages, 2016, Air-Conditioning Heating and Refrigeration Institute, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Suite 500, Arlington, VA 22201, U.S.A. A1.2 ANSI/AHAM HU-1-2016, Portable Household Humidifiers, 2016, Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, 1111 19th St., N.W., Suite 402, Washington, DC 20036, U.S.A. A1.3 ANSI/AHRI Standard 611(SI)-2014, Performance Rating of Central System Humidifiers, 2014, AirConditioning Heating and Refrigeration Institute, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Suite 500, Arlington, VA 22201, U.S.A. A1.4 ANSI/AHRI Standard 621(SI)-2014, Performance Ratings of Self-Contained Humidifiers for Residential Application, 2014, Air-Conditioning Heating and Refrigeration Institute, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Suite 500, Arlington, VA 22201, U.S.A. A1.5 ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 41.1-2013, Standard Method for Temperature Measurement, 2013, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc., 1791 Tullie Circle N.E., Atlanta, GA 30329, U.S.A. A1.6 ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 41.2-1987 (RA 92), Standard Methods for Laboratory Airflow Measurement, 1992, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc., 1791 Tullie Circle N.E., Atlanta, GA 30329, U.S.A. A1.7 ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 41.3-2014, Standard Method for Pressure Measurement, 2014, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc., 1791 Tullie Circle N.E., Atlanta, GA 30329, U.S.A. A1.8 ASHRAE Standard 164.3 – 2015, Method of Test for Commercial and Industrial Isothermal Humidifiers, 2015, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc., 1791 Tullie Circle N.E., Atlanta, GA 30329, U.S.A. A1.9 ASHRAE Terminology, http://www.ashrae.org/resources--publications/free-resources/ashraeterminology, 2016, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc., 1791 Tullie Circle, N.E., Atlanta, GA 30329, U.S.A.

APPENDIX B. REFERENCES - INFORMATIVE None.

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APPENDIX C. METHOD OF TEST FOR ADIABATIC COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL HUMIDIFIERS NORMATIVE C1 Purpose. The purpose of this appendix is to specify for Commercial and Industrial Adiabatic Humidifiers: instrumentation; measurement and treatment apparatus; and test procedures for determining their capacity and related performance. C2 Scope. This appendix applies to Adiabatic Humidifiers as defined in Section 3 of this standard. This appendix applies to laboratory testing for purposes of evaluating Humidification Capacity, power input, and energy input of Supplementary Heat within its scope. This appendix is not applicable to tests conducted in the field or on the production line. C3 Test Measurements and Instrumentation. Except as noted below, instrumentation shall be in accordance with the specified test requirements as outlined in 4.1 C3.1 Airflow Rate Measuring Instruments. Airflow rate measuring instruments involved in the measurement of airflow shall be in accordance with Section 6 of ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 41.2. C3.1.1 Nozzle Construction. Construction of nozzles shall be in accordance with Figure 6 of ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 41.2. Nozzles shall be sized for a throat velocity not less than 15 m/s nor more than 35 m/s. When nozzles are constructed in accordance with ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 41.2 and installed in accordance with C4.1.1, they may be used without calibration. C3.2 Air Pressure Measuring Instruments. Pressure taps and measurement techniques shall be in accordance with ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 41.3. C3.3 Temperature Measuring Instruments. Both wet- and dry-bulb air temperatures shall be measured in accordance with ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 41.1. A measurement accuracy of ± 0.3 °C or better shall be obtained. The smallest scale division of the instrument shall be no greater than 0.05 °C. C3.4 Water Quantity Measuring Instruments. Water quantity measurements shall be made with one of the following instruments having an accuracy as shown: C3.4.1 Scale and tank. Weight measurements shall be made by collecting water in a tank and placing it on a scale with an accuracy of at least ± 1.0% of the total range of the scale, kg/h. C3.4.2 Calibrated pressurized cylinder. Weight measurements shall be made by collecting water in a calibrated cylinder and pressure gauge by placing it on a scale with an accuracy of at least ± 1.0% of the total range of the scale, kg/h. C3.5 Water Pressure Measuring Instruments. Water pressure shall be measured with oil-filled gauges, electronic transducers, or other instruments that provide a maximum error of ±1% of the maximum observed reading or ±3.5 kPa, whichever is larger. Since the pressures measured in this standard are not expected to be steady, the pressure reading indicated on any instrument will fluctuate with time. In order to obtain a true reading, either the instrument shall be damped or the readings shall be averaged in a suitable manner. Multipoint or continuous record averaging can be accomplished with instruments and analyzers designed for this purpose. C3.6 Electrical Voltage. Voltage shall be measured using a volt meter connected to the humidifier over the duration of the test. Volt meters shall have an accuracy of ±1.0% of the observed reading. C3.7 Power Measurement. Power shall be measured using a wattmeter connected to the humidifier over the duration of the test. Watt meters shall have an accuracy of ±1.0% of the observed reading. C3.8 Electrical Energy Measurement. Energy shall be measured using a watt-hour meter connected to the humidifier over the duration of the test. Watt-hour meters shall have an accuracy of ±1.0% of the observed reading.

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Other Measurements. C3.10.1 Supplementary Heat (Water) Flow Rate Measurements. Flow rate measurements shall be made with a liquid type flow meter having an accuracy of ± 2.0% of the quantity measured. C3.10.2 Supplementary Heat (Steam) Condensate Quantity Measurements. Condensate quantity shall be measured with a liquid quantity meter measuring either weight or volume having an accuracy of ± 2.0% of the quantity measured.

C4

Measuring and Treatment Apparatus. C4.1

Method 1 (Testing in duct) C4.1.1 Airflow Rate Measuring Apparatus for Air Distribution Systems. Accurate and precise measurement of airflow rate is necessary to the testing of Humidifiers, which receive air from the space in which they are located and deliver it to an air distribution system. The Humidifier itself exerts no control over the airflow rate circulated through the duct system, yet the performance of several types of furnace and duct-mounted Humidifiers is substantially affected by air velocity within the system. Airflow rates shall be measured using the apparatus described below and in Figure C1. The apparatus shall be constructed as described either in this appendix or in those publications referenced in this standard. The apparatus consists of a fan to serve as supply with variable-speed or damper to control flow rate. It includes a receiving chamber with settling means, one or more airflow measuring nozzles installed in a nozzle plate, a discharge chamber with settling means, and suitable transformation pieces for connecting the airflow rate measuring apparatus to other sections of the air distribution system. The apparatus shall be constructed in accordance with Section 5.3 of ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 41.2, for free inlet, ducted outlet test chamber as diagramed in Figure 13, Inlet Chamber Setup for Multiple Nozzles in Chamber. C4.1.1.1 Setup. The requirements of the airflow rate measuring apparatus, setup for testing, proper connections and connecting ductwork, design and application of appurtenances such as straighteners, mixers, settling means, sampling devices, and variable supply or exhaust means, shall be in accordance with Section 7.2 of ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 41.2 for inlet test chamber. C4.1.2 Air Treatment Apparatus. Each test facility shall be provided with the air treatment apparatus to maintain prescribed conditions of temperature, humidity, duct airflow velocity, and pressure of the air entering the test section in accordance with Section 8.2 of ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 41.2. C4.1.3 Humidifier Test Sections. Humidifier test sections shall be provided to mount the various classes of Humidifiers. The test sections shall be constructed as described below. C4.1.3.1 Return Air (Duct or Plenum) Test Sections. Each return air (duct or plenum) test section shall contain a diffusion baffle and airflow straightener to assure uniform air velocity and temperature within the test section. If two or more Humidifier test sections are located in series, the transition and turning fittings connecting them shall be designed to minimize disturbances in the air stream. Similar transition and turning fittings shall be used to connect a Humidifier test section to an airflow rate measuring apparatus, heating unit, or other apparatus. C4.1.4 Plenum and Duct Sections. Plenum and duct sections shall be used to connect the airflow rate measuring apparatus with other sections of the test apparatus and shall be insulated to prevent heat leakage. All joints and seams in the connecting ducts and between the connecting ducts and adjoining sections of the test apparatus shall be sealed, using tape or other sealants, so that the test apparatus leakage rate must not exceed 0.01 m3/s when a negative pressure of 0.25 kPa is maintained at the plenum's inlet. Special attention shall be paid to sealing the heating unit of the heating section to prevent air leakage.

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Figure C1. Test Apparatus for Air Distribution Systems

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________________________________________________________________ AHRI STANDARD 641 (SI)-2017 C4.1.5 Water Quantity Measuring Apparatus. Means shall be provided to measure the quantity of supply water entering and liquid water exiting the Humidifier under test in accordance with C3.4. C4.1.6 Temperature Measuring Apparatus. Air temperature measurements in ducts and fluid temperature measurements within conduits shall be made in accordance with C3.3. C4.1.7 Supplemental Heat Measuring Apparatus. Means shall be provided to measure the amount of energy added from water, steam, electricity, or any other energy source used to supply Supplementary Heat to a Humidifier with a recirculating coil in accordance with C3.10.1, C3.10.2. C4.2

Method 2 (Room test) C4.2.1 Humidifier Test Room. The test facility shall be provided with air treating equipment to maintain the prescribed conditions of temperature, humidity, and pressure within the test area. Unit under test shall operate at 100% capacity for Standard Rating Conditions as indicated in Table 2. C4.2.2 Water Quantity Measuring Apparatus. Means shall be provided to measure the quantity of supply and waste water used by the Humidifier under test in accordance with C3.4. C4.2.3 Makeup Air/Exhaust Air Conditions. Sufficient makeup air shall be provided and exhaust air shall be removed to maintain the room conditions as specified in Table 2. The intent is to ensure a consistent entering condition for the humidifier.

C5

Test Procedures. C5.1 Test Methods. The test methods described in this appendix shall be used in determining the Humidification Capacity. C5.1.1 Applicability of Test Methods. Humidifiers shall be tested using the method described in this appendix which coincides with the installation method or installation location described in the manufacturer’s installation instructions. C5.2

Conditions of Test. The following conditions shall be maintained throughout the tests: C5.2.1 Air Pressure in the Air Treatment Apparatus. The air pressure around the unit under test (P 3 and P4 in Figure C1) shall be maintained as stated, except that a test tolerance of ± 250 Pa shall be allowed. C5.2.2 Air Temperatures. The air entering the humidifier test section shall be maintained at the dry-bulb temperature and relative humidity selected. During any test, the variation of dry-bulb temperatures shall not be more than 2.0C and the variation of relative humidity shall be not more than 5%. The average of these temperatures shall be the test temperature. This average test temperature shall be within 1.1 °C of the selected dry-bulb temperature and within 5% of the selected relative humidity. (See C5.3.5.2 for temperature correction procedure.) C5.2.3 Duct Airflow Velocity. The duct airflow velocity in the vicinity of the unit under test shall be 2.5 m/s ± 2% with the Humidifier installed, using the calculation method listed in C5.3.5.1. C5.2.4 Electrical Supply Source. Humidifiers that require electrical energy for proper operation shall be connected to a supply of the nameplate voltage and frequency, as measured at the electrical terminals of the Humidifier. A volt meter shall be installed in the electrical circuit when a Humidifier is connected to an electrical supply circuit. Tolerances on voltage shall be ± 1% throughout the test. C5.2.5 Units with Supplementary Heat (Water). The pressure of the feed water entering the recirculating coil shall be maintained with a test tolerance of ± 7.0 kPa. The temperature of the feed water entering the recirculating coil shall be maintained and a test tolerance of ± 1.1 °C shall be allowed. C5.2.6 Water Supply Source. The water supply source shall be directly connected to the Humidifier, and the water control valve on the Humidifier shall regulate the water flow rate. The pressure of the water entering the water control valve shall be maintained and a test tolerance of ± 20 kPa shall be allowed. The temperature of the water entering the water control valve shall be maintained and a test tolerance of ± 1.1 °C shall be allowed.

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AHRI STANDARD 641 (SI)-2017 ________________________________________________________________ C5.3 Test Method. This test method is used to determine the Humidification Capacity of a Humidifier which is installed in the return air duct system or the return air plenum system of an air distribution system. In either case, the Humidifier shall be installed in the humidifier test section in accordance with manufacturer's written instructions. C5.3.1 Test Apparatus. The test apparatus is composed of the following components where applicable: C5.3.1.1 C5.3.1.2 C5.3.1.3 C5.3.1.4 C5.3.1.5 C5.3.1.6 C5.3.1.7 C5.3.1.8

Airflow rate measuring apparatus for air distribution systems (C4.1.1) Air treatment apparatus (C4.1.2) Temperature measuring apparatus (C4.1.6) Water quantity measuring apparatus (C4.1.5 or 4.2.2) Supplemental heat measuring apparatus (C4.1.7) Humidifier test sections (C4.1.3) Plenum and duct sections (C4.1.4) Humidifier test room (C4.2.1)

C5.3.2 Air Velocity. The air velocity in the return air duct system or the return air plenum system shall be maintained at 2.5 m/s or as recommended by the manufacturer based on 24 °C dry-bulb temperature and 13.5 °C wet-bulb temperature as measured at the air measuring device section throughout the test. (A test tolerance of ± 0.10 m/s shall be allowed.) The air flow shall be straightened as per Figure C1. No diverters, plates, or air directing devices, other than those supplied with the Humidifier by the manufacturer, shall be used to direct air at a higher-than-average velocity either toward or away from the Humidifier under test. C5.3.2.1 The cross-sectional area shall be the cross-sectional area of the humidifier test section measured 300 mm upstream of the test unit and perpendicular to the direction of airflow. C5.3.3 Performance Test. The Humidifier to be tested shall be installed in the humidifier test room as described in C4 and the air temperatures, water temperatures, water pressures for the test shall be maintained as described in C5.1. C5.3.3.1 Water Supply Source Adjustment. If the water measuring apparatus prescribed in C4.1.5 and C4.2.2 does not permit supply and waste water flow rate determination while the Humidifier is connected to the water supply source, the procedure described below shall be followed. The purpose for adjusting the water flow rate is to establish the water level that is to be maintained in a Humidifier which has a float or balanced-pan valve, or the water flow rate for a Humidifier equipped with an electric water control valve (solenoid valve). C5.3.3.1.1 Water Level Determination. A Humidifier which contains a reservoir shall be installed in the test section and adjusted in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations. It shall be operated in the humidifier test section while connected to the water supply source described in C5.2.6. The water level in the reservoir shall be observed. After it has remained constant during an operating period of not less than 30 minutes, a water level line shall be marked on the reservoir. This reservoir water level shall be maintained during the capacity test. C5.3.3.1.2 Water Flow Rate Determination. A Humidifier which utilizes an electric water control valve shall be adjusted in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations. (An alternative procedure is to remove the water control valve from the Humidifier and to adjust the flow rate in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations.) The water control valve shall be opened electrically, and the water flow rate through the valve shall be determined using C4.1.5 and C4.2.2. The period of the preliminary test shall not be less than 60 minutes. C5.3.3.2 Connection for Capacity Test. The Humidifier under test shall be connected to the water quantity measuring apparatus described in C4.1.5 and C4.2.2. C5.3.3.2.1 Humidifiers having a float or balanced pan valve shall be adjusted to maintain the water level determined in C5.3.3.1.1.

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________________________________________________________________ AHRI STANDARD 641 (SI)-2017 C5.3.3.2.2 Humidifiers having an electric water control valve shall be adjusted or the water-control supply source shall be controlled so that it equals the water flow rate determined in C5.3.3.1.2. C5.3.3.3 Data to Be Recorded. All data required to determine the Humidification Capacity of the unit shall be observed and recorded where applicable. C5.3.3.3.1 Air Pressures. Air pressures or a differential pressure shall be observed and recorded at the following locations: C5.3.3.3.1.1 Static pressure drop across flow nozzle, (pv), Pa C5.3.3.3.1.2 Absolute pressure of air entering flow nozzle, (Pn), kPa C5.3.3.3.1.3 Pressure in return air duct or return air plenum humidifier test section below atmospheric pressure, kPa C5.3.3.3.2 Air Temperatures. Dry-bulb and wet-bulb temperatures entering the Humidifier, C. C5.3.3.3.2.1 Air entering flow nozzles C5.3.3.3.2.2 Air entering return air duct or return air plenum C5.3.3.3.2.3 Air entering supply air plenum or supply air duct C5.3.3.3.3 Airflow Rate. Airflow rate measurement data shall be recorded in accordance with Section 9 of ANSI/ASHRAE 41.2. C5.3.3.3.4 Electric Power Input. Power input (including transformer) shall be recorded in W. C5.3.3.3.5 Time. The time of each reading and the elapsed time between successive readings of all data, seconds. C5.3.3.3.6 Water Temperatures and Water Pressures. C5.3.3.3.6.1 Water temperature entering and leaving the Humidifier, C C5.3.3.3.6.2 Water pressure during test or during preliminary water adjustment, kPa gauge C5.3.3.3.7 Water Quantity. Weights or water flow rates C5.3.3.3.7.1 Supply water to Humidifier, kg or L C5.3.3.3.7.2 Drain water, kg or L C5.3.3.3.7.3 Unevaporated water (where used), kg/h or L/h (mist collection) C5.3.3.3.8 Supplementary Heat. C5.3.3.3.8.1 The type of supplementary heat (if applicable) C5.3.3.3.8.2 The energy input from supplementary heat shall be recorded in W C5.3.3.4 Procedure. After prescribed Rating Conditions for the test have been attained, no less than five sets of readings shall be taken. The duration of the test shall not be less than thirty minutes. The test shall be continued until the weight or volume of water evaporated or injected into the Humidifier is within 5% for four successive test readings. C5.3.4 Test Results. The Humidification Capacity of the Humidifier under test shall be determined using C5.3.5.2 and shall be the average Humidification Capacity of four successive test runs complying with this section. C5.3.5 Capacity Rating Calculations.

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AHRI STANDARD 641 (SI)-2017 ________________________________________________________________ C5.3.5.1 Calculation of Velocity in the Test Section. The test unit airflow rate through the test section shall be calculated in accordance with Section 11 of ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 41.2. In order to provide a uniform base for expressing Humidification Capacity, the total airflow rate at experimental conditions is then converted to a flow rate at Standard Rating Conditions. C5.3.5.1.1 Calculation of Specific Volume at the conditions present at the Nozzle. The specific volume of the air-vapor mixture at the nozzle shall be calculated as follows: v

1 vn′ = 1+W ∙P 1

101 b +(pv )

273+t

∙ 273+tan a1

C1

or

cn′ = P

101∙vn n ∙(1+Wn )

C5.3.5.1.2 Calculation of Humidity Ratio. The humidity ratio shall be calculated as follows:

𝑊1 = 𝑊𝑛 =

′ ′ (2.5𝑥106 −3155∙𝑡𝑎1 )∙𝑊𝑠1 −1005∙(𝑡𝑎1 −𝑡𝑎1 ) ′ 2.5𝑥106 +1035∙𝑡𝑎1 −4190∙𝑡𝑎1 ′ ′ (2.5𝑥106 −3155∙𝑡𝑎2 )∙𝑊𝑠𝑛 −1005∙(𝑡𝑎2 −𝑡𝑎2 ) ′ 2.5𝑥106 +1035∙𝑡𝑎2 −4190∙𝑡𝑎2

C2

C3

C5.3.5.1.3 Calculation of Specific Volume at Unit. The specific volume of air entering unit shall be calculated as follows:

𝑣1 =

0.287∙(273+𝑡𝑎1 ) 𝑃𝑏

∙ (1 + 1.6078 ∙ 𝑊1 )

C4

C5.3.5.1.4 Calculation of Specific Volume at standard barometric pressure at the Nozzle. The specific volume of air exiting the nozzles at standard barometric pressure shall be calculated as follows:

𝑣𝑛 =

0.287∙(273+𝑡𝑎𝑛 ) ∙ 𝑃𝑛

(1 + 1.6078 ∙ 𝑊𝑛 )

C5

C5.3.5.1.5 Calculation of Airflow Rate Through a Single Nozzle. The volume flow rate through a single nozzle shall be calculated as follows:

𝑄𝑎𝑛 = 𝐾1 ∙ 𝐴𝑛 ∙ 𝐶𝑛 ∙ (𝑝𝑣 ∙ 𝑣𝑛′ )0.5

C6

C5.3.5.1.6 Calculation of the Total Airflow Rate. The total airflow rate through multiple nozzles shall be the sum of the flow rates for each nozzle used. C5.3.5.1.7 Calculation of Specific Volume of the Air-vapor Mixture. The specific volume of the air-vapor mixture entering the unit under test shall be calculated as follows: 𝑣

1 𝑉1′ = 1+𝑊

C7

1

C5.3.5.1.8 Calculation of the Airflow Rate of the Humidifier Under Test. The airflow rate for the Humidifier under test shall be calculated as follows:

𝑄𝑎 = 𝑄𝑎𝑛 ∙

𝑣1′ 𝑣𝑛′

C8

C5.3.5.1.9 Correct Airflow Rate to Standard Airflow. To correct the airflow rate to standard airflow the following equation shall be used: 𝑄𝑎 ′ 2 ∙𝑣1

𝑄𝑠 = 𝐾

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________________________________________________________________ AHRI STANDARD 641 (SI)-2017 C5.3.5.1.10 Calculation of Air Velocity in Test Section. The air velocity in the test section shall be calculated as follows: 𝑣′

𝑄

𝑉𝑡 = 𝐴𝑠 ∙ 𝑣𝑛 𝑡

𝑛

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where: An = At = Cn = K1 = K2 = Pb = Pn = pv = Qa = Qan = Qs = ta1 = t’a1 = ta2 = t’a2 = tan = vn = v’n = Vt = v’1 = v1 = Wn = W1 = Ws1 = Wsn =

Nozzle throat area, m2 Cross-sectional area of test section, m2 Nozzle discharge coefficient 1.414 1.200 kg/s Barometric pressure, kPa Nozzle throat pressure, kPa Velocity pressure at nozzle throat or static pressure difference across nozzle, Pa Airflow rate at test unit, Sm3/s Measured airflow rate at nozzle, m3/s Measured airflow rate of standard air at test unit, m3/s of Standard Air Air entering test unit dry-bulb temperature, °C Air entering test unit wet-bulb temperature, °C Air leaving test unit dry-bulb temperature, °C Air leaving test unit wet-bulb temperature, °C Air entering nozzle dry-bulb temperature, °C Specific volume of air at dry-bulb and wet-bulb temperature conditions existing at nozzle but at standard barometric pressure, m3/(kg of dry air) Specific volume of air at nozzle, m3/(kg of moist air) Air velocity in test section, m/s Specific volume of air at dry-bulb and wet-bulb temperature conditions existing in test section, m3/kg Specific volume of air entering test section, m3/kg Specific humidity ratio of air at nozzle, (kg of moisture)/(kg of dry air) Specific humidity ratio of air entering test section, (kg of moisture)/(kg of dry air) Specific humidity ratio of air at saturation at wet-bulb temperature entering test section, (kg of moisture)/(kg of dry air) Specific humidity ratio of air at wet-bulb temperature at nozzle, (kg of moisture)/(kg of dry air)

C5.3.5.2 Calculation of Humidification Capacity. The Humidification Capacity shall be calculated using the following equation: 𝐻𝑚 = 𝐻𝑠 − 𝐻𝑡 Hm = HS = Ht =

C11

Humidification Capacity, kg/h (Other consistent units, such as L/day may be used.) Water supply rate, kg/h Waste water rate, kg/h

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