Guidelines provide offshore HVAC design criteria

Although the offshore industry lacks standardized guidelines, this article identifies some criteria that an engineer should consider in the design of offshore heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems.During the past 25 years, most offshore HVAC systems designs have relied on trial and error methods, resulting in offshore facilities having many different HVAC designs, such as split systems, chilled-water systems, packaged units, and even modified residential units.The only formalized guidelines for offshore HVAC systems are a few paragraphs in API, Coast Guard, and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) requirements. Even the HVAC industry standard and fundamental han...

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