CoolTools Pipe Size Optimization Tool
Traditionally, most designers size
piping using rules of thumb, such as limiting friction rate
(e.g., 4 feet per 100 feet of pipe), water velocity (e.g., 10 feet
per second), or a combination of the two. These methods are
expedient and reproducible, but they seldom result in an optimum
design on either a first-cost or life-cycle cost basis.
The CoolTools Pipe Size Optimization Tool incorporates the above
design and cost factors, allowing the designer to find the lowest
cost piping system design.
For a complete discussion of chilled water plant pumping system optimization, see the CoolTools Chilled Water Design Guide.
The CoolTools Pipe Size Optimization Tool (v1.6.1) runs on Microsoft Excel 2007 (12.0) or a later release running on a compatible platform of Windows Vista or later. Installation requires a minimum of 1 MB of free disk space, but 5 MB of free space is recommended for running the program.
Known issues in earlier versions of this tool have been corrected in this new version.