Journal of Applied Sciences1812-56541812-5662Asian Network for Scientific Information10.3923/jas.2013.301.307A. MajidM. AminZainuddinA.TamiruA.L.22013132Performance analysis, optimization and environmental load assessment of an absorption system
requires accurate but simplified models. The objective of the present study is to develop such models based
on non-dimensional parameters (part load ratio, part-load factor and diverter damper position) and ordinary least
squares. Since for the case study, the hourly, daily and monthly load demands data are available, the method
of averaging over eight years is considered. The models are developed for a system comprised of two heat
recovery steam generators and two steam absorption chillers. It was observed that the proposed method is
effective in providing better picture of the relationships between the supplied heat and the amount of energy
recovered by each subsystem. The maximum cooling load experienced by the two chillers was about 2392RT,
which is 4.32% lower than the design capacity. The steam generators were found operating at part load ratio
of about 0.41 only. Both chillers deteriorated in performance within the study period. This was confirmed by
the part load ratio of 0.8 and steam consumption higher than that required for a new chiller. A generalized model
was also identified for the two chillers with the correlation coefficient (R^{2}), chi-square (χ^{2}) and Root Mean
Squared Error (RMSE) equals to 0.9996, 1.9765e-5 and 0.0044, respectively. The model was found accurate for
cooling water temperatures in the range of 29 to 32°C.]]>Hordeski, M.F.,2011Dincer, I. and C. Zamfirescu,2011Kato, S., N. Maruyama, Y. Nikai, H. Takai and A. Widiyanto,2001Chow, T.T., G.Q. Zhang, Z.L. Lin and C.L. Song,2002Braun, J.E.,2006Treado, S., P. Delgoshaei and A. Windham,2011Hinrichen, D. and A.J. Pritchard,2011Widiyanto, A., S. Kato, N. Maruyama and Y. Kojima,2003Yamaguchi, Y. and Y. Shimoda,2010Petchers, N.,2003Matsushita, S., R. Fukushima, M. Fujiwara and M. Otake,2002