The HVAC&R Equipment Performance Group expands the scientific knowledge of air-conditioning, heat pumping, and refrigeration technology. The Group's focus is to improve the energy efficiency of HVAC&R equipment, which is the predominant end-user of energy in buildings. The research activities include innovative and fundamental heat transfer measurements of refrigerants; experimental and analytical studies of systems and components; development of
The research activities encompass analytical and experimental studies of new-generation refrigerants; experimental and simulation investigations of space-conditioning systems in current and net-zero energy buildings; and research of novel cooling/refrigeration technologies. The current projects include:
The best-known contributions of the Group are those related to the research of environmentally-acceptable refrigerants, the development of advanced simulation tools, and the formulation of the SEER and HSPF performance descriptors for the test procedures of residential air conditioners and heat pumps.