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Demand factors for refrigerators in a laboratory #194004
05/04/10 07:21 PM
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Bravo  Offline OP
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Can I apply table 220.56 - demand factors for kitchen equip to laboratory refrigerators? The refrigerators are intermittent in use similiar to kitchen ref's.

thanks in advance.

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Re: Demand factors for refrigerators in a laboratory [Re: Bravo] #194006
05/04/10 08:03 PM
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gfretwell  Online Content

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I vote no. Refrigerators are basically motors.
I see this being 220.14(C) referencing 430.24

(125% of the biggest motor plus 100% of the rest).

If you are coming back from a power failure every one of those reefers will be presenting LRA at the same time. Depending on where you are, that can be a fairly frequent thing.

I am open to being wrong tho. wink



Greg Fretwell
Re: Demand factors for refrigerators in a laboratory [Re: gfretwell] #194024
05/05/10 10:12 AM
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George Little  Offline
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I'm going to agree with Greg on this one for the reason he mentioned plus if we are talking about refrigeration type equipment there is nothing in Article 440 that I am aware of that allows us to apply a demand factor.


George Little
Re: Demand factors for refrigerators in a laboratory [Re: George Little] #194032
05/05/10 02:45 PM
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Agree with Greg and George!


John
Re: Demand factors for refrigerators in a laboratory [Re: HotLine1] #194035
05/05/10 04:24 PM
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Greg bring up an excellent point. After a power failure, that refrigerator will be running as a continuous load until it gets its contents cooled down. Some of that laboratory refrigerators that I've done go down to way below -100 degrees.


Ghost307
Re: Demand factors for refrigerators in a laboratory [Re: ghost307] #194049
05/06/10 12:28 PM
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Bravo  Offline OP
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thanks guys. I will size 125% of the biggest motor plus 100% of the remainders.


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