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Choosing a Control Panel Cooling unit

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Control Panel Cooling unit
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How to choose a model in the ENC series

1. How to select a control panel cooling unit [indoor installation]

The cooling capacity required to maintain the inside of the control panel at the desired temperature can be calculated by the following equation.

(1) Total heat generated inside the control panel

Total amount of heat generated by the devices stored inside the panel.
*Refer to the heat generation list by device for the amount of heat generated by each device.

(2) Heat transfer coefficient

The heat transfer coefficient represents the proportion of heat trying to penetrate inside the panel from the outside.
It varies depending on the type and thickness of the sheet metal, but in steel plates with a thickness of 2 mm, it is about 5 [W/m2· °C].

(3) Maximum ambient temperature

Temperature that is expected to be the highest in the installation environment.

(4) Desired temperature inside the panel

Desired temperature inside the panel (recommended temperature is 35 °C).

(5) Effective surface area of control panel

Total surface area of all the surfaces in the target control panel that are in contact with the atmosphere (for autonomous panels, this is the surface area excluding the bottom surface).

2. How to select a control panel cooler [outdoor installation]

For outdoor installation, the model is selected by adding the amount of the energy from sunlight to the figure of the control panel cooler selected for indoor installation that is calculated in (1) How to select a control panel cooler [indoor installation].

Required cooling capacity [W]
= Total solar radiation penetration heat + cooling capacity required for indoor panel (Refer to Section 1. How to select a control panel cooler [indoor installation])

How to determine the total solar radiation penetration heat

1) Calculate the amount of penetration heat due to solar radiation.

The amount of solar radiation depends on the installation location, date, time, and orientation.

★Solar radiation sample data of each surface (Tokyo area, July 22 weather clear) Unit: W/m²

  Sky side North side East side South side West side
11 o’clock 1026.7 302.8 302.8 305.1 77.3
12 o’clock 1064.0 78.3 78.3 325.9 78.3
13 o’clock 1043.0 78.8 78.8 310.1 307.7
14 o’clock 980.2 79.1 79.1 261.7 523.3
15 o’clock 872.1 80.7 80.7 179.8 715.3

Therefore, the required solar radiation penetration heat will be the sum of all the values calculated for each side. The solar radiation amount of each side is determined by the following formula.

Total solar radiation penetration heat = Housing surface temperature rise on each side (equivalent outside air temperature rise) × heat transfer coefficient × surface area of each side
Equivalent outside air temperature rise [°C] =
olar radiation on each side [W/m²] ×
Solar absorption rateHousing outer surface heat transfer coefficient [W/m²・℃]
Description of terms
  • “Heat transfer coefficient (W/m²・ °C)” ... When there is a temperature difference between the ambient temperature (temperature rise on the housing surface) and the desired temperature, the opposing surface area ratio of the penetration (or dissipation) heat due to heat transfer varies according to the plate thickness and material of the control panel but this is defined as 5 to 6 W/m²・ °C by the Thermal Solution Equipment for Cabinet Technical Association.
  • Housing external heat transfer coefficient (W/m²・°C) ... This value is believe to be about 10 W/m² °C when there is no wind, and about 15 W/m² °C at a wind speed of 1 to 2 m/s. The higher the wind speed, the greater the heat transfer rate.
  • “Temperature rise on housing surface (equivalent outside air temperature rise)”... Equivalent rise in the air temperature due to sunlight.

From the above, it can be seen that the value varies depending on the installation area, color and condition of the panel surface, condition of the outer walls of the panel (thickness, double structure, installation of sunshade, etc.), condition of the wind flowing over the panel and so on.

As an example, we’ll try to calculate it with the control panel under the following conditions.

◎Height 2000 mm, width 1000 mm, depth 500 mm ◎ door surface facing south ◎Tokyo district, July 22, weather clear, 14 o’clock, windless ◎thickness 2 mm, paint color: light beige, single structure wall surface

Position of face Solar radiation
(W/m²)
Solar absorption rate Outer surface of housing
Heat transfer rate
(W/m²・℃)
Equivalent outside air
Temperature rise
(℃)
Heat transfer coefficient
(W/m²・℃)
Surface area(m²) Solar radiation heat(W)
Sky side 980.2 0.5 10 49.01 5 0.5 122.5
North side 79.1 0.5 10 3.955 5 2 39.6
East side 79.1 0.5 10 3.955 5 1 19.8
South side 261.7 0.5 10 13.085 5 2 130.9
West side 523.3 0.5 10 26.165 5 1 130.8
Total solar radiation penetration heat 443.6

CautionSince the absorption rate changes when the surface of the panel becomes dull together with use over the years, it is therefore necessary to select a model with the safety factor in mind.

3) Select the model by applying the required cooling capacity above to the capacity characteristic graph of each control panel cooler.

<Notes on selection>

  1. Note that the amount of heat generated varies greatly depending on how the inverter and servo amplifier are used and the motor torque etc.
  2. For inverters with a rated output of 50 kw or more, check with the manufacturer as the amount of heat generated varies greatly depending on the manufacturer.
  3. When selecting a model, select one that exceeds the required rating capacity and cooling capacity.
  4. Note that the capacity calculated by the above formula is just an estimate and not an absolute value.
  5. Be extra careful because the expected cooling capacity may not be obtained depending on the sealing of the control panel, position relative to the heating element, and the air flow inside the control panel.
  6. Carry out regular maintenance as dirty filters, deterioration of the fan motor etc. may lead to a drop in the cooling capacity.

List of calorific values by equipment

1. Power supplies and transformers

Storage devices inside panel Calorific value (recommended value) Remarks
Small transformer Rated capacity
- 100VA About 15 %
- 300VA About 10 %
- 1kVA About 7 %
- 3kVA About 5 %
- 5kVA About 4 %
  • The smaller the transformer, the larger the heat generation ratio.
Large transformer
(Single phase)
Rated capacity
- 20kVA About 2 %
- 100kVA About 1.5 %
- 300kVA About 1 %
 
Large transformer
(3-phase)
Rated capacity
- 20kVA About 2.2 %
- 100kVA About 2 %
- 200kVA About 1.5 %
- 300kVA About 1.4 %
- 500kVA About 1.2 %
 
Voltage regulator About 10% of the rated capacity  
Large resistor About 1/3 of the rated capacity  
Constant voltage power supply Rated capacity
- 2kVA About 15 %
- 10kVA About 10 %
 
Uninterruptible power supply
(UPS)
Output capacity
- 1kVA About 20 %
- 5kVA About 20 %
- 10kVA About 20 %
- 20kVA About 15 %
- 50kVA About 15 %
- 100kVA About 15 %
  • The smaller the transformer, the larger the heat generation ratio.
  • The amount of heat generated is the value at which the storage battery is in the floating charge state.
  • Regular inverter power supply system
DC stabilized power supply
(Switching regulator)
About 20-30% of the rated capacity
  • The smaller the transformer, the larger the heat generation ratio.
  • Amount of heat generated at 100% of the rated capacity.
Low voltage capacitor About 0.2-0.3% of the rated capacity
  • Rated capacity is in kVA.
    Reference
    (1kVA=265.3μF)

2. Amplifiers

Storage devices inside panel Calorific value (recommended value)Remarks Remarks
AC servo amplifier Rated capacity
- 0.1kW About 50 %
- 0.5kW About 15 %
- 1kW About 8 %
- 3kW About 5 %
- 5kW About 4 %
- 11kW About 3.5 %
- 22kW About 3 %
  • The smaller the transformer, the larger the heat generation ratio.
  • Amount of heat generated at 100% of the rated capacity.
  • The value indicated is a general estimate.。
    Contact each manufacturer for more information.
Inverter Rated output
- 0.4kW About 12.5 %
- 0.75kW About 11 %
- 1.5kW About 8 %
- 2.2kW About 7 %
- 3.7kW About 6 %
- 7.5kW About 6 %
- 11kW About 5 %
- 22kW About 4.5 %
- 75kW About 4 %
- 280kW About 3 %
  • The smaller the transformer, the larger the heat generation ratio.
  • Amount of heat generated at 100% of the rated capacity.
  • The value indicated is a general estimate.。
    Contact each manufacturer for more information.
AC reactor
(200 V system)
Rated capacity
3.7kW About 10 W
5.5kW About 17 W
7.5kW About 19 W
11kW About 20 W
15kW About 29 W
22kW About 33 W
30kW About 39 W
37kW About 41 W
45kW About 47 W
55kW About 55 W
75kW About 65 W
90kW About 76 W
110kW About 83 W
  • Notation for amount of heat generated.
  • The amount of heat generated at an input voltage of 50 Hz, a voltage balance of 0%, and a motor load of 100%.
AC reactor
(400 V system)
Rated capacity
3.7kW About 8 W
5.5kW About 11 W
7.5kW About 13 W
11kW About 14 W
15kW About 19 W
18.5kW About 27 W
22kW About 36 W
30kW About 39 W
37kW About 50 W
45kW About 56 W
55kW About 66 W
75kW About 71 W
90kW About 86 W
110kW About 94 W
132kW About 119 W
160kW About 135 W
200kW About 155 W
220kW About 170 W
280kW About 210 W
  • Notation for amount of heat generated.
  • The amount of heat generated at an input voltage of 50 Hz, a voltage balance of 0%, and a motor load of 100%.
DC reactor
(200/400 V system)
Rated capacity
0.4kW About 2 W
0.75kW About 3 W
1.5kW About 6 W
2.2kW About 8 W
3.7kW About 14 W
5.5kW About 19 W
7.5kW About 25 W
11kW About 31 W
15kW About 36 W
18.5kW About 40 W
22kW About 52 W
30kW About 60 W
37kW About 67 W
45kW About 95 W
55kW About 100 W
  • Notation for amount of heat generated.
Braking resistance and control unit
(200/400 V system)
Rated capacity
3.7kW About 190 W
5.5kW About 280 W
7.5kW About 380 W
11kW About 550 W
15kW About 750 W
18.5kW About 930 W
22kW About 1100 W
30kW About 1500 W
37kW About 1900 W
45kW About 2300 W
55kW About 2800 W
75kW About 3800 W
90kW About 4500 W
110kW About 5500 W
  • Notation for amount of heat generated.
  • Amount of heat generated at 100° control torque and 5% braking frequency.
Thyristor
(Single phase)
Rated current
- 25A About 50 W
- 35A About 55 W
- 50A About 75 W
- 75A About 90 W
- 100A About 120 W
- 150A About 200 W
- 250A About 350 W
- 350A About 400 W
- 450A About 560 W
- 600A About 700 W
  • Notation for amount of heat generated.
Thyristor
(3-phase)
Rated current
- 25A About 90 W
- 35A About 115 W
- 50A About 175 W
- 75A About 250 W
- 100A About 320 W
- 150A About 520 W
- 250A About 930 W
- 350A About 1150 W
- 450A About 1600 W
- 600A About 2000 W
  • Notation for amount of heat generated.

3. Wiring equipment

Storage devices inside panel Calorific value (recommended value)Remarks Remarks
Circuit breaker for wiring
(MCCB)
Rated capacity
- 20A About 7 W
- 50A About 14 W
- 100A About 21 W
- 225A About 45 W
- 400A About 115 W
  • Amount of heat generated at 100% of the rated current.
  • For 3P (proportional to polarity.)
Electrical leakage circuit breaker (ELCB) Rated capacity
- 225A MCCB + About 5 W
- 400A MCCB + About 30 W (electrical leakage circuit unit, etc.)
  • Amount of heat generated at 100% of the rated current.
  • For 3P (proportional to polarity.)
    However, the electrical leakage circuit unit acts independently of the polarity.
Electromagnetic contactor Rated capacity
- 4kW About 7 W
- 11kW About 15 W
- 22kW About 30 W
- 37kW About 50 W
- 55kW About 90 W
- 110kW About 200 W
- 160kW About 340 W
- 200kW About 460 W
  • Amount of heat generated at 100% of the rated current.
Thermodynamic overload relay
(Themal)
Rated current
- 15A About 2 W/pole
- 30A About 3 W/pole
- 100A About 7 W/pole
- 150A About 9 W/pole
- 450A About 10 W/pole
- 600A About 12 W/pole
  • Amount of heat generated at the maximum current value set.
Electromagnetic relay About 5 W per unit
  • Amount of heat generated at 100% of the rated current.

4. Control equipment

Storage devices inside panel Calorific value (recommended value)Remarks Remarks
Small relay
Mini relay 1~2W/Pieces
Power relay 2~3W/Pieces
 
Solid state relay
(SSR)
Load current value×approx. 1.8 W  
Temperature controller Current consumption is considered to be the amount of heat generated.  
PLC Compact PLC
AC power type
I/O score 10 to 40 points 30 to 50 W
I/O score 64 points and above I/O score × 1 W
DC power type I/O score × 0.5 W

Approximately the power consumption of a standard PLC power supply unit

 
PC Approximately the power consumption of the power supply  
LCD monitor About 20 W per unit  
Touch panel About 100 W per unit  

5. Others

Storage devices inside panel Calorific value (recommended value)Remarks Remarks
Fan motor
90□ size About 10 W
120□ size About 20 W
140□ size About 40 W
150φ size About 55 W
180□ size About 55 W
  • Rated input is considered to be the amount of heat generated.
  • For axial fan motors.
  • For AC input.
  • Size is the frame size.

Caution The above-mentioned heat generation materials by equipment that are based on materials issued by the Thermal Solution Equipment for Cabinet Technical Association contain additional materials that have been independently investigated by Apiste.
If you would like to determine the exact amount of heat generated, please contact the various equipment manufacturers as the amount of heat generated by each device is just an estimate.