|Ductsize lets you create a complete duct system from start
to finish, and gives you control over every aspect of the
design. You can let the program size all the ducts for you
(using three different sizing methods), or enter your own
sizes to analyze an existing design. Or you can do any combination
of the two, where you specify the duct sizes through tight
areas where there is little room for ductwork, and let the
program calculate the sizes everywhere else. If you are an
engineer or HVAC designer who wants to step up to the ultimate
in a duct sizing program, then Ductsize is for you.
Calculates optimal air conditioning duct sizes.
Computes round, rectangular, & flat oval duct sizes.
Four sizing methods available: Static Regain, Equal Friction,
Constant Velocity, and As Built ("Presize").
New! Links to Autodesk Building Systems 2006 (Static Regain
version only) .
Includes a built-in fan library for noise calculations .
Fitting Selector displays drawings of over 190 ASHRAE duct
fittings, now inclding return fittings.
Project Explorer provides a tree-style graphical representation
of all trunks & runouts in the project.
Includes Duct Connection Tree Diagram report, a concise,
graphical report to give the installer.
Both supply and return duct systems can be entered in the
same project. Return-side duct system losses are automatically
accounted for when calculating the supply-side duct system.
The number of trunks & runouts is virtually unlimited.
Calculates from manually entered data or directly from duct
drawings created with Drawing Board (sold separately).
Trunks and runouts are each given a user defined name instead
of just a number. Trunk and runout names can be changed
at any time.
A virtually unlimited number of separate duct systems can
be entered in a single project.
Provides comprehensive color reports which can be printed,
previewed on screen and saved to disk.
Determines noise levels and required attenuation.
Reports can optionally be generated as HTML file.
Reports can optionally be generated as an RTF file (for
Microsoft Word) or a PDF file (for Adobe Reader).
Uses ASHRAE and SMACNA procedures.
Uses either English or metric units.
Includes customizable toolbar and menu to fit your work
Ductsize quickly calculates optimal duct sizes using either
the static regain, equal friction, or constant velocity
method. Data entry can be accomplished manually or taken
graphically from either Drawing Board or Autodesk Building
Systems 2006. Duct sizes can be calculated on a round, rectangular,
and flat oval basis. Noise levels and required attenuation
are printed for each runout duct. A library of fan data
for noise calculations is built into the program. Ductsize
allows an unlimited number of duct sections, and is suitable
for both constant volume and VAV systems as diversity is
accounted for. Ductsize also has an option for specifying
duct height and width constraints to control sizes. This
feature is also useful for analyzing problems in existing
systems where the duct sizes are already specified. Ductsize
is based on the design procedures given in the ASHRAE Handbook
of Fundamentals and the SMACNA HVAC Systems Duct Design
Manual. Important new features include a Project Explorer
and corresponding report that provide a tree-style graphical
representation of all trunks and runouts in the project.
In addition, both supply and return duct systems can be
entered in the same project.
The Ductsize Program is based on the design procedures given
in the ASHRAE Handbook of Fundamentals, the ASHRAE Duct
Fitting Database, and the SMACNA HVAC Systems Duct Design
manual. The program can calculate using either the static
regain, equal friction, or constant velocity methods. The
user's manual gives detailed information on the exact equations
used, and explains how to manually verify program results.
All input data is checked at the time of entry so that no
improper data can be entered. Four types of data are requested:
general project data, system and fan data, trunk data, and
runout data. The general project data includes the project
name, location, client name, duct material, desired sizing
method, and more. The fan system data includes the fan type,
minimum and maximum allowable air velocities, desired noise
levels and more. The trunk and runout data includes such
information as duct length, connection numbers, material
type, insulation R-values, fitting quantities, runout cfm
values, and any duct height and width constraints. Optionally,
input data can be taken directly from a duct drawing file
created in Autodesk Building Systems 2006, or from Ductsize's
own Drawing Board window.
Ductsize provides four basic output reports: general project
data, trunk and runout sizing information, and noise analysis.
In addition to these reports, if you also purchase Drawing
Board you can print out the floor plan view of your duct
system, complete with duct and fitting names, flow arrows,
and register sizes and orientation.
Link to AutoDesk Building Systems 2006
The Static Regain version of Ductsize can import duct systems
from a dwg file created with Autodesk Building Systems 2006.
You simply click on the main trunk of the system you want
to import from the dwg, and Ductsize then imports all the
duct information from that system of duct objects. Then
Ductsize will calculate duct sizes and pressure loss information
and automatically assign this data back to the objects on
the dwg. Then you can click "Resize System" in
ABS and it will update the drawing and redraw the ducts
and fittings with the sizes that Ductsize calculated. This
powerful and easy to use feature is only fully enabled in
the Static Regain level of Ductsize, but is included with
the Demonstration and Equal Friction versions as well in
a limited form so you can try it out.