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Analysis of Decentralised Air Humidification Systems for the UMCG

Salverda, Sake (2023) Analysis of Decentralised Air Humidification Systems for the UMCG. Integration Project, Industrial Engineering and Management.


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Air humidification is an important factor within hospitals as it has an influence on comfort, safety and medical equipment functioning. To reduce their dependency on gas, the UMCG is looking to replace their gas-powered steam humidification system with new decentralised systems. Steam-powered and adiabatic humidification are considered. The main goals of this study are, to provide insights into the standpoints of other hospitals with regards to adiabatic humidification, to create insights into the operational costs and resource usage of air humidification systems and to create an inventorisation of guidelines and regulations for humidification systems applicable to the UMCG. With regards to the operational costs, it was found that both alternatives result in an energy reduction of approximately 30% and in addition to that result in lower operational costs. In combination with increasing the use of desiccant wheels, these savings became even bigger. With respect to the guidelines and regulations, it was found that there are only a few guidelines and/or regulations for hospitals within the Netherlands. Especially with regards to whether or not adiabatic humidification is allowed, most of them were lacking specific guidance. The main reason for not using adiabatic humidification within hospitals was due to negative advice from their Infection Prevention department. Lastly, a five-step model was proposed to the UMCG to increase the sustainability of their air humidification.

Item Type: Thesis (Integration Project)
Supervisor name: Mohebbi, M. and Ree, C.M. and Kousemaker, T.M. and Takens, J.
Degree programme: Industrial Engineering and Management
Thesis type: Integration Project
Language: English
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2023 12:00
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2023 12:00

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