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  1. hallra

    hallra Member

    Hi Forum,

    I am attempting to manually balance the radiators in my house, to get an average of 11c drop between Flow and Return on each radiator.

    I have set the boiler temprature to 65c.

    With the Grundfos Alpha 3, it has several control modes, with each mode needing a value set:

    Constant Pressure requires a setpoint in metres.
    Proportional Pressure requires a setpoint in metres.
    Constant Curve requires a setpoint percentage.
    Radiator Mode (Auto Adapt)

    - Most manual balancing advice out there, states to start with a run speed of II, then change it if the 11c balancing can't be achieved.

    With this option not avaiable, would running a constant curve (which I believe is a constant speed) at say 65%, be the way to go or I should be using something else?


    All advice would be much appreciated


    Thanks
     
  2. John.g

    John.g Member

    Which model (head) have you got is it the 4M or the 6M or the 8M, you should see 40 or 60 or 80 at the end of the pump label, something like 25-40 etc. Also what is the boiler output (condensing or non condensing?) and number of rads and have you got zoning or TRVs or whatever on your system?.
     
  3. hallra

    hallra Member

    Hi John,

    It’s the Alpha 3 Model B 15-50/60, so 6M.

    The boiler is a Glowworm Ultracon 24HXI, the manual says condensing boiler on its cover.

    The piping is a S Plan layout.

    There are 8 steel panel Rads and two towel rails.

    The house is microbore throughout.

    It is piped for one zone, 8 Rads have Smart TRVs and 2 have manual TRVS.


    Let me know if other information is needed?


    Regards

    Richard
     
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2019
  4. John.g

    John.g Member

     
  5. John.g

    John.g Member

    OK, thanks. As you have a condensing boiler set to 65C then I would suggest aiming for a rad deltaT of 15 to 20C to get the maximum condensing effect as long as it doesn't affect your rad outputs too much.
    I would suggest a first setting of PP3 which is 2.25 to 4.3M head, then read off and write down the power consumption, then change to CP2 which is 3.2M constant pressure and again read off and write down the power consumption, then change to Auto Adapt (if available on that pump) and again read off and write down the power consumption. Try and do the initial readings with all rads and hot water cylinder calling for full heat, if your system is up and running just now I would still do the above. I have a somewhat similar set up to your one with a different pump (no auto adapt) and on a PP setting of 2.0 to 4.0M the power consumption varies between 20/22W and 12/14W when the TRV's are throttled/throttling down, the (20 kw, non condensing) boiler deltaT is ~ 22/24C.
     
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2019
  6. hallra

    hallra Member

    Hi John,

    thanks for the infomation, however, I'm not sure how to set PP3 and CP2 on the Alhpa 3, as these settings are not available and it's where I get stuck.
    - I think PP3/CP2 are settings on Aplha 2.
    - No Information in the Alpha 3 manual on how to do it.

    For propotional pressure and constant pressure, there is no range, just a single setpoint in 0.1m increments.
    - do you know how I can mimic the PP3 & CP2 seetings you suggest?

    From what I understand, AutoAdapt automatically adjusts it own PP/CP setpoints, however, when I've used Auto Adapt, the system struggles to heat up the radiators and rooms can't retain heat.

    Finally, with doing as you advise, once I have all these readings, how do I best decide what to stick with, what to use to get the Delta T close to 15/20c.

    So for all the questions, but the manual is hopeless and Grundfos support more so.
     
  7. John.g

    John.g Member

    You say "For propotional pressure and constant pressure, there is no range, just a single setpoint in 0.1m increments." can I take it then that you can select proportional pressure (PP control) and incrementally increase it? if so just select it and increase it to 4.0 or a little higher say 4.3.
    What setting are you using now? and what is the power consumption??. I thought that the Auto Adapt might be a bit weak alright, can you remember what was its power consumption?.

    Can you please post a link to your instruction manual, thanks.

    Edit: Is this the pump & manual (attached).?
    Sorry had wrong file...is this it, I think so.

    Edit again: reading this file it would appear that you need the Grundfos GO App??? and the pump comes in the default mode of Auto Adapt, have you got this App? if not what, if any, settings can you change.?

    You might be able to download the app and configure it from your laptop....have a read of this.
    A New Grundfos Pump Range is Circulating - Plumbase Blog

     

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Feb 15, 2019
  8. hallra

    hallra Member

    Hi John,

    Got to collect the Mrs and sort her out...

    I’ll gather the information and come back to you later on this evening.

    Much Appreciated
     
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  9. hallra

    hallra Member

    Hi John,

    Yes, I have the Grundfos Go Remote app on the phone, it configured/controls the Alpha 3 pump.

    It uses Bluetooth to talk to the pump.

    It allows the control mode, operating mode & setppoint to be set

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  10. hallra

    hallra Member

    I’ve opened all smart/manual TRVs to max so constantly calling for heat.

    This is auto adapt:

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  11. hallra

    hallra Member

    Proportional Pressure at 4.3M:

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  12. hallra

    hallra Member

    Constant Pressure at 3m (default):

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  13. hallra

    hallra Member

    The app can also produce this report. (attached)

    I can create one for Constant pressure and Auto Adapt, if the contents are useful?
     

    Attached Files:

  14. hallra

    hallra Member

    Alpha 3 document.
     

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  15. John.g

    John.g Member

    Thanks for that, now, the reading of 0.4 M3/hr (6.7 LPM) @ 3M on CP, my system has almost double that flow rate @ 3M ie ~ 12 LPM so it would appear that you have a lot of resistance to flow, possibly in part due to the micro bore piping. The only way, without major piping surgery, to get the flow rate up is to increase the pump head, but because head is proportional the square of the flow then if you require say a minimum of 12 LPM with everything opened up you would need a pump head of, (12.0/6.7)^2, or 9.6M,
    I would set the pump to its maximum possible head in CP mode now and see what the resultant flow rate is and the power consumption.
    I think you can set the max flow on that app as well in the different modes so ensure that it is not < 1.5 M3/hr.
     
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