Event Title

Heat Transfer Study

Location

CSU Ballroom

Start Date

9-4-2012 10:00 AM

End Date

9-4-2012 11:30 AM

Student's Major

Integrated Engineering

Student's College

Science, Engineering and Technology

Mentor's Name

Ronald Ulseth

Mentor's Department

Integrated Engineering

Mentor's College

Science, Engineering and Technology

Description

The team is modeling the heat transfer out of a building to understand the amount of energy needed to heat the building as well as the affects of different types of insulations. Modeling of the heat transfer will be done experimentally, mathematically, and with a computer simulator so the team can accurately understand what is happening.

By using pre-determined heat transfer coefficients for the materials of the building, relative wind speeds, as well as the design temperatures and building specifications, the team can mathematically model how much energy is needed to heat the building.

To experimentally model the rate of heat transfer, a scaled building must be built and the team must measure how much energy it takes to keep the building at a set temperature. The experiment will be conducted by setting a control and then have multiple trials while changing variables so the driving factors of heat transfer can be determined. By collecting various temperatures, an accurate model of the heat transfer and heat load can be found.

Modeling heat transfer with a computer simulator will use a combination of these techniques. The team will build a virtual building and put values for heat transfer coefficients into the computer. The computer will then do the calculations and give values of how much energy is needed to heat the building.

By doing this experiment, the team will become aware of the important aspects of building design, as well as gain the technical knowledge needed to do these calculations.

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Apr 9th, 10:00 AM Apr 9th, 11:30 AM

Heat Transfer Study

CSU Ballroom

The team is modeling the heat transfer out of a building to understand the amount of energy needed to heat the building as well as the affects of different types of insulations. Modeling of the heat transfer will be done experimentally, mathematically, and with a computer simulator so the team can accurately understand what is happening.

By using pre-determined heat transfer coefficients for the materials of the building, relative wind speeds, as well as the design temperatures and building specifications, the team can mathematically model how much energy is needed to heat the building.

To experimentally model the rate of heat transfer, a scaled building must be built and the team must measure how much energy it takes to keep the building at a set temperature. The experiment will be conducted by setting a control and then have multiple trials while changing variables so the driving factors of heat transfer can be determined. By collecting various temperatures, an accurate model of the heat transfer and heat load can be found.

Modeling heat transfer with a computer simulator will use a combination of these techniques. The team will build a virtual building and put values for heat transfer coefficients into the computer. The computer will then do the calculations and give values of how much energy is needed to heat the building.

By doing this experiment, the team will become aware of the important aspects of building design, as well as gain the technical knowledge needed to do these calculations.

Recommended Citation

Marking, Katherine; Grant Roy; Emily Kilpatrick; and Emmy Stage. "Heat Transfer Study." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 9, 2012.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2012/poster-session-A/46