June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Energy Conversion and Conservation
26.446.1 - 26.446.11
Design and Construction of a Renewable and HVAC Technologies Testbed “Shack”In 2012 the university received an ASHRAE Senior Project Grant to design and build a testbedstructure (i.e. “shack”) for studying topics related to renewable energy and/or HVACtechnologies. The shack design was loosely based on typical ice fishing huts. This servedseveral purposes. First, the inclusion of “ice fishing” creates an immediate engagement for bothstudents and the public. It is hoped that this will generate interest in energy efficient andsustainable design topics beyond the upper level engineering courses. Second, the ice fishingshack style of design implies it is portable. As a portable structure it can be moved to differenttest sites, high schools, open houses, and possibly trade shows or State Fair exhibitions.The shack design incorporates a number of interesting technologies. Its structure includes aunique aluminum frame with aerogel insulation. The roof is partially covered with photovoltaiccells and one wall includes a solar thermal air heater. The collector for this was constructed fromrecycled aluminum cans. Thermocouples placed on and within different surfaces allow data ontemperatures and heat transfer rates to be determined. This paper will describe the basictechnical details, the design, and construction of the shack.The design and construction of the shack has taken longer than originally intended. Currently athird iteration of student researchers is working to complete the shack. The difficulties studentsencountered will be discussed in relation to their experience and design approach. Studentimpacts and direct feedback from the students will included to reinforce this discussion.
Tebbe, P. A., & Chetrit, A., & Aleckson, L. (2015, June), Design and Construction of a Renewable and HVAC Technologies Testbed, “Shack” Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23784
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