Asee peer logo

Teaching a Methodology towards a Sustainable, Affordable 3-D-printed House: Heat Transfer and Thermal-Stress Analysis

Download Paper |


2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Architectural Division Technical Session

Tagged Division

Architectural Engineering

Tagged Topic


Page Count




Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors


Ahmed Cherif Megri North Carolina A&T State University

visit author page

Dr. Ahmed C. Megri is an Associate Professor of engineering. He received his HDR (Dr. Habilitation) in Engineering Sciences, from Marie and Pierre Curie University, Paris VI (Sorbonne Universités), in 2011, and his PhD in Thermal Engineering, from Lyon Institute of Technology in 1995. He wrote more than 100 papers in journal and international conferences. His research interests include thermal and mechanical modeling and simulation of materials. He participate in multiple projects, including the Development of a Model for The Metal Laser Powder Bed Fusion Additive Manufacturing Process. Dr. Ahmed Cherif Megri is currently the chair of the NCAT CAM’s Education subcommittee. He contributed to the outreach CAM since 2015.

visit author page


Ismail Megri

visit author page

Is a rising junior at Northwest Middle in Greensboro, has begun taking 3D printing and design courses at North Carolina A&T State University. He participated to 2017 Appalachian Energy Summit Poster Competition.

visit author page


Sameer Hamoush P.E. North Carolina A&T State University

visit author page

Professor and Chair of Civil and Architectural Engineering Department

visit author page

author page

Taher M. Abu-Lebdeh P.E. Orcid 16x16

Download Paper |


In the future, the tendency is toward manufacturing housing based completely on 3D printing because it decreases labor costs, speeds the process of construction and reduces the number of accidents at a work site. Organization such as DOE, CERL are spending a lot for advanced manufacturing in research, education and outreach. Sustainable housing is environmentally friendly housing, in terms of everything from construction to the use of the building. The house needs to be air-tight and highly efficient. It must use renewable energy. Our work will illuminate designing walls in ways that make them mechanically strong and thermally efficient. It will also feature ideas about stress analysis and energy-related problems as heat transfer, moisture and condensation. With respect to housing, 3D printing creates the major parts that go into assembling a house, with blueprints showing all the 3D-printed parts and how to assemble them. Down the line, the scientific community must develop ways to check 3D-printed housing for condensation, mold and other aspects of “sick-building syndrome” that can endanger the health of humans. In addition, building, electrical, mechanical and fire codes must change to make 3D-printed housing more feasible. The objective of this paper is to describe the students’ benefits from introducing a methodology towards a sustainable, affordable 3D-printed house, with emphasis on heat transfer and thermal-stress analysis, into a DOE project, outreach program, and lesson learned. Most importantly, project methodology will be discussed. We discuss the project from students’ point of view, and the experience earned in design, integration, and also in written and oral communication skills. Methodology used to evaluate the effectiveness of this design program in term of learning outcomes is also described.

Megri, A. C., & Megri, I., & Hamoush, S., & Abu-Lebdeh, T. M. (2018, June), Teaching a Methodology towards a Sustainable, Affordable 3-D-printed House: Heat Transfer and Thermal-Stress Analysis Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--31046

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2018 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015