Department

Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Ahmed Megri

Description

Various housing studies have shown that one quarter of a household’s energy is lost through the attic (Andrews, 1996), (Geer et al. 1998). Accurate modeling of a household attic can lead to a better understanding of the physical phenomena that occurs, which can lead to more efficient household mechanical systems. In this experiment, thermocouples were placed at various locations inside a household, its attic, and outside and used to measure temperatures in these areas in order to evaluate the heat loss. The wind speed and direction was recorded in intervals throughout the duration of the experiment. Using the data collected experimentally in the household, our objective is to use these results to validate a theoretical household attic model developed by Dr. Ahmed Megri (Megri et al., 2008).

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Oral Presentation, Wyoming NSF EPSCoR

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Experimental Validation of Transient State Heat Transfer in a Residential Attic Space

Various housing studies have shown that one quarter of a household’s energy is lost through the attic (Andrews, 1996), (Geer et al. 1998). Accurate modeling of a household attic can lead to a better understanding of the physical phenomena that occurs, which can lead to more efficient household mechanical systems. In this experiment, thermocouples were placed at various locations inside a household, its attic, and outside and used to measure temperatures in these areas in order to evaluate the heat loss. The wind speed and direction was recorded in intervals throughout the duration of the experiment. Using the data collected experimentally in the household, our objective is to use these results to validate a theoretical household attic model developed by Dr. Ahmed Megri (Megri et al., 2008).