Project Examples

Energy Saving Analysis for Window System at JFK Civic Center

Course: 22.341 - Conduction & Radiation Heat Transfer
Semester: Spring 2007
Instructor: Hongwei Sun
Partner: City of Lowell, John F. Kennedy Civic Center, Division of Planning and Development

Project Description:  Energy Saving Analysis for Window System at JFK Civic Center.  Students in the Conduction and Radiation course assessed and analyzed winter heat loss for the city of Lowell’s civic center building. The students provided a heat loss analysis of the current window system along with a payback analysis according to a suggested window replacement system.  This project provided a helpful opportunity for students and faculty to gain an enhanced understanding of local community needs. In addition, the city was provided with useful information and an informed heat loss analysis of their current window system in the JFK Civic Center.  The project provided mutually beneficial learning opportunities for the partners involved.  For example, the students were exposed to practical problem solving in tangent with real community needs. On the other hand, the city received information useful for problem solving and planning to meet community needs with the help of university. 

Learning objectives met by the S-L project were for students to:

  • Apply principles of conduction and radiation in a design project
  • Understanding of heat transport phenomena in practical system

Community objectives met by the S-L project:

  • Energy loss analysis and payback analysis of the window system
  • The report provides technique information for the city decision-making processes