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Heat Loss Analysis

Course: 10.305 - Heat Transfer - Handout
Instructor: Al Donatelli
Partner: Merrimack Valley Food Bank (MVFB)

Students performed a heat transfer analysis of the Merrimack Valley Food Bank to determine the cause of heat loss problems in the winter, and excessive heat in the summer. A cost analysis was also performed to determine the payback period of the alterations proposed that would reduce the energy consumption.

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Winter Heat Loss Analysis for the Historic section of UTEC

Course: 10.304 - Heat Transfer
Semester: Spring 2008
Instructor: Al Donatelli
Partner: United Teen Equality Center (UTEC)

UML students made a site visit to take measurement and hear about the mission and function of the organization and the current space. Aaron Chalek, Development Coordinator and Building Project Manager gave the students a tour and introduced them to some on the teens present. The students were later give data about the furnace and heating and lighting usage and cost data, broke into group each analyzing a different month.

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Heat Analysis for the Mental Health Association (MHA) of Greater Lowell

Course: 10.304 - Heat Transfer
Semester: Spring 2007
Instructor: Al Donatelli

Partner: Mental Health Association (MHA) of Greater Lowell

UMass Lowell students in the Heat Transfer course performed a heat transfer analysis for the office areas on the first and second floors of the MHA. They determined heating requirements for a worst-case scenario in the winter as well as for a typical winter day. Students proposed alterations to improve the heating process in the office areas.

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Winter Heat Loss Analysis and Redesign for the MVFB

Course: 10.304 - Heat Transfer
Semester: Spring 2006
Instructor: Al Donatelli
Partner: Merrimack Valley Food Bank (MVFB)

Students performed a heat transfer analysis of the Merrimack Valley Food Bank to determine the cause of heat loss problems in the winter, and excessive heat in the summer. A cost analysis was also performed to determine the payback period of the alterations proposed that would reduce the energy consumption.

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Recommendations for using a Commercial Heat Recovery System to Save Money

Course: 22.441 - Thermo Applications
Semester: Spring 2008
Instructor: Hongwei Sun
Partner: Pollard Memorial Library

The students performed an analysis and made recommendations for using a commercial Heat Recovery System to save money; currently the Library wastes heat because of their existing Air handling unit. The professor reported that as evidence of positive results for the students was that they gained “good understanding of air-conditioning thermal processes and capability to improve in solving practical thermal-related problems.

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Estimating Dollar Savings of Utilizing Air-to-Air Heat Exchangers

Course: 22.441 - Thermo Applications
Semester: Spring 2006
Instructor: Majid Charmchi
Partner: Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association

Students focused on specific renovation objectives of the non-profit community building owned by the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association (CMAA) by estimating dollar savings of utilizing air-to-air heat exchangers. The students measured the appropriate temperatures and air flow rates in a small HRV that was available in a UML lab, extrapolated the performance of this particular HRV to a larger set of these in the CMAA building and estimated heating and cooling energy that would be saved with this heat exchanger.

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Heat Recovery for Building HVAC System

Course: 22.441 - Thermo Application
Instructor: Majid Charmchi
Partner: City of Lowell, Division of Planning and Development

Students investigated and analyzed heat exchanger options for the John F. Kennedy Civic Center building for the City of Lowell.

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Using Hydrology to Gain Insight on Chloride Levels in Wells In Dunstable

Course: 14.460 - Water Resources Engineering
Instructor: Xiaoqi (Jackie) Zhang
Partner: Town of Dunstable, Massachusetts

UMass Lowell students in the Water Resources Engineering course were asked to look at the hydrologic conditions at the sites of the various wells tested for chloride concentrations by the students in the Environmental Engineering Lab (Spring 2006) in order to try to explain to the Dunstable Board of Health (BOH) the hydrologic conditions that may contribute to the chloride values found at the various wells.

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Human Voice Volume Monitor

Course: 16.317 Microprocessor Systems Design I
Instructor: Yan Luo
Partner: Life Links, Inc.

LifeLinks, Inc. is an advocate and service & support provider for people with developmental disabilities and their families in Lowell, Massachusetts. The students from the Microprocessor System Design I designed a microcontroller-based device to measure the volume of a human voice. This device will assist the hearing impaired, which can speak and have normal vision, to get visual indication of their voice volume. The students applied the knowledge of PIC microprocessors and microcontroller system design and programming to create the product, which is expected to be delivered to clients after additional improvements on the design have been made.

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Hydro-Lock Automation Stress Analysis Project

Course: 22.425 - Design Machine Elements
Semester: Fall 2006
Instructor: Chris Niezrecki
Partner: Lowell National Historical Park (LNHP)

Students analyzed the mechanical components for static and dynamic loading failure and fatigue failure. Each of the five Design of Machine Elements projects were different and conducted in collaboration with a partner organization listed above. The S-L projects were reported to have engaged students’ interests and enthusiasm. The S-L projects also provided student motivation for working on the assignments. The S-L projects also provided the professor with creative problems that needed solving, versus just a classroom exercise.

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Green Building analysis for Habitat for Humanity

Course: 22.504 - Energy Systems Design
Semester: Fall 2007
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner: Habitat for Humanity (HFH)

Habitat for Humanity (HFH) was beginning to design and build green homes that will lower the monthly energy expenses for the homeowner as well as make for a cleaner environment. Currently, the architectural consulting firm, Building Science, has helped HFH with the layout and plans for the houses (which are a total of eight built from the same model and which will be built in the span of 4 years). Nevertheless, the two students from the Workshop course contributed additional knowledge and recommendations to this effort through the design of passive solar, heat loss analysis, solar thermal, PV analysis and cost analyses.

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Estimation of Benefit of Insulation for Heating Pipes

Course: 26.348 – Heat Transfer
Semester: Spring 2007
Instructor: Jan “Jim” Huang
Partner: The Mental Health Association of Greater Lowell

Students in the Heat Transfer course were presented with the challenge of estimating the insulation layers needed to be put on heating pipes in order to reduce and to even the room temperature, and to reduce the cost of heating.

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