Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
In any type of construction, thermal inefficiency is a costly problem. Currently, we base our decisions on which insulation material to use based on R-values given by the manufacturers. Testing will allow a direct comparison of the actual insulating performance efficiency of materials and will prove or disprove the R-value as a reliable means of comparing their insulating properties. This project will test various construction and insulation materials to develop R-values in true building applications. The key areas investigated will utilize a test box built with varying insulation materials and a direct source of heat. Through this testing, the most energy efficient insulation material in a practical application will be discovered.
Williams, Patrick, "Thermal Insulation in Building Design: A Comparison of Insulation Materials" (2004). Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experience Program (OURE). 179.