Title

Thermal Optimization by Energy Modeling of a Passively Solar Residential Design System-Trombe Wall using Water Barrel

Presenter Information

Albrion Symonette

Department

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Major

Civil Engineering

Research Advisor

Baur, Stuart Werner, 1965-

Advisor's Department

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Funding Source

Missouri S&T Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experiences (OURE) Program

Abstract

Aspects of the building passive solar design such as the placement, sizing and type of fenestration, thermal massing and shading are influential in the performance of Missouri S&T’s Solar House at the 2013 Solar Decathlon. This research focused on the use of trombe wall design using water barrels as a thermal mass. Using computer generated models the trombe wall design was analyzed to provide an estimated performance analysis in terms of energy savings.

Based on preliminary analysis and review of other similar case studies the energy savings generated from this type of system was approximately 5-10% for our regional climate. Other case studies yielded higher energy savings. It is anticipated that this research will aid the Missouri S&T solar house team in finalizing their building design and additionally provide information about passive strategies that would help engineers, architects and consumers.

Biography

Albrion grew up in the Bahamas. His interest in engineering was the result of seeing the design of structures that were resilient to al various weather conditions especially hurricanes. With his involvement in the solar house project he particular grew more interested in designing and building structures that not only withstood hurricanes but are also energy-efficient. He is planning to take his experiences from Missouri University of Science and Technology back to his home.

Research Category

Engineering

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Location

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Presentation Date

10 Apr 2012, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Thermal Optimization by Energy Modeling of a Passively Solar Residential Design System-Trombe Wall using Water Barrel

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Aspects of the building passive solar design such as the placement, sizing and type of fenestration, thermal massing and shading are influential in the performance of Missouri S&T’s Solar House at the 2013 Solar Decathlon. This research focused on the use of trombe wall design using water barrels as a thermal mass. Using computer generated models the trombe wall design was analyzed to provide an estimated performance analysis in terms of energy savings.

Based on preliminary analysis and review of other similar case studies the energy savings generated from this type of system was approximately 5-10% for our regional climate. Other case studies yielded higher energy savings. It is anticipated that this research will aid the Missouri S&T solar house team in finalizing their building design and additionally provide information about passive strategies that would help engineers, architects and consumers.