Finding the parameters of our lab building and creating a model that simulates the energy that is being used, can help improve Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning. The lab building will be a representation of buildings and or homes. These results will improve the efficiency of buildings within its thermostat setpoints by being able to adjust to the change of weather for creating more consistent systems. They are many different approaches, using thermal networks is by far the simplest approach. Creating the thermal modeling network elements of the lab building will show the heat flow path through which energy is transferred through. For this method only one resistance and one capacitance is needed, but in this model there will be three resisters and two capacitors. Using this process, equations can be created to calculate the total of energy being used. These equations need a series of temperatures in and around the lab; therefore, sensors will be used to temperature data. The sensors will be placed in the area that are needed to collect data. The data from the equations, will form diagrams that will be analyzed for patterns. These analyses will help create systems that will improve Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning in buildings or homes.


Bonnie Buratti

Lab site

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC)

Funding Acknowledgement

The 2017 STEM Teacher and Researcher Program and this project have been made possible through support from Chevron (www.chevron.com), the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (www.marinesanctuary.org), the California State University Office of the Chancellor, and California Polytechnic State University, in partnership with SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.



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