thesis proposal

Proposal: Various alternatives are described in this report, with a final redesign being proposed as well.  The focus of the redesign for the M Resort will be a combined heating, cooling and power system.  This was chosen due to the high electrical and thermal loads as well as a reduced life cycle cost and overall energy consumption.  Due to the scope of work presented, the breadth topics deal mainly with the electrical and structural building systems.  Finally, a tentative work schedule has been laid out in order to facilitate the completion of the project for next semester. 

download the full revised proposal in PDF format - january 19,2009

download the full proposal in PDF format

download the executive summary in PDF format

download the breadths in PDF format

download the proposed thesis work schedule

MAE content:

This redesign involves the research and selection of a combined heat and power system. This will meet the requirement of including material from a 500 level class, AE 551.



Most immediately the electrical system will be altered.  The current system draws power from the grid while the redesign generates power internally.  Various means of switches and connections to the grid will have to be researched and implemented.  Also new load for the proposed mechanical equipment will have to be calculated and incorporated.  If the mechanical rooms are relocated, the electrical supply will also have to be rerun.  With the changing of the electrical loads the feeders, panel loads, over current protection devices, and main distribution lines would have to be checked and resized. 


The mechanical room is currently located within the building; upon relocating it to the exterior perimeter of the building the internal structure can be altered.  This will result in more prime space being allotted for the resort.  Currently the structural system is supporting equipment on the roof above the mechanical room, with out this load the structural system would be redesigned to allow for differently loaded beams to be installed.  Also a new structure would need to be constructed for the proposed mechanical redesign that would be able to carry the weight of the new equipment. 

Construction Management

Electricity will be generated within the building in the redesign.  Therefore it would be of interest to analyze the costs of the new system in regards to the lifecycle and overall building cost along with operational costs.  The construction schedule would have to allow for the timely delivery and installation of the CHP systems so that electricity can be supplied to the building process.



While great efforts have been taken to provide accurate and complete information on the pages of cpep, please be aware that the information contained herewith is considered a work‐in‐progress for this thesis project. Modifications and changes related to the original building designs and construction methodologies for this senior thesis project are solely the interpretation of thomas chirdon. Changes and discrepancies in no way imply that the original design contained errors or was flawed. Differing assumptions, code references, requirements, and methodologies have been incorporated into this thesis project; therefore, investigation results may vary from the original design.
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