Dan Saxton
Mechanical Option

DCCC STEM Center - Media, PA

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Dan Saxton's Thesis Proposal

This is a proposal of alternative systems in relation to the mechanical system design as well as two additional breadth topics. The main areas to be studied will be radiant heated and cooled flooring for the ground floor, and the study of natural ventilation capabilities.

(The Revised Proposal involves the eliminiation of the passive solar design study in favor of exploring radiant cooled flooring, as well as a change in the second breadth from Architectural to Acoustical analysis, and the updated Acoustical breadth description is listed below)

Mechanical Depth

It is proposed that radiant heating and radiant cooling will provide needed relief for the building loads in the STEM Center, which lies in a moderate climate. These techniques should aid in the lowering of operating utility costs as well as energy usage and subsequent harmful emissions. Natural ventilation is suggested to be an improvement of the already excellent building sustainability and quality. Study of natural ventilation techniques will include analysis in the way of computational fluid dynamics.

Construction Breadth

With the use of radiant heated flooring, the construction implications will be assessed as a breadth analysis. This will include modification of floor insulation and construction processes. Upon completion of all of these areas, a full life cycle cost analysis will be performed to assess the overall financial effects of the proposed systems.

Acoustical Breadth

As an addtional breadth analysis, the acoustics of the current and proposed mechanical systems will be studied to see the acoustical effects of the proposed changes on this educational building. With the decreased buildingload through the implementation of the aforementioned mechanical systems, there is potential for acoustical improvement.

MAE Proposal

In regards to naturally ventilating the STEM Center, a full study of the wind and fluid dynamics of the site and surrounding buildings will need to be conducted to ensure its effectiveness. Knowledge and methods learned through masters-level coursework in AE 559 Computational Fluid Dynamics will allow for an accurate study. Additionally, the in-depth knowledge of heating concepts in AE 558 Centralized Heating Systems and AE 557 Centralized Cooling Systems will be utilized in the analysis of implementing alternative heating systems for the building.

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