Dr. James Ferguson
The purpose of this research was to explore the energy savings between passive and active ventilation techniques and explore the feasability of a hybrid solar ventilator. The methodology that was employed for this research involved fluid flow analysis, thermal and heat transfer analysis and system modeling and controls. Additionally, machine design skills such as stress, failure and fatigue analysis were employed to ensure the longevity of the final design. Results can be placed into two categories. First, annual savings in terms of energy consumption for active versus passive ventilation will be displayed for various geographical areas. Second, a hybrid solar and household current rooftop ventilator design will be on display along with pertinant supporting documentation.