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Final Thesis Report

Here is the finished report. The thesis defense is taking place on the 29th of March at Navitas in Aarhus, Denmark. If you are interested in attending the defense or would like a copy of the appendix just send me an email (info@stackhr.com).

First results from experimental setup

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With all of my classes and finals being over I'm now able to focus my attention on the StackHR project and writing my thesis. I have been making a lot of progress on the project lately, so I think it's high time for a little update here on my blog!
For the thesis I'm focusing my attention on the heat recovery performance when operating at laminar and turbulent flow conditions. The setup basically consists of the coaxial heat exchanger "ventilating" a "room" that is represented by two plenum boxes. The two boxes are connected with a duct, through which I'm moving air with a couple of small PID controlled desktop computer fans. The fan speed is varied so that a pressure differential between the two boxes, equal to what would naturally occur due to stack effect in a full size setup is maintain at all times.
Below are a couple of pictures of the actual setup:




I have already gathered a bunch of data, and I have been really surprised by how reliably the …

First Public Release of Research Paper on Sustainability of the StackHR System

Here is the paper that Nikolaj and I wrote about our Life Cycle Assessment of the StackHR system for our class on Sustainable Design and Production at Aarhus University. Be warned that it does get a bit technical in places. I hope you enjoy the read if you still choose to proceed!

Life-Cycle Assessment of StackHR

Alongside my experimental testing of the StackHR concept for my masters thesis, my buddy (and fellow postgraduate engineering student) Nikolaj Vendelbo and I have been working on a LCA study investigating the sustainability of the concept for quite a while now.

Today we presented our findings for our class on Sustainable Design and Production at Aarhus University, and apparently we must have done quite well as we got some great feedback from both of the professors attending the presentation.

For our study we investigated the sustainability of the StackHR concept through a comparative LCA where we benchmarked the proposed system against both traditional natural ventilation systems and State-of-the-Art mechanical ventilation systems featuring high efficiency heat recovery.
We did so by evaluating the total environmental impact of the systems in terms of greenhouse warming potential (as well as other relevant impact factors) over the full expected lifetime of a building. Doing so obviousl…

Sensirion SDP810 Differential Pressure Sensor Code for Arduino

Lately I have been working a lot on a control system to emulate stack effect for use in the experimental setup I'm constructing. For the control system I'm using some small but extremely accurate and fast responding digital pressure differential sensors manufactured by Sensirion. The sensors are called SDP-810-125Pa, and while I've found two Arduino libraries intended for communication with these sensors, neither worked for what I'm doing, as I need to run the sensors in "continuous mode". I've therefore resorted to just communicating directly with the sensors over I2C using the build-in Arduino Wire.h library. This has turned out to not be too difficult (I managed it after all), and the Arduino code can still be kept pretty compact. I'm sharing the basic code below for anybody else using these sensors with Arduino MCU's. Also I've been in contact with a software developer at Sensirion who has told me that he is working on expanding their ardu…

Construction has begun

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Besides calculating and coding the best I've learned, actual construction of the test setup has now also begun. Luckily I have a dad with experience from the trades willing to lend me a hand.

More materials coming in

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I just picked up the ductwork and plywood I'll use to construct the experimental setup. In this regard I would like to thank Lindab A/S in Viby Denmark for donating high quality duct and fittings for the project, this stuff is a pleasure to work with.