Engineers Develop Ways to Ventilate Your Home

2018-09-25T15:38:05+00:00

Why ventilate? For centuries homes weren’t ventilated, and they did all right, didn’t they? Why do we need to go to all this effort (and often considerable expense) to ventilate houses today?  Engineers have developed several reasons that ventilation is more important today than it was long ago. Most importantly, houses 100 years ago were leaky. Usually they didn’t have insulation in the walls, so fresh air could easily enter through all the gaps, cracks, and holes in the building envelope., the building materials used 100 years ago were mostly natural products that didn’t result in significant off gassing of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde, flame retardants, and other chemicals that are so prevalent in today’s building materials, furnishings, [...]

Engineers Develop Ways to Ventilate Your Home 2018-09-25T15:38:05+00:00

Heat Transfer in the Kitchen: Cutting Energy Costs and Thermal Management

2017-05-10T14:39:57+00:00

Further exploring heat transfer and thermal management that occurs in your average kitchen.

Heat Transfer in the Kitchen: Cutting Energy Costs and Thermal Management 2017-05-10T14:39:57+00:00

Thermal Analysis of Espresso Cup Materials (Part 1)

2017-06-05T11:06:56+00:00

Thermal Analysis of Espresso Cup Materials In our blog this week focuses on espresso coffee and the material of the cup in which it is served. The three standard materials that will be tested are paper, Styrofoam and ceramic. Paper cups are designed for cold drinks, so it is likely that they will result in the lowest amount of thermal energy retention in the espresso coffee. Styrofoam cups are designed as a cheaper and single-use alternative to standard ceramic coffee cups. Since they have the ability to handle a large range of temperatures, they will be able to manage the thermal energy in the espresso coffee. Ceramic cups are designed to handle extremely hot temperatures and then be washed [...]

Thermal Analysis of Espresso Cup Materials (Part 1) 2017-06-05T11:06:56+00:00