ASHRAE provides undergraduate HVAC&R grants

Mar 03, 2005

Hoping to provide students a place where they can gain hands-on experience, an HVAC&R playground is being constructed at Pennsylvania State University through a grant from ASHRAE.

Twenty-six grants, totaling some $110,000, have been awarded by ASHRAE to colleges and universities worldwide to promote the study and teaching of HVAC&R, encouraging undergraduate students to pursue related careers. The grants are used to design and construct projects.

ASHRAE’s Student Activities Committee received 41 applications for the 2005 Senior Undergraduate Grant Program, a 20 percent increase over last year. Grants are awarded ranging in amounts from $5,000 (the maximum amount available per project) to $1,725.

View related content on

Currently, Penn State juniors majoring in architectural engineering are exposed to HVAC&R equipment primarily through course lectures, a few site visits and weekly practicum where
problems are solved on paper. As a result of the lack of hands-on experience, the field of HVAC&R loses students to other career specialization options, such as lighting, according to Jelena Srebric, Ph.D., Penn State.

“The lab will give students a place to interact and play with HVAC&R equipment and principles they learn about in their class,” she said. “It will promote HVAC&R while directly impacting students’ career decisions.”

The lab will include an air handling unit, two air-conditioning window units, a small heat pump, low differential pressure instruments and manometers, carbon dioxide meters, VOC meters and a human simulation device.

Other ASHRAE grant recipients are:

•   The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, an energy recovery demonstration module;
•   Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, a refrigeration testing laboratory unit;
•   Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, HVAC, thermodynamics and controls trainer;
•   Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, Ind., effectiveness of nanofluids as a transfer medium in HVAC;
•   Rochester Institute of Technology, a traveling “energy and the environment” activity kit for middle and high school girls;
•   University of Colorado at Boulder, experimental investigation of thermal and energy performance of a task/ambient conditioning system;
•   Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, demonstration of microchannel heat exchangers for a transcritical refrigeration cycle;
•   Minnesota State University-Mankato, a radiant cooling and control demonstration unit for use in engineering courses;
•   Virginia Tech, Virginia Tech solar decathlon;
•   All India Shri Shivaji Memorial Society’s College of Engineering, Pune, India, experimental setup to understand heat transfer coefficient enhancement due to turbulators in convective heat transfer;
•   De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines, an HVAC instrument and intelligent control laboratory;
•   University of Detroit Mercy, an automotive air-conditioning system for laboratory use;
•   Jimei University, Jimei, Xiamen, China, a test facility for air outlets with cold air distribution;
•   Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas, test stands for demonstrating characteristics of axial and centrifugal fans;
•   Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, a solar refrigeration (ice-maker) for engineering labaratory;
•   Bradley University, Peoria, Ill., heat exchanger and pump system design project;
•   The University of Auckland, New Zealand, a modern vapor compression refrigeration/heat pump cycle demonstration unit;
•   University of Oregon, building respiratory systems;
•   University of Toledo, demonstration of a reversed refrigeration cycle as a power generator;
•   American University of Beirut, thermal comfort and energy consumption of radiant ceiling panel system combined with displacement ventilation and desiccant cooling;
•   Universidade do Algarve, Faro, Portugal, a climate chamber;
•   Tri-State University, Angola, Ind., design of an industrial refrigeration system simulator;
•   Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, air flow test branch;
•   Tongji University, Shanghai, China, self-adjustment of an experiment refrigeration system with a variance of load;
•   Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne, a heat pump unit for lab use.

Show Comments
Hide Comments

Join the discussion

We welcome your thoughtful comments.
All comments will display your user name.

Want to participate in the discussion?

Register for free

Log in for complete access.


No one has commented on this page yet.

RSS feed for comments on this page | RSS feed for all comments