Project Title: Enhanced air diffuser design for improved ventilation efficiency and thermal comfort

Faculty Sponsor: Mihai Burzo

Department: Computer Science, Engineering, & Physics



Project Description: This project will study the effect of the design of air diffusers (vents) on the ventilation efficiency, thermal comfort and indoor air quality in a small room. It is expected that using an enhanced air diffuser design would lead to potentially reduced building energy usage while improving the thermal comfort of its inhabitants. This project is aimed at quantifying this improvements. The project will include both a numerical and an experimental part. In the first part of the project a CFD/Fluent numerical simulation of several air diffuser designs will be carried out while the experimental part would be used to validate the numerical results.  A third part of the project (future work) will focus on using an infrared thermography and visible camera, as well as several bio-sensors (galvanic skin response, heart rate tracker, respiration rate tracker) to assess the thermal comfort of building’s inhabitants for various air diffuser designs.

This project is a UM Flint - Softaire Diffusers Inc.  ( collaboration.

Student Tasks & Responsibilities:

  • Familiar with using CAD tools (SolidWorks, Creo, ProE).
  • Familiar with Computational Fluid Simulation (CFD) tools such is Fluent. Preference will be given to students that have passes the EGR 452 (Computational Fluid Dynamics) with a grade of “B” or better.
  • Attend weekly project meetings
  • Prepare articles, reports, and presentations

Additional Tasks & Responsibilities: 

  • Collect and analyze data
  • Prepare materials for submission to granting agencies and foundations
  • Request or acquire equipment or supplies necessary for the project
  • Manage and respond to project related email
  • Attend area seminars and other meetings as necessary
  • Summarize project results

Minimum Qualifications: Engineering students that have completed at least one-year towards a BSE in Mechanical Engineering (or Engineering) Degree.