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ASHRAE Funds Student Studies of Noise Levels in Design
Apr 4, 2007
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HVAC association ASHRAE will fund student research to determine if new standards are needed for background noise levels in designing spaces for hearing-impaired people. Nineteen students will receive a total of U.S. $173,000 through ASHRAE's grants-in-aid program, designed to encourage students to continue their education in preparation for service in the HVAC/R industry. The grants are awarded to full-time graduate students of ASHRAE-related technologies.

Grant recipient Lauren Ronsse, from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, currently is studying whether people with hearing impairments respond similarly as people with no impairments to seven mechanical system background noise conditions. The proposed research is a continuation of that study including more people and different types of noise signals. Ronsse will investigate productivity and subjective perceptions of people exposed to mechanical system background noise. Results of the research may lead to development of different standards for noise criteria levels for spaces designed for the hearing-impaired.

Other recipients of ASHRAE grants-in-aid are:

  • Jasmin Raymond, Universite Laval, Sainte-Foy, Quebec, Canada and The Pennsylvania State University, University Park: Geothermal Energy Extraction From Mine Waste Dumps
  • Soolyeon Cho, Texas A&M University, College Station: Development of an Easy to Use Simulation Tool for Designing High Performance Office Buildings in Hot and Humid Climates
  • Scott Hackel, University of Wisconsin-Madison: Optimization of Hybrid Geothermal Heat Pump System
  • Federico Noris, University of Texas at Austin: Investigation of Biological and Non-Biological Contaminants on the HVAC Filter Dust
  • Jeremy Dreiling, Kansas State University: Indoor Air Quality in Health Care Facilities Focusing on Air Cleaning Methods and Technology
  • Yang Bin, National University of Singapore: Ceiling Mounted Personalized Ventilation Air Terminal Devices
  • Mohamed Alshehhi, University of Maryland: Electrostatic Gas-Liquid Separation – Application to Advanced On-line/On-Demand Separation Techniques
  • Benjamin Welle, University of California, Berkeley: Mixed-Mode Ventilation: A Blueprint for Design
  • Paulo Cesar Tabares Velasco, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park: A New Energy Model to Meet the Sustainable Challenge by Enabling ASHRAE Engineers to Calculate Potential Energy Savings Due to Green Roofs
  • Donghyun Rim, University of Texas at Austin: Evaluation of Air-Change Effectiveness as an Indicator of Exposure to Indoor Particulate Matters
  • Bereket Asgedom Nigusse, Oklahoma State University: Fenestration Heat Gain Calculation for the Radiant Time Series Method
  • Prakash Rapolu, University of Cincinnati, Ohio: Microchannel Flow Boiling of Carbon Dioxide Near Critical and Subcritical Pressures
  • Josephine Lau, The Pennsylvania State University: Performance Modeling and Evaluation of In-Duct Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation Systems with Variable Operating Conditions
  • Ian Bell, Purdue University, Indiana: Liquid Flooded Ericsson Cooler with Optimized Compressor and Expander. Bell also receives the 2006-07 Grant-In-Aid Life Member Club grant given to the highest top rated applicant and supported by a financial contribution from the club.
  • Ebrahim Al-Hajri, University of Maryland, College Park: Performance Characterization of Selected Refrigerants in Flat Plate Micro-Scale Condenser: Applications to Expanded Use of Micro-Channel Condensers
  • Zhao Zhang, Purdue University, Indiana: Modeling of Airflow and Contaminant Transport in Commercial Aircraft Cabin
  • Donghyun Seo, University of Colorado at Boulder: Application of Solar Radiation/Illuminance Models to Advanced Daylighting and Solar Heat Gain Control Strategies
  • Robert Slowinski, University of Colorado at Boulder: Fundamentals of Breathing Walls and Their Potential to Reduce Building Energy Consumption and Improve Indoor Air Quality

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