Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Ventilaiton measurement system for Swine Environmental Research Building"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2011 - DURI
Research area(s):
Environmental science and engineering
Project Description:
Ventilation rate measurement is critical for calculating air pollutant emissions from confined spaces. This project involves design and test of a measurement system to accurately measure airflow rates from 24 wall fans at the Purdue Swine Environmental Research Building. The measurement of airflow rates will be realized by using anemometers to obtain the mean wind speeds at the fan exhausts multiplied by the fan exhaust opening areas. The measurement system will be designed to minimize the effect of airflow turbulence, optimize the wind speed measurement location, and facilitate easy maintenance and data acquisition. The student(s) will be required to participate in design of the system, build a lab or field test setup on one of the 24 wall fans, conduct measurement test, calibrate the new setup, process the data, and prepare a test report.
Expected Student Contributions:
The intern can contribute to the building of test setup, conducting the test, calibrating the new measurement device, and processing the data.
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Desired Qualifications:
Science and Engineering major
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Ni, Jiqin
agricultural and biological engineering

Student Supervisor

Jiqin Ni
Assistant Professor

Cooperating Faculty

Brian Richert
Animal Science