Published: August 8, 2018
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By: Andrew Elliott, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Hashtags: #Design #Engineering #MechanicalEngineering #multidisciplinary #Project #Teamwork
For my Senior Project, I was part of the Controls and Instrumentation Team for Cal Poly’s entry into the 2015 solar house competition. We worked to make lighting and HVAC controls using Arduino microcontrollers. Our lighting plan was ultimately scrapped so that the architects could have more control, but we installed our system to operate the phase change duct. It was designed to cycle inside air when it was hotter than the phase change material, and to cycle outside air when it was cooler than the phase change material (i.e. at night). This way, the conventional air conditioning would be supplemented by a more natural, sustainable process.
Teammates (not on Portfolium): Timothy Ambrose and Mateo Begue