The Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) is pleased to announce the Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) student research awards. AMO sponsors the awards competition to honor exceptional students participating in the IAC program. The program provides students at 24 university-based IACs with hands-on training and real world experience in energy engineering and management.
The research awards are designed to create incentives for undergraduate and graduate students to pursue assessment-inspired research projects in the areas of manufacturing and industrial energy efficiency. The awards are intended to enhance traditional student-led research efforts and to formally recognize those research proposals that stand out as being exceptional and particularly innovative. Information about the winning student projects follows below:
Fourth Annual IAC Student Research Awards
2015 Student Projects
University of Alabama: Joseph Carpenter, Andy Cloyd and Saba Lalani, IAC Students; Dr. Keith Woodbury,Advisor - "Energy Performance Estimation of Industrial Cooling Towers" Industrial cooling towers are utilized to remove heat from a
variety of sources such as machinery, furnaces and heated process, etc. Energy conservation measures (ECMs) for improving industrial cooling tower operation efficiency including fan and pump speed control have been proposed to IAC clients. However, a systematic and scalable, yet simple and relatively accurate,approach to estimate annual energy performance of industrial cooling towers is still lacking. Comparisons of an effectiveness-NTU method with an empirical model using field data from past AIAC clients will be conducted and a recommended model will be proposed. Total annual cost of operation with different ECMs will be estimated based on the proposed model and field measurements.
University of Michigan: Dan Brognakke, Yuhao Pan, Eugene Wang, IAC Students; Dr. Arvind Atreya, Advisor
"Radiation enhancement in melting and heat treating furnaces to increase productivity and reduce pollutants" - an inexpensive method with significant benefits" The aim of the proposed research is to develop methods of creating high luminosity combustion in melting and heating furnaces by additives mixed with oxidant or natural gas. This will reduce the gas temperature and pollutant formation and increase efficiency.