Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

2020

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Kristen S Cetin

Abstract

Buildings in the United States consume approximately 40% of energy and 72% of electricity. Commercial buildings consume approximately 1.9 EJ of energy in United States, 50% of which is used for heating, cooling, and lighting applications. It is estimated that windows contribute to 34% of the energy used for heating and cooling. Shading devices help to reduce the energy consumption during the cooling season, and can also impact the energy consumption in the heating season by reducing the solar heat gain entering the building. In addition to this, shading devices also can adjust the amount of daylight that enters a building and the associated visual comfort of the occupant(s). Manually controlled shading device are not operated frequently enough to achieve a balance between energy savings and occupant comfort. Hence, automated controls of shading devices are required to minimize energy consumption without causing visual discomfort to the occupants in a space.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-20200902-81

Copyright Owner

Niraj Kunwar

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

203 pages

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