PITA Fiscal Year 2015 Projects

Thermofluidic Analysis of a Novel Energy Saving Window Concept

Lead University: Lehigh University
PI: Justin W. Jaworski, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics
Co-PI(s): Brandon A. Krick, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics
PA Industry: Vitrius

Vitrius has developed a novel window treatment to minimize the heat loss to the outdoors via internal, electrical heating of the inner windowpane. However, the benefits of this technology have not yet been addressed from a technical standpoint, with the aim to optimize the energy efficiency of the product. To this end, a series of thermofluid analyses of increasing sophistication will be carried out at Lehigh in conjunction with an experimental program to evaluate the effects of cyclic thermal loading on the integrity of the window structure.

The proposed project will integrate vertically the research of faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students will generate publishable research that will benefit the Pennsylvania energy industry.