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Building Equipment Technologies

Building Equipment Technologies

 Heat Air Moisture Penetration Chamber
Heat Air Moisture Penetration Chamber

Through use of extensive experimental facilities, advanced hardware-based design models, and incorporation of emerging materials, BTRIC research has helped industry launch some of the most energy-efficient building equipment technologies on the market today. Research focuses on heat pumps, heating ventilation & air conditioning, dehumidifiers, appliances, water heaters, refrigeration systems, and advanced energy storage systems. BTRIC researchers are deploying neutrons to gain a deeper understanding of the structure of novel materials in heat exchangers, characterizing refrigerant flow and phase change process for the development of thermal solutions.

Focus areas:

  • Vapor-compression cycles (including trans-critical, ejector, and other variations)
  • Absorption/adsorption/desiccant cycles
  • Magnetocaloric/electrocaloric cycles
  • Working fluids, materials
  • Heat Pumps, air conditioners, dehumidifiers
  • Packaged rooftop units
  • Appliances
  • Water heaters
  • Supermarket refrigeration systems
  • Ground-source space conditioning and water heating systems
  • Multi-zone heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems