[Sbse] environmental chamber

Derek Clements-Croome d.j.clements-croome at reading.ac.uk
Sat Sep 12 00:39:54 PDT 2020

Hello Michael
I installed one at Loughborough University Some years ago. Dr Mahroo Eftekhari who researches there could possibly send you details. They need to be very flexible in design to enable many different sets of conditions to be simulated. Try to offer realistic conditions with the lighting for example.
Very best

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On 11 Sep 2020, at 22:45, Stefano Schiavon <schiavon at berkeley.edu> wrote:

Hi Michael,

environmental chambers come in very different forms and cost. It may strongly depend on what you want to do with it.
For energy-related experiments, it would be ideal to be able to do an energy balance. A couple of examples are the climatic chamber at UT Austin build by Atila Novosalac and the Price industries hydronic chamber<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.priceindustries.com/content/uploads/assets/literature/brochures/price-research-center-north-flyer.pdf__;!!JYXjzlvb!3nusgpvMMTJiYt0pJR3Kp6_0kEArtJu0-xU4OGtwvjDYSuDXpIXz2GSez0NV5Q$>. For human thermal comfort research, you would like to be able to independently control the air and mrt or at least keep them the same. An example is the CBE climatic chamber described here<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://escholarship.org/uc/item/0mn5485n__;!!JYXjzlvb!3nusgpvMMTJiYt0pJR3Kp6_0kEArtJu0-xU4OGtwvjDYSuDXpIXz2GSVIABtrw$> or the ICEE/DTU chambers<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.ib.byg.dtu.dk/english/research/facilities__;!!JYXjzlvb!3nusgpvMMTJiYt0pJR3Kp6_0kEArtJu0-xU4OGtwvjDYSuDXpIXz2GQr5lcATQ$> (they have 7 climatic chambers and 4 field chambers) or the IEQ chambers at Syracuse University<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://syracusecoe.syr.edu/what-we-offer/research-facilities/carrier-total-indoor-environmental-quality-lab/__;!!JYXjzlvb!3nusgpvMMTJiYt0pJR3Kp6_0kEArtJu0-xU4OGtwvjDYSuDXpIXz2GSviBFqIA$>. You also want a large range of control, for example, from 15  to 34 C and RH from 10 to 90%.  For air quality research, you may need good emission control and often stainless walls/floor/ceiling to avoid surface reactions. We tried to design the SinBerBEST chambers<https://urldefense.com/v3/__http://sinberbest.berkeley.edu/content-page/testbed-facilities__;!!JYXjzlvb!3nusgpvMMTJiYt0pJR3Kp6_0kEArtJu0-xU4OGtwvjDYSuDXpIXz2GTG6bA5xg$> for thermal comfort, lighting, and air quality research. You may have outdoor chambers, like the LBNL/Flexlab 8 chambers<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://flexlab.lbl.gov/__;!!JYXjzlvb!3nusgpvMMTJiYt0pJR3Kp6_0kEArtJu0-xU4OGtwvjDYSuDXpIXz2GS40HiWOQ$> or the BCA Skylab<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.bcaa.edu.sg/who-we-are/learning-journeys/bca-skylab__;!!JYXjzlvb!3nusgpvMMTJiYt0pJR3Kp6_0kEArtJu0-xU4OGtwvjDYSuDXpIXz2GRLv1hH6Q$>.

Hope this quick email helps.


On Fri, Sep 11, 2020 at 2:05 PM Zaretsky, Michael <michael.zaretsky at uta.edu<mailto:michael.zaretsky at uta.edu>> wrote:
Hello SBSE’ers

We are in the midst of the renovation of a space for research at the University of Texas at Arlington and we have a space allotted for a room-sized environmental testing chamber. I have no experience with these and am hoping that some of you might share your knowledge of these tools. We have some ideas of how we intend to use it, but we need to come up with a plan quickly. We have to spend the funds to get it built within the next 6 months due to grant restrictions. If anyone has experience designing and building a room-sized chamber, please share through SBSE or reach out to me directly – Michael.zaretsky at uta.edu<mailto:Michael.zaretsky at uta.edu>.


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Associate Professor, Dept of Civil Engineering
Director of Architectural Engineering
University of Texas at Arlington
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