Savilonis, Brian James
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
The deCordova Snow House exhibit consists of an underground granite structure which preserves an enormous snowball from winter to summer solstice. The team was tasked with the thermal analysis of the exhibit to recommend viable options for insulation and storage. By performing a heat balance on the proposed design, a finite difference model was created to calculate the resulting diameter of the snowball in summer. By utilizing industrial insulators and preindustrial ice house designs, an appropriate result can be reached.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
All authors have granted to WPI a nonexclusive royalty-free license to distribute copies of the work, subject to other agreements. Copyright is held by the author or authors, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise noted.