Faculty Advisor

Savilonis, Brian James

Abstract

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.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2013

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Program

Mechanical Engineering

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