Ala Sadooghi

PhD Candidate

Project: Improve efficiency of Energy Recovery Ventilators

CFD and HVAC are my main research interests. Through my M.Sc research at Tarbiat Modares University, I have been studying the numerical simulation of 3D evaporative blended fuel sprays as part of my research. After that, I have worked a couple of years in HVAC industry. Due to my passion for CFD and practical topics such as HVAC, I decided to study at UBC for a PhD, and I now do energy analysis, numerical simulation and conduct experiments on ERV from a variety of perspectives.
An Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) is a mechanical ventilation system that helps to improve indoor air quality by exchanging stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air while also transferring heat and moisture between the two air streams. In essence, an ERV is designed to recover the energy that would be lost in the process of ventilating a building and use it to pre-condition the incoming fresh air.
My research objective is to develop a numerical simulation and conduct an experimental study to improve the efficiency of ERVs so as to reduce the penalty such as pressure drop in streams associated with their use.



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