Are you interested in turning thermodynamics, 3D printing technology and mechanical engineering into sustainable technology? Do you like to look to the bigger picture, next to solving technical challenges? Can you act both thoughtfull and hands on?

At the moment we have a vacancy for a Final Bachelor Project (via TU/e) only. Are you interested in this project, or are you looking for a job or internship in the future? Feel free to contact us via info@-removethis-chardon-engineering.com for more information.

Vacancy Final Bachelor Project (TU/e): Development of affordable and highly efficient space cooling

Air conditioning systems all over the world are consuming 10% of all electricity produced. Households in moderate climates such as the Dutch, are nowadays also considering air-conditioning systems since summers are getting hotter and, ironically, overheating houses are more frequent due to  better thermal insulation in modern housing. Add to this the increasing cooling demand from urbanizing and increasingly wealthier developing countries and it is likely that this percentage will increase even further.
Apart from their high direct electricity consumption, most dormitory air-conditioners function by means of a circulating coolant with typically high Greenhouse Gas Potential values which will eventually in many cases, leak into the environment. Wouldn’t it be nice to switch to a cooling device that consumes less than 15% of the electricity consumed by a normal air-conditioner and that doesn’t rely on such polluting coolants?
An alternative cooling method that could meet the required efficiency is evaporative cooling. Direct evaporative cooling evaporates water into the indoor air, cooling it down but also introducing moisture in the cooled area that will need to be ventilated out eventually. Indirect evaporative cooling extracts the cold from the evaporation process, and vents the created humid air directly to the exterior, removing the need for extra room ventilation. This indirect evaporation cooling principle is already being used in several large scale HVAC systems, but has yet to be scaled down successfully to the scale of dormitory applications.

The assignment
At Chardon Engineering we are specialised in evaporation, condensation and heat transfer related problems. A product concept has been developed that could be produced and used economically on a sufficiently small scale. In this Final Bachelor Project you will further develop this concept and put it to the test. You will do so by acquiring empirical performance parameters from test set-ups and use these to construct a theoretical model that can predict performance in a range of climate conditions.

About Chardon Engineering
Chardon Engineering is a young engineering firm that works on technology development and product development projects. A major project at the moment is aimed at the development of a highly efficient industrial dryer.
At our workshop in Eindhoven (Hurksestraat 19) you can -help- assemble prototypes and test rigs and put them to the test. We have an extensive toolbox available including a large scale (75 dm3) FDM 3D printer that eases the prototype manufacturing significantly.