SEMINAR: Progress and Prospect for Hemolysis Prediction and Sustainable Buildings

Dr. M. Keith Sharp Professor of Mechanical Engineering
When May 16, 2018
from 12:30 PM to 02:30 PM
Where Vogt 311
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Contact Phone 502-852-6332
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Red blood cell damage (hemolysis) occurred in some of the first prosthetic cardiovascular devices, and is still a persistent problem. Development of new devices would be assisted if hemolysis could be predicted based on simulated flows through the devices. Despite decades of work, a universal model for all types of laminar and turbulent flow remains elusive. This part of the presentation will present an evaluation of current models and suggest directions for further research to achieve a universal model.

The ultimate sustainable building is one that heats and cools itself entirely from renewable sources. In this part of the presentation, the history of sustainable buildings will be reviewed and a new mathematically-based approach will be introduced for designing an “Ambient House” that uses only solar gains for heating and ambient energy for cooling. In addition to the renewable heating and cooling sources, keys to achieving and all-ambient-energy house are thermal mass and active control of renewable gains and losses.

Speaker's Biography

Keith Sharp earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1976. While there, he competed in the first intercollegiate Baja SAE off-road vehicle race. His M.S. degree was obtained at Colorado State University in 1978, which at that time had the largest experimental solar buildings program in the U.S. His thesis was on stratified thermal storage for solar energy applications. He worked at Solar Environmental Engineering Company in Fort Collins, Colorado for a number of years before going to MIT, where he studied flow and transport in the lungs. He earned his Sc.D. in 1987. After working at the University of Utah Artificial Heart Laboratory, he joined the University of Louisville in 2000. His research continues to span renewable energy and bio-fluid mechanics. He was recently made an ASME Fellow, where he is on the executive committee of the Solar Energy Division and is an associate editor of the Journal of Solar Energy Engineering.