Progress and Prospects for Sustainable Buildings
Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. M. Keith Sharp, has been an active member of the UofL Sustainability Council and heavily involved in passive solar research.
He will be retiring this summer and presenting his culminating lecture on two separate topics during this Mechanical Engineering Seminar:
1. Modeling flows to reduce red blood cell damage (hemolysis) as a result of prosthetic cardiovascular devices.
2. The ultimate sustainable building is one that heats and cools itself entirely from renewable sources. 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 an all-ambient-energy house are thermal mass and active control of renewable gains and losses.
Keith Sharp 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.