Performance mapping, modelling, and development of membrane-based energy recovery ventilation exchangers

Membrane based energy recovery ventilation (ERV) is now a key component of most energy efficient modern buildings. ERVs improve the indoor air quality of buildings through ventilation and reduce the energy cost of ventilation by using building exhaust air to pre-condition fresh building supply air. In cooling conditions heat and humidity are removed from the incoming air and in heating condition heat and moisture are added to the incoming air. The membrane in the device allows the transport heat and moisture without transport of other gases and contaminants from the exhaust air to the supply air. Better models are required for predicting performance of exchangers of different geometry, materials, and assembly methods. In this project students will assist in testing, prototype assembly, and analysis of exchangers and develop improved performance models for membrane-based ERVs.

Faculty Supervisor:

Steven Rogak


Iman Rahgozar Abadi;Behzad Aminian


CORE Energy Recovery Solutions


Engineering - mechanical



University of British Columbia



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