NArFU student dorms have been chosen by FAMARB: Facility Management of Residential Buildings in Barents region – a Kolarctic-funded project that seeks to enhance the interaction between industrial sectors and academic and research communities in Scandinavia and Northern Russia for better constructional technologies and life support systems – as a demo site for showcasing and testing of advanced HVAC technologies.
“Reconstruction works have been recently completed on the heating system of the students’ hostel. A total of four different radiator designs have been selected for installation in the dorms – bimetallic, cast-iron, aluminum and steel radiators. All of them are in place and connected to newly installed supply lines running from the distribution standpipe. Each radiator is installed with a control system with programmable thermostat by Danfoss Eco to enable remote operation, from a smart phone or computer. There are also adjustable heating modes to ensure energy-saving,” said Pavel Maryandyshev, Director of NArFU Higher School of Power Engineering, Oil and Gas.
The next step is experiment and test, using programmable devices, to see which of the designs outperforms its counterparts in terms of price-to-quality-to-energy efficiency ratio.
“Also, the dorms will receive, later in October, new window units with frames of PVC and wood, and suspended facades that use different types of insulation. All this is expected to produce a cumulative effect for better indoor climate in the dorms. The Higher School of Engineering is currently monitoring such essential parameters are temperature, humidity, air velocity and gas composition (CO, CO2, organic impurities),” said associate professor Maria Frolova of NArFU Department of Composite Materials and Environmental Engineering.
In monitoring the essential indoor parameters, the team of Higher School of Engineering is assisted by sensors (air temperature, humidity, pressure) and a stationary device that measures carbon dioxide content in the air. The measurements are needed to identify which radiator design fits best the comfort standards in the dorms.
This research will yield its first results in the end of this year. In its next stage, FAMARB will be installing a new ventilation system.