Presentation Title

Keeping KSC Fresh: An on campus study of how to test ventilation effectiveness

Presenter Information

Benjamin M. Weidman, StudentFollow

Presentation Type

Poster

School

School of Professional and Graduate Studies

Discipline

Safety & Occupational Health Applied Sciences

Mentor

Ralph Stuart

Abstract

A combination of local ventilation (such as fume hoods) and general ventilation (which is the fresh air supplied to the room as a whole) is used to keep workers safe while they work with hazardous airborne chemicals. A key issue in designing these ventilation systems is how to optimize the balance between the local exhaust and general ventilation for a room. One method of assessing the balance of the ventilation in a room uses carbon dioxide (CO2) as a tracer gas (Stuart, et al, 2014).

This poster will use three case studies from the Keene State College campus, to examine the strengths and limitations of using this CO2 test method. By reviewing CO2 assessments that have been completed in a science laboratory, paint booth, and printmaking shop, this poster will identify the architectural parameters that impact the effectiveness of this CO2 tracer test.

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Keeping KSC Fresh: An on campus study of how to test ventilation effectiveness

A combination of local ventilation (such as fume hoods) and general ventilation (which is the fresh air supplied to the room as a whole) is used to keep workers safe while they work with hazardous airborne chemicals. A key issue in designing these ventilation systems is how to optimize the balance between the local exhaust and general ventilation for a room. One method of assessing the balance of the ventilation in a room uses carbon dioxide (CO2) as a tracer gas (Stuart, et al, 2014).

This poster will use three case studies from the Keene State College campus, to examine the strengths and limitations of using this CO2 test method. By reviewing CO2 assessments that have been completed in a science laboratory, paint booth, and printmaking shop, this poster will identify the architectural parameters that impact the effectiveness of this CO2 tracer test.