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Design and evaluation of a body temperature controlled Air-conditioning system

Wild, Stuart (2016) Design and evaluation of a body temperature controlled Air-conditioning system. Honours thesis, Murdoch University.

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While remote sensing technologies for airconditioners have been available for some time, no research has been done on airconditioner remote sensing of the body. This thesis looks at the opportunities for remotely sensing body temperature from the wrist. The goal of this report was to evaluate any potential energy savings to be had for airconditioners by utilising this measure of the body. A prototype was designed emphasising factors such as size, weight and energy consumption/battery life. The prototype was then evaluated for success by comparison with baseline energy use and the observance of a reduction in the coefficient of determination between outside air temperature and energy use. While dramatic energy savings were not realised due to the simplistic nature of the prototype, a saving of almost a kilowatt hour for sub 35ºC days was able to be achieved. These results show the promise that body temperature sensing offers.

Publication Type: Thesis (Honours)
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering and Information Technology
Supervisor: Cole, Graeme
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