April Meeting will Feature Student Design Group


Our April 25 meeting, will feature a presentation by Dr. William (Bill) Miller's Senior Design Project Team. Dr. Miller is a Research Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as well as an instructor at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Miller received his Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee. He has led a group of undergraduate Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering (MABE) students as they complete their Senior Capstone Project.

Bill's current group of students are in the process of building a combined cooling and power (CCP) system that cools air for use in comfort conditioning and generates electricity from waste heat. Rather than dissipate condenser heat to the environment, the refrigeration system will convert the primary refrigerant’s condenser heat into  electricity.The key challenge is to transfer refrigerant condenser heat to shaft power and drive a turbine/alternator set for converting high quality heat into useful electricity. Students have used the NIST REFPROP[1] v9.1 refrigerant routines and have modeled the refrigeration cycle using the MATLAB programming language which the School of Engineering at UT has licensed for student academic work. Students are building a prototype CCP with support from UT Facility Services refrigerant technicians.

We expect a good crowd for this meeting - come early and network with fellow ASHRAE members! Better yet, invite a friend or colleague to hear this interesting topic.

January Global Warming Program Cancelled by Cold Weather!

In a cold, Arctic blast of irony, our own Tom Werkema's "Update on Climate Change" program will have to be postponed to a later, hopefully warmer day. Snow, and a previous night's low of 9-degrees caused hazardous driving conditions along with the usual school cancellations, etc. in Knoxville.

Meanwhile, it was sunny and almost 30-degrees warmer in Anchorage, Alaska. Rumor has it that the annual summer lake party will be scheduled there, in order to take advantage of the newly tropic Arctic weather! Stay tuned for details!

Holiday Party Success!

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Our 2017 Holiday party was a resounding success - we appreciate the efforts of many folks to secure, organize, and execute a great evening. Someone whispered that Anne Jacoby did more than her fair share - we  sure did appreciate it Anne! The event was once again well attended with young and old alike.

We wish all of our chapter a wonderful and merry holiday season! We will reconvene in Janaury and look forward to the New Year.

ASHRAE Society Design Training, Online Courses, and Certifications

Society regularly provides design training and online course opportunities for those that may be interested in them. Design training is available at Society headquarters in Atlanta in addition to four other locations in America and internationally.

Additionally, Society provides certification opportunities in several areas, including commissioning, health care design, energy assessment, energy modeling, and high performance building design. We have a few local chapter members who have one or more of these certifications and we would like to encourage others to consider them.

Included here are two files that may be downloaded for further information: HVAC Design Training and Certifications. Also, feel free to check out the Society training web page at http://www.ashrae.org/hvactraining

Christmas Party and Past-President's Night

The holiday season is upon us, and it will soon be time for our annual Past-President's Night and Christmas Party.  Cherokee Country Club will once again be the venue for our special event.  Anne Jacoby & Tom Pace have been our party planners this year, and they have a special event in store for us!

Social hour will begin at 6:00 pm and there will be a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres, with each attendee having one free drink ticket as part of their admission.  Background music will be by Tim and Jonah.  We encourage everyone to come early and socialize!

Dinner will begin at 7:15, and will feature the excellent cuisine of the Cherokee Country Club kitchen.

Our program will feature Sharon Evers. Sharon has been an Olympic enthusiast since her high school days. She had a sports column in her high school newspaper - one time she wrote an article about the Olympics and she became hooked. She still has the article! In 1996, she was a "torchbearer" in the days leading up to the summer games in Atlanta. She has traveled widely over the years in the pursuit of all things Olympics, and she speaks several time each year to share her experiences. Sharon has an extensive collection of memorabilia, and a portion will be on display at the party.

Save your entry ticket, as door prizes will be offered to several lucky attendees!

Complimentary valet parking will be available, and we encourage all attendees to utilize the service as on-site parking is limited.

Single tickets are $50.00, each additional ticket is $40.00. Past Presidents of our chapter are entitled to a complimentary ticket.

Cherokee Country Club is located at 5138 Lyons View Pike; Knoxville, 37919, not far from the Papermill / Northshore Drive exit from Interstate 40.

Please feel free to pass this invitation along to others who may be interested in attending. In order to confirm your attendance, please RSVP to Anne Jacoby at ajacoby@hobbstn.com before Thursday, December 8th at 12:00 noon. Guests are more than invited to attend!