• CFD model of environmental chamber within Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory
  • CFD model of environmental chamber within Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory
  • University of Colorado Boulder

    Boulder, Colorado

    The new 8,000 SF Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory is located on two floors of the Cristol Chemistry Building on the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) campus. The overall purpose of this $2.65-million remodel project is to provide customized laboratory spaces to enable researchers to gauge how certain chemicals and pollutants in the earth’s atmosphere are affected by differing levels of sunlight and temperature. RMH utilized computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling to help depict airflow within two 25-cubic-meter environmental chambers that serve as the centerpiece of the laboratory. In the environmental chambers, researchers can introduce a select combination of chemicals to ultra-clean air, which is then exposed to highly controlled lighting, temperature, and humidity levels to simulate real-world conditions. The CFD modeling helped RMH’s design engineers develop an airflow system that meets and maintains precise air temperature conditions within the environmental chambers over extended durations. Maintaining precise air temperature conditions was especially challenging due to the large heat loads produced by the powerful lamps used to emulate sunlight within the environmental chambers.                    
 

CU Boulder Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, Colorado

The new 8,000 SF Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory is located on two floors of the Cristol Chemistry Building on the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) campus. The overall purpose of this $2.65-million remodel project is to provide customized laboratory spaces to enable researchers to gauge how certain chemicals and pollutants in the earth’s atmosphere are affected by differing levels of sunlight and temperature.

RMH utilized computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling to help depict airflow within two 25-cubic-meter environmental chambers that serve as the centerpiece of the laboratory. In the environmental chambers, researchers can introduce a select combination of chemicals to ultra-clean air, which is then exposed to highly controlled lighting, temperature, and humidity levels to simulate real-world conditions. The CFD modeling helped RMH’s design engineers develop an airflow system that meets and maintains precise air temperature conditions within the environmental chambers over extended durations. Maintaining precise air temperature conditions was especially challenging due to the large heat loads produced by the powerful lamps used to emulate sunlight within the environmental chambers.