June 23, 2021

Frank Lee: Accidental Astronaut

Frank Lee is probably the only refrigeration technician in history to perform his job in zero gravity! After 25 years of service as an engineering technician (on the ground) at Herrick Labs, Frank helped to test a new zero-gravity refrigerator prototype for NASA by embarking on a series of parabolic test flights.
June 16, 2021

Bring the outdoors in: The energy-efficient method for using 100% outdoor air in buildings

A key lesson from the COVID pandemic is the inherent risk of spreading disease through indoor air recirculation. One way to mitigate that risk is to incorporate outdoor air; however, dehumidifying that air requires huge amounts of energy. Purdue University engineers have proposed a system that combines new membrane technology with the latest HVAC systems, to make 100% outdoor air systems economically feasible – especially in warm, humid climates.
May 27, 2021

Fridge tested in zero gravity

Standard refrigerators use vapor compression to cool down your food. But in space, there is no gravity to keep vapors and liquids secure. Purdue researchers have worked with NASA, Air Squared, and Whirlpool to create a prototype fridge that works in zero gravity, preserving food for potential long-term space flights.
May 14, 2021

Rethinking the future of work: space at Herrick Labs

Turning a negative into a positive, Herrick Labs converted office spaces that were empty (because of COVID-19 lockdowns) into much-needed research space. Learn how Herrick is adapting to serve more than 130 grad students conducting world-changing research.
April 29, 2021

Shirley Dyke featured in "For All Mankind" podcast

In the Apple TV+ series "For All Mankind," both the US and Russia have built bases on the Moon. But how realistic can that be? The official Apple TV+ podcast talked to Shirley Dyke, who researches resilient extraterrestrial habitats at Purdue, and is building a physical testbed at Herrick Labs.
March 16, 2021

Ride the wave: soliton resonance may enable mechanical energy harvesting

Energy harvesting – creating electrical energy from cars driving over a road, or people walking on a bridge – has long been theorized as a potential source of sustainable electricity. But due to the physical properties of those vibrations, implementing the process has been largely infeasible. Now, Andres Arrieta has proposed using metamaterials as physical frequency converters, potentially bringing us a step closer to harvesting the energy of those vibrations.
February 17, 2021

Thanos Tzempelikos receives best paper award from Society of Light and Lighting

Thanos Tzempelikos, Professor in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering and Ray W. Herrick Labs, has been awarded the prestigious Leon Gaster Award from the Society of Light and Lighting as a co-author of the paper, "Cross-validation and robustness of daylight glare metrics", published in the esteemed journal Lighting Research and Technology in November 2019.
January 12, 2021

Sansit Patnaik wins battery housing design competition

Congratulations to Sansit Patnaik, who won a design competition in Germany by optimizing the battery housing for an electric car. Sansit, a graduate research assistant at Herrick Labs, collaborated remotely with friends at RWTH Aachen University in Germany.
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