C.H.A.O.S. Lab

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Research site: chaos.princeton.edu
Leader: Assistant Professor Forrest Meggers

The acronym ‘C.H.A.O.S.’ stands for Cooling and Heating for Architecturally Optimized Systems as well as our interest in the flow not only of energy in heating and cooling, but also the associated entropy (chaos) generation and how the quantification through exergy analysis can help optimize building systems. By leveraging the architectural design of surfaces and mass in buildings we can uncover opportunities for system integration that provide additional flexibility in the spaces and volumes created in the architecture, while also minimizing the chaos generated by the heat transfer processes of building systems.

The CHAOS Lab was founded by the 2014 summer research team. The primary project in the summer of 2014 has been the Beyond Shading collaboration to construct an experimental pavilion for radiant cooling using evaporative temperature depression with a geometric form that tests the hypothesis that radiant heating and cooling can be redirected through IR reflection. Along with the beyond shading project, work has been carried out developing novel sensor techniques as well as concepts for aerial analysis of buildings with multi-rotor helicopters. The team is also exploring ideas for analyzing air conditioning units in New York, new ventilation types for Singapore, and a lot of hands on experience constructing and analyzing experimental setups.

Research Staff
Dr. Michael Bozlar
Nicholas Houchois (jointly with Columbia University Department of Computer Science)

Graduate Students
Dorit Aviv
Hongshan Guo
Eric Teitelbaum
Mauricio Loyola Vergara
Yongqiang Luo (visiting student from Hunan University, China)
Sean Rucewicz
Gianluca Serale (visiting student from Politecnico di Torino, Italy)

Undergraduate Students
Theo Keeley-LeClair '18
Nico Viglucci '19

Interns and Short Term Students
Eric Guan
Saanika Kulkarni
Richard Lee
Tianfang Liu
Jonathan Yue

Past Members and Visitors
Sasha Urano
Andrew Percival
Stephen Froese
Laura Salazar
Paul Falk
Emanuele Calabro
Lindsey Conlan
Isabella Douglas
Varun Narayan
Angelo Campus
Sean Coffers
Leticia Bombieri
Vihar Desu
Michelle Soram Kim
Justin Hinson
Min Gun Kim
Olivia Cantrell
Louis Wang
Maria Ferrara (visiting from Turin, Italy)
Erica Edwards (visiting from San Diego Mesa College, CA)
Roshmi Sen (visiting from IIT Kharagpur, India)
James Coleman (Ontario, Canada – presently in NYC)
Jake Read (Ontario, Canada)
Gideon Aschwanden (Melbourne, Australia)
Marcel Bruelisauer (Singapore, Singapore)