Grain Silos to Air Silos

Welcome back to another round of Thermal Mass and Buoyancy Ventilation! Now that you’ve seen what we looked like in our presentation, here’s some of what we were actually talking about.

Our project relies on the testing of materials to observe how they work as thermal masses according to the Optimal Tuning Theory. To be able to do this scientifically, we need spaces in which we can test our four materials. These four spaces need to be identical so that they can be directly compared to each other. In each of the four spaces, one material will be tested, either timber, concrete, brick, or earth. These four spaces will be arranged into a “foursquare” configuration, housed under one roof.

Once we decided on a layout for the four spaces, pod forms could begin to be generated. For this, inspiration was drawn from the silos that surround us. In order to gather our airflow into a measurable point, the pods will take on a funnel shape, both on the top and bottom. This is because the ventilation cycles will function both in updraft and downdraft. After creating this funnel shape, we iterated on the basic shape to create options for the pod forms.

From here, we’ll be evaluating these forms, and researching structural systems to support them. Eventually, we will select one form to house our experiments.