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Design of Airport Electrical Systems

Maria M. Larrondo Petrie, PI; Student: Rosana Melendez

project19-airportRenovation and expansion of transportation systems require minimization of disruption of service while incorporating best practices and cutting-edge technology to minimize energy consumption. The objective of this project is to analyze, model and document alternative designs and technologies that impact the efficiency of electrical systems used in airports with the goal of attaining maximum LEED certification for new airport constructions and expansions. A case study will focus on the proposed new International Concourse for the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport expansion, projected to have 6 new gates for international flights. The research of design alternatives and efficiency maximization of the electrical systems will include alternative technologies such as LED for lighting and photovoltaic systems for fire alarms, to enable increased availability of normal, emergency and life safety power while maintaining service to the existing terminals.

The design analysis will include eleven major systems that require power, including control of lighting, conveyance, temperature, baggage handling, telecommunications, fire alarms and other security systems for emergency and life safety loads. The first phase of the research will focus on alternative designs for a photovoltaic system and analysis and verification that the design meets the systems requirements specified by the Transportation Security Administration and the Broward County Aviation Department.

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