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Portrait of Richard A. Raustad.Richard A. Raustad
Research Engineer
Advanced Energy Research

(321) 638-1454
(321) 638-1010


B.S. Electronic Engineering
University of Central Florida, Orlando FL 1988

Research Focus:

Mr. Raustad has worked at FSEC since 1987 conducting energy related research on air-conditioning and dehumidification systems for hot and humid climates. Evaluations have included laboratory testing, long-term field monitoring and detailed computer simulations. His areas of research have included:

For more than a decade, Mr. Raustad's areas of research have included heat pipe-assisted air conditioning, thermal energy storage systems, desiccant-enhanced air conditioning, enthalpy recovery wheels, packaged terminal air conditioning, HVAC equipment performance, alternate HVAC control strategies, and building automation systems.

Mr. Raustad has conducted research for a comprehensive program to assess the impacts of increased ventilation (ASHRAE Standard 62-1989) on energy use, peak demand, HVAC equipment capacity, operating costs and indoor humidity levels for commercial and institutional buildings in Florida.

Mr. Raustad has conducted research to further increase the understanding of the dehumidification performance of cooling coils at part load conditions. This information will allow more accurate computer modeling of air conditioning equipment for building simulations.

Mr. Raustad is currently writing software modules to include in DOE's EnergyPlus simulation engine. DOE's EnergyPlus software is a building energy simulation engine which provides detailed computation of moisture and heat transport for building materials, interaction of Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVACR) equipment on the indoor environment, and calculations of energy use for all equipment associated with the simulated building.