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University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Institute of Technology
Department of Mechanical Engineering

PI: Susan C. Mantell

Advanced Energy Efficient Residential Roof

These researchers are studying the structural and thermal design of stiffened foam sandwich panels for residential roof applications. The use of thin-walled sandwich structures for residential construction has several benefits, including reduced construction time, improved energy efficiency, and architectural benefits. The work focuses on the balance between structural and thermal performance through the use of lightweight structures. Performance is validated through finite element analysis and testing. The results of this project can provide comprehensive design recommendations for panelized roof construction.

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Casey Briscoe, Graduate Student