Caves are important features which undergo complex earth processes. Researchers are working to understand how these systems function and which parameters can influence different responses like airflow. With the help of instrumentation, different environmental conditions can be measured, recorded, and compared, such as temperature, barometric pressure, and airflow. To achieve further understanding of cave ventilation processes, airflow detection is a key tool for identifying how carbon dioxide is naturally emitted into the atmosphere.
This project aims to improve an existing airflow detection system by using changes in temperature from a heated element to determine directional velocities. One potential advantage of the overall development of the project is affordability, since present devices can limit availability and scientific study capabilities.
Main objectives of this project include:
- generating a functional design that can detect lower velocity thresholds
- determine the parameters necessary to acquire and maintain accurate measurements
- creating a system that can endure various cave conditions
- creating an efficient, cost-effective and user-friendly device
Airflow measurements can potentially provide researchers with a practical and affordable product for field use.