Mortenson Center affiliated faculty conduct fundamental and applied research and design on appropriate technologies that are low cost, easy to use, and deliverable in most settings; on development projects; and on developing community issues.
NSF International Research Experience for Students (2010-2013)
Project Description: Identify key factors that lead to the creation of sustainable water and sanitation infrastructure in developing communities through a longitudinal study of water and sanitation systems in Iquitos and Arequipa Peru. Study will be conducted in partnership with students from two Peruvian Universities; the National University of the Peruvian Amazon (UNAP) and the San Pablo Catholic University (UCSP).
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Local Partners: Water for People, CONPAC, San Juan Bautista Municipality
Mortenson Center Faculty Engaged: Dr. Karl Linden
Students Engaged: Christie Chatterley, Josh Armstrong, Jami Nelson-Nunez, Cary Ellmers, Christopher Ringer, Lia Brune, Deena Garland, Ashlee Adams, Rebecca Rasch, and Eric Cowan (tentative)
Emissions and Burn Lab for Sustainable Fuel
Project Description: Establish facilities at CU Boulder for designing, building and testing fuel briquettes and develop curriculum/laboratory experiments for an undergraduate air quality class focused on measuring emissions and evaluating stove and fuel performance.
Sponsor: Engineering Excellence Fund (University of Colorado Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science)
Local Partner: Burn Design Lab
Mortenson Center Faculty Engaged: Dr. Lupita Montoya
Compressed Earth Block (CEB)
Project Description: Affordable housing is an ever-present need. Earthen construction techniques such as compressed earth block (CEB) technology are being used to mitigate affordable housing shortages. Combined with the lack of attention given by current building codes, CEB technology is in dire need of a methodological testing procedure intended to attest for the quality and integrity of the loose soils and consequent manufactured CEBs. The Mortenson Center student researchers tested soil combinations to determine optimal component mixtures for structural CEBs to be used in houses at the Crow Reservation in Montana.
Sponsor: US Department of the Interior, Division of Energy and Mineral Development
Local Partner: Aapsalooke (Crow) Tribe
Mortenson Center Faculty Engaged: Dr. Bernard Amadei
Theses/Reports of CEB Work Completed at CU-Boulder:
- The Development of a Standard of Care Defining Suitable Testing of Geomaterials Intended for Unstabilized Compressed Earth Block Construction, by Brett Grunert, MS Thesis, Univ. of Colorado, May 2009.
- A Proposed Best Practice Method of Defining a Standard of Care for Stabilized Compressed Earthen Block Projection, by Adam D. Krosnowski, MS Thesis, Univ. of Colorado, April 2011.