The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on March 31, 1985 · Page 33
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 33

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, March 31, 1985
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The Salina Journal Sunday, March 31,1985 Page 34 Russell Phillips (left) and Philip Whittle display pump. Geothermal invention whips up heat wave JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - Two professors at Missouri Southern State College have turned up the heat on an old idea and found they can cut conventional heating costs in half. The old idea is the heat-pump system, which was designed in 1850 to recover heat from air. Instead of recovering heat from air, the system designed by the professors recovers heat from the ground. "This is nothing new. We are just using energy from the ground, and that's much more efficient than taking it from the air," said Russel A. Phillips, professor of physics. The prototype is similar to a system that was designed in 1954 by a Canadian. "If it worked in Ontario, we thought it could work here, too," Phillips said. Philip R. Whittle, professor of chemistry, said the system offers tremendous potential for the space heating of homes, pre-heating of water and the heating "of swimming pools. Whittle was so impressed by the performance of the system he converted the propane furnace in his home to the geothermal heat-pump system, using the MSSC prototype as a model. ."I'm heating my home at less than one-half the cost of conventional heat sources, including propane and electrical resistance heat. As you can see, this system offers a tremendous potential," he said. The conversion, not including labor, costs about $1,800, with existing air-movement equipment and duct work being used. Whittle said the cost of installing a complete system is within the projected cost of a conventional heat-pump system. The prototype recovers heat from the ground by circulating Freon 22 through 150 feet of copper tubing buried 30 inches under a parking lot west of the school's Solar Research Laboratory. '. The low-pressure, liquid Freon enters the tubing and circulates Jhrough the ground, heating to the point of vaporization. The cool gas enters an electrically powered com- pressor where it is placed under high pressure. The gas, now hot, is then circulated through an exchange coil where it condenses into a hot liquid. The hot liquid passes through an expansion device that changes the pressure from high to low. That cools the gas before it is recircu- lated through the underground tubing. A blower would pass air across the exchange coil and circulate the heat in a home. The compressor and blower are the only mechanical parts in the system. Reversing the cycle would create cool air for summer air conditioning. The geothermal system has a coefficient of performance (COP) of 4 to 5. An electrical heating system has a COP of approximately 1. The system was completed last summer and is housed in what was once the bathhouse for the Mission Hills Mansion. The prototype cost about $500 to construct. The figure does not include volunteer student labor or donated materials and services. Snyder Bridge Co. of Joplin dug the trench for the tubing, Empire District Electric Co. provided electric meters and Hood Sheet Metal Co. of Joplin provided a condenser and controls. The geothermal system is the result of three years of planning and design and was supported by the Faculty Development Program and Chi Epsilon Phi, a chemistry, physics and pre-engineering organization at Missouri Southern. Computer firm to lay off BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) Control Data Corp., saying it cannot achieve its goal of earning $4 per share this year, plans to lay off workers, sell some businesses and real estate and restructure itself to improve profitability. Robert M. Price, president and chief operating officer, said Friday the company's prospects have been hurt by cutbacks in orders for computer accessories. 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Delegate Elijah Cummings said Thursday he quietly asked the chairman of a House committee not to act on his request this session, with the hope the proposal may become more palatable with time. The task force would have studied problems peculiar to men and how "unhealthy ster- otypes of what makes a man a man" have resulted in an "unsympathetic treatment of men" and contributed to general social problems. From talking with women interested in the resolution, "I got the sense they don't really want macho men. That was the shocking thing to me," he said. Sociologists, therapists and professors testified at a public hearing earlier this month in favor of Cummings' resolution calling for creation of a task force on contemporary manhood. But his proposal drew snickers from some lawmakers. Cummings went on four radio talk shows around the nation to explain his proposed study of manhood in modern society. He also received an estimated 20 calls from interested legislators from other states. "I think I was able to accomplish what I wanted to accomplish," he said. "I wanted to get beyond people's shock of just the whole nature of the bill." Lindsborg, Kansas Restaurant Hours: Tucs.-Sat. 5:30-9:00 Sun. Brunch 11:30-2:00 Club Hours 5-7 Mid America Inn Reslaumnl MONDAY NIGHT SPECIAL BBQ PORK RIB DINNER Announcing... KSAL-THE PRINT MILL EASTER EGG HUNT Saturday/April 6, 10 AM Oakdale Park Gazebo All Children 12 & Under Are Welcome Bring Your Own Basket! (Sacks Are Fine! The Easter Bunny Will Be There With Lots Of Candy! Helium Balloons! 5 Giant Stuffed Visas extended MIAMI (AP) - Immigration officials said they gave an Ecuadoran family a one-year extension on their expired tourist visas so their 2%year-old daughter can continue getting medical care for a life-threatening ailment. "This nation has a heart," said Perry Rivkind, district director of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, who also on Thursday authorized a temporary work permit for Julio Cabrera. Diana Cabrera suffers from cancer-like growths in her windpipe. Doctors hope the growths will die on their own, but cannot predict when or if that will happen, said Dr. John Goodwin of the University of Miami Medical School. The Cabreras came to Miami nine months ago, when their daughter's condition was diagnosed. After the family's savings were gone, a nonprofit city group took over their medical and living costs. Cabrera previously had no work permit. Send your news tip to The Salina Journal; up to $45 in cash weekly. In Case Of Rain, Listen To KSAL For More Information Photo Lab 2401S. Ninth Salina VOTE PHIL RAY Be Part Of Your Future Pol. adv. paid for by the Commitee to elect Phil Ray, Rhonda Betts, Chm. DEBBIE ZERR Music, sports, and academics all play important roles in the life of Debbie Zerr and she has exhibited excellence in all three. Ranked in the top 10% of her senior class at Salina High School South, Debbie is on the honor roll and has been recognized as a Kansas University Honor Student and a member of the National Honor Society. A talented musician, she has played the saxophone since grade school and was a member of South's marching and symphonic bands for three years. Debbie has been active in debate and forensics and last year was selected to play Katie, the Irish maid in South's dramatic production, Meet Me In St. Louis. A 3-year letterman, Debbie has played on the Cougars' volleyball team 4 years, served as co-captain this year and was also selected to the 1-70 League Squad. Debbie keeps active away from school by helping with charitable organizations such as the Red Cross Bloodmobile and is a member of St. Mary's Church and active in the Catholic Youth Organization. Somehow she manages to find time to hold down a part-time job during school and in the summer and is currently employed at Walgreens. Debbie has selected Kansas State University to further her education and plans to major in psychology or business. With her degree she plans to pursue a career in counseling or business management Delbert and Judy Zerr of 2128 Roach are the parents of this energetic and outgoing Star Spangled Student, who is a sure bet to make her dreams a reality. c TJieStar-Spangled c Bankets Santa Fe at Iron, 825-0511 • Gold Star Facility: Ninth at Magnolia Member FDIC

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