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Uwe Reischl Presents on Reducing Smoke Build-Up in Kenyan Rural Kitchens

Uwe Reischl

Uwe Reischl, professor for the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Community and Environmental Health, presented a research paper at the 2018 International Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics Conference in Orlando, Florida, July 22-26.

The presentation, “Ergonomic Design Solution for Reducing Smoke Build-Up inside Rural Kitchens in Kenya,” provided new findings based on laboratory simulations evaluating the thermodynamic properties of “cool smoke” created by open fires in rural kitchens in Kenya. The research revealed that by increasing natural ventilation in the kitchens, the limited vertical convective forces created by the heat of an open fire prevents the resulting smoke from exiting the indoor space. Identifying this phenomenon helped explain why rural families in Kenya have historically limited natural ventilation in their kitchens and have endured high levels of indoor air pollution. The findings will help support the implementation of better indoor smoke removal methods.

The conference presentation and the associated research paper were co-authored with Olga Salinas, academic advisor in the College of Health Sciences.