Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction


Date of this Version



United States Patent No.: US 6,890,252 B2
Date of Patent: May 10,2005


A fume hood exhaust stack system (10) and method utilize a variable speed fan (24) and an exhaust stack (28) having an adjustable cross-sectional area. Toxic exhaust from one or more fume hoods (12) is conveyed through a header (16) to the fan. The fan forces the exhaust through the exhaust stack, and the exhaust is then discharged into the atmosphere at a sufficient velocity and momentum to ensure that the exhaust reaches an environmentally sound altitude. A variable speed drive (36), programmable controller (34), flow signals (26), and static pressure and total pressure signals (20) are utilized to modulate the speed of the fan and the area of the exhaust stack to maintain the desired fan inlet pressure and exhaust velocity.