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EPSRC DTP Studentship - Development of Low-Energy Ventilation Facades

University of Nottingham - Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Nottingham
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £18,000
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 30th March 2020
Closes: 29th June 2020
Reference: ENG1380
Location: University Park

Closing Date: Monday 29th June 2020

Reference: ENG1380

This project aims to contribute to gaps in the research and development of passive strategies for improving energy efficiency of buildings.  These research gaps include the application of multi-purpose HVAC passive strategies with novel integration of heat transfer devices.  The focus of the research will be on developing building technologies such as ventilation facades to become a multi-purpose application by integrating heat transfer devices, providing an alternative, passive HVAC system to traditional and mechanical HVAC. The purpose of designing a passive HVAC building technology is to offer the same delivery of building service as that of a traditional HVAC system but, without the need for fans and their significant electricity consumption. The study will also investigate the influence of system on thermal comfort and indoor air quality.  An energy model will be developed to understand potential energy savings. Furthermore, a techno-economic analysis of the proposed technology will be carried out. The project will involve using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling and wind tunnel testing. The successful candidate will work on a rig, liaising closely with the engineering and technical team, determining the most appropriate data to collect along with the most applicable and appropriate methods of collecting and analysing data.

The applicant appointed will join the University of Nottingham’s Buildings, Energy and Environment (BEE) They will join a team of around 50 researchers, academics, engineers and technicians working on a variety of built environment related projects. 

Applicants should have, or be expected to gain a high 2:1, preferably a 1st class honours degree in Architectural Environment Engineering or Mechanical Engineering or a related degree. A good knowledge or experience in fluid dynamics, building simulations and experience of measurement techniques is highly desirable. Students with experience or a willingness to learn software such as Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and EnergyPlus are encouraged to apply. Computer programming skills is an advantage. 

EPSRC DTP studentships are fully-funded (fees and maintenance) for UK students or provide fees only for EU students from outside the UK, subject to eligibility requirements. The funding is for 3.5 years with a stipend rate of £15,285 (if applicable).  (Further details about eligibility can be found at:

Applications should be submitted via the University of Nottingham Applicant Portal, with John Calautit ( identified as the potential supervisor.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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