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High Resolution Thermography and Multi-Spectral Characterisation of the Built Environment

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, May 17, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The University of Sheffield invites applications from outstanding candidates for this PhD scholarship opportunity.

Cities are a primary support mechanism for society, but they are also centres of resource and energy use. The current understanding of patterns of energy and material use across cities is very poor, but this understanding is crucial if we are to put in place measures to reduce our impacts on the planet. If the built environment is considered, both operational energy and embodied energy must be considered.

Thermography provides a valuable and rapid tool to assess the thermal signature of the built environment. One such use of thermography is in helping to identify defects in the building envelope, such as poor or missing insulation, thermal bridging, cracks and moisture problems. Pass-by thermography is an emerging method used to capture thermal images of external building façades and is much quicker and cheaper to perform then traditional walk-through thermography. However, the various limitations and reliability of pass-by thermography is currently unclear in accessing a building’s thermal signature and detecting defects.

Innovative new research is needed to bring cutting-edge thermography technology to the field and develop novel methodologies for assessing thermal performances of buildings. Using such novel methods, it may be possible to reduce the inspection time and costs of thermography inspections.

Furthermore, linking to the Sheffield Urban Flows Observatory, this project will capture information about what the city is made of and ultimately be utilised to inform retrofit needs in the city.

REFERENCES
Alencastro, J., Fuertes, A., de Wilde, P., 2018. The relationship between quality defects and the thermal performance of buildings. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 81, 883–894.

Fox, M., Goodhew, S., De Wilde, P., 2016. Building defect detection: External versus internal thermography. Building and Environment 105, 317–331.

Kylili, A., Fokaides, P.A., Christou, P., Kalogirou, S.A., 2014. Infrared thermography (IRT) applications for building diagnostics: A review. Applied Energy 134, 531–549.

Lucchi, E., 2018. Applications of the infrared thermography in the energy audit of buildings: A review. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 82, 3077–3090.

Taylor, T., Counsell, J., Gill, S., 2014. Combining thermography and computer simulation to identify and assess insulation defects in the construction of building façades. Energy and Buildings 76, 130–142.

REQUIREMENTS
Candidates are expected to at least hold the equivalent of a first class or upper second class degree in a relevant discipline, such as engineering, physics, computer science or architecture. Previous experience with thermal/multi-spectral imagery, multi-spectral software/hardware and thermal properties of materials would be highly beneficial. Additionally, programming experience would also be beneficial.

Funding Notes

Students receive fees and stipend (at the standard RCUK rate).
GBP-British Pound.

How good is research at University of Sheffield in Civil and Construction Engineering?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 34.80

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