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KESS2 East PhD in Architecture: Developing optimal domestic low carbon ventilation technologies to improve air quality and reduce health risks from indoor and outdoor air pollution


Project Description

Air pollution from both outdoor and indoor sources represents the single largest environmental risk to health globally. Residential buildings, which often do not have an adequate air distribution system, suffer the most in term of indoor air pollution. The multiple sources of pollutants and their dynamic nature create the major challenge in tackling the problem.

This offers an exciting opportunity to working with Dr Hu Du, Senior Research Fellow at Cardiff University and Colin Biggs, Technical Director of Nuaire, to develop optimal domestic low carbon ventilation technologies which could potentially improve air quality and reduce health risks from indoor and outdoor air pollution. The selected candidate will apply their experience of building services, air quality study, computational fluid dynamics simulation and product design to the development of ventilation product. This project will allow the student to develop transferable knowledge and skills in this most exciting and active field of low carbon built environment research.

This Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship (KESS) project will be held in the Welsh School of Architecture and Energy Systems Research Institute, Cardiff University. KESS is a programme funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), awarded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) in the Welsh Government. The PhD student will be associated with other research projects (e.g. European Commission H2020 Plug-n-Harvest project) at the Welsh School of Architecture and Energy Systems Research Institute at Cardiff University.

This project is backed by Nuaire, who is a world leader in the design and manufacture of fans and ventilation systems. Founded in 1966, Nuaire has a long and admired heritage in designing and manufacturing ventilation products that save energy and improve air quality. Based in Caerphilly, South Wales, from where Nuaire supply products to over 40 countries around the world.
Applicants for these awards must have a home or work address in the relevant area of Wales (East or West) at the time of their application for funding and enrolment (Isle of Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Bridgend, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil, Caerphilly, Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen, Cardiff, Flintshire, Monmouthshire, Newport, Powys, Vale of Glamorgan or Wrexham).

This KESS PhD project aims to develop optimal low carbon ventilation strategies and technologies for domestic buildings in the UK, to fulfil the requirement of good air quality and to reduce health risks from indoor and outdoor air pollution. The core objectives of this project are:
•to analyse the current practice of domestic ventilation technologies and strategies around the UK with focuses on East Wales, to build ventilation technologies and strategies database, and to identify potential solutions to overcome the organisational barriers
•to gather monitoring data and establish validated CFD models to quantify the effectiveness of commonly used ventilation technologies, such extract fan, positive input ventilation, particle and gas-phase Air Cleaning technologies. The effectiveness includes the energy performance as well as the air quality requirements for buildings
•to develop optimal low carbon ventilation strategies for domestic buildings in the UK with the goal of good air quality and low energy consumption. The strategy will consider the temporal and spatial variation in an indoor and outdoor environment particularly the dynamic nature of pollutions sources
•depending on the student’s experience and interests, the supervision team aims to involve the PhD student in the initial stage of new product/software development at a later stage of the project and make contributions to the International Energy Agency Energy in Buildings and Communities Programme (IEA EBC) Annex 78.

To apply go to: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research/programmes/programme/architecture
In the research and funding section of the online application form ensure that you state that you are applying for the KESS2 Studentship.

This studentship is to start 1st April or 1st July 2019.

Funding Notes

Applicants should have a good first degree in building services, architectural/mechanical engineering, architecture, physics or a similar discipline.
They will have experience in air quality study, computational fluid dynamics simulation and product design.
Familiarity with one or more CFD and building energy modelling tools is desirable.
An ability to deliver technical reports and communicate findings, a willingness to travel and work in industrial settings is necessary.
You will also have to satisfy the respective admissions criteria.
You must nor have not applied for, nor intend to apply for, a doctoral or research master's loan.

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