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Optimising the Ventilation Performance of Double Skin Facades in Extreme Climates

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, February 02, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Building façades play an important role in protecting indoor environments and controlling the interaction between outdoor and indoor spaces. Conventional façades, if not design appropriately can lead to high energy use intensity (EUI), increased infiltration and thermal discomfort. These disadvantages are intensified in modern façades which have a high proportion of glazing, especially in areas of extreme climates.

In recent years, new façade technologies have been designed and proposed to provide high thermal insulation, shading from extreme solar radiation, improved thermal comfort and daylighting quality. Double-Skin Façades (DSF) are a special type of envelope containing of multiple layer of building skin separated by an air gap, which can be designed to function both as an insulator and a passive ventilation mechanism.

DSF cover several levels of a building with multiple skins and can be generally classified into air tight or ventilated and can function both as a pre-cooling or pre-heating mechanism if the air movement is carefully studied and optimised. The parametric study of DSF components and its impact on air movement therefore presents a sizeable opportunity to enhance building facades for extreme climates.

Students who are successful in being awarded this scholarship are expected to be based at the Heriot-Watt Dubai campus.

To make an application please visit the website.

Funding Notes

The scholarship will cover tuition fees and provide an annual stipend of approximately £15,009 for the 36 month duration of the project and is available to applicants from the UK, EU and overseas.

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