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PhD Studentship – Improving energy efficiency of Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) systems through innovative design and novel pipe insulation

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About This PhD Project

Project Description

PhD Research Studentship - Improving energy efficiency of HVAC through innovative design and novel pipe insulation

We invite applications for a 3.5 year industrial sponsored PhD studentship to work on the above project within the School of Civil & Building Engineering and Materials Departments, Loughborough University.

The Building & Industrial Services Pipework Academy (BISPA) is collaboration between Loughborough University and industrial partners such as Tata Steel Europe and its Tubes business. The PhD student is expected to work with industrial partners in particular Tata Steel and support BISPA development activities.

The main aim of this project is to investigate the energy reduction in pipes due to right sizing, the development of novel insulations and coatings for HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning) systems. The objectives are to quantify energy saving for various sizing and novel coatings, as well as improving the service life, installation and application suitability of building and industrial pipework and materials.

The Tata Steel experimental facilities at LU will provide heat loss, pressure loss and corrosion measurements of any size & type of tubing for HVAC systems. The research will be carried out through tests and measurements mainly in the Civil and Materials departments, as well as industrial partner’s own test facilities.

Testing will involve circulating water at controlled temperatures and flow rates, through various pipes/joints with and without novel coatings. Measurement will allow for the calculation of heat losses and corrosion rates; findings will be compared with empirical correlations and, if required, new correlations will be developed. Work will also be undertaken with Tata Steel Research and Development and at the Tube manufacturing hubs in both the UK and Holland.

The activities also include working with other Tata Steel project students at Cranfield and Swansea Universities and other industrial partners located in both the UK and EU, and may require additional travel.


The outcome of the research will be innovative methods for design and insulating HVAC pipes, as well as validated methods for developing novel low cost smart coatings to improve service life. For wider dissemination, collected data will be parameterised and shared with software designers; an element of the project will also include the development and optimisation of pipework BIM models (Building Information Modelling) and improvement in pipework application training packages using virtual reality.

Funding and Eligibility
The studentship is for 3.5 years and cover fees and a tax-exempt stipend (£14,296 for the 2016/17 academic year with cost of living adjustments in years 2 and 3). Tuition fees will be paid at the UK/EU rate. Candidates from countries outside of the EU will be liable for the difference between ‘home student fees’ and international student fees. Applicants should have a minimum of a 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent) or a Masters degree in computing/Engineering or relevant discipline. Applicants will be judged on their academic experience, their understanding of the proposed research topic and their references.

Closing Date for Applications: Thursday 23 March 2016

Additional Information:
For informal enquiries contact Dr. Mahroo Eftekhari [[email protected] - tele 01509 222606].

Further information about the studentship can be obtained by contacting:-
Mr. Berkeley Young,
Research Administrator,
School of Civil and Building Engineering,
Loughborough University
E-mail: [email protected]

Please quote the following reference when applying: CBEM2016-ME

To make an application go to http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/ . Under programme name, please select ‘Civil and Building Engineering’.
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