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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

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Key facts

Application deadline 28 May 2019
Start date 1 July 2019
Duration 3 years
Funding body KESS
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship
Number of studentships 1

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.

Here is an exciting opportunity to working with Professor Phillip Jones, Chair of Architectural Science and Chair of the Low Carbon Research Institute (LCRI) 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 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.

Programme of research

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.

Supervisors

Contact

Professor Phillip Jones

Professor Phillip Jones

Chair of Architectural Science and Chair of the Low Carbon Research Institute (LCRI)

Email:
jonesp@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4078
Dr Hu Du

Dr Hu Du

Senior Research Fellow

Email:
duh4@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5589

Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
Maintenance stipend Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum

Eligibility criteria

Residency Applicants for these awards must have a home or work address in the relevant area* of East Wales at the time of their application for KESS funding and enrolment, i.e by June 2019.
Academic criteria
  • Have a good first degree in building services, architectural/mechanical engineering, architecture, physics or similar discipline.
  • Experience in air quality study, computational fluid dynamics simulation and product design
  • Computer literacy and familiarity with one or more of CFD and building energy modelling tools are desirable.
  • Self-motivated and organised with excellent communication skills
  • Have well-developed and positively collaborative interpersonal skills
  • Have an ability to deliver technical reports and communicate findings
  • Be willing to travel and work in industrial settings

Applicants must:

  • have the right to work in the UK on completion of the scholarship
  • be classified as a ‘home’ or ‘EU’ student
  • satisfy the respective admissions criteria.

It is a condition of eligibility for KESS2 funding that you have not applied for, nor are intending to apply for, a doctoral or research master's loan. Please read clause (3) (m) of The Education (Postgraduate Doctoral Degree Loans) (Wales) Regulations 2018 for more information.

*East Wales region is comprised of seven local authorities: Cardiff, Flintshire, Monmouthshire, Newport, Powys, Vale of Glamorgan and Wrexham.

Contact

Professor Phillip Jones

Professor Phillip Jones

Chair of Architectural Science and Chair of the Low Carbon Research Institute (LCRI)

Email:
jonesp@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4078
Dr Hu Du

Dr Hu Du

Senior Research Fellow

Email:
duh4@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5589

In the first instance, applicants should make initial enquiries via the named School / academic supervisor for each funded KESS2 project.  All applicants must apply initially to the Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture identifying the KESS2 Scholarship they wish to be considered for.

If deemed suitable for the project, applicants will be invited to complete a ‘KESS2 Participant Form’ which assesses eligibility for funding. Applicants must also be able to provide supporting documentary evidence of their eligibility. Guidance on this requirement is outlined in the KESS2 Participant Form, an example of which can be downloaded as above. Suitable applicants will be sent this form to complete following the School selection process.  Further advice is available from the KESS2 team.

We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

Contact

Professor Phillip Jones

Professor Phillip Jones

Chair of Architectural Science and Chair of the Low Carbon Research Institute (LCRI)

Email:
jonesp@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4078
Dr Hu Du

Dr Hu Du

Senior Research Fellow

Email:
duh4@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5589

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