EPSRC and SFI Centre for Doctoral Training in

Energy Resilience and the Built Environment

EPSRC and SFI Centre for Doctoral Training in

Energy Resilience and the Built Environment

EPSRC and SFI Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Resilience and the Built Environment

Fully-funded four-year PhD studentship at Loughborough University in “Low Energy Cooling and Ventilation in Hot Climates”

Reducing the cooling demand of the domestic sector in developing countries is an essential step in reducing the unsustainable increase in the use of portable air-conditioning in homes and achieving global reduction targets for greenhouse gases. Part of the solution lies in a combination of passive and energy-efficient mechanical systems. Ongoing research at Loughborough University in collaboration with CEPT University in India, is developing these hybrid systems for deployment into high rise apartment buildings.

The combination of mechanical and passive systems requires careful control to ensure an optimised operation which delivers thermal comfort and good indoor air quality without excessive energy consumption. Previous work has developed and validated control algorithms for this purpose. However, there is still a need to address outdoor air and noise pollution which can significantly affect the performance of natural ventilation. High levels of noise and air pollution, especially in metropolitan cities, such as Mumbai and New Delhi, can jeopardize the performance and uptake of natural ventilation and hence the potential energy savings.

This PhD will produce new methods and metrics for assessing the impact of external air and noise pollution on the performance of natural and hybrid systems in countries such as India. The work will be conducted using a combination of state-of-the-art experimental facilities and field measurements which will be used to validate computational simulation models based on Modelica and EnergyPlus.


Prof Malcolm Cook


12th July 2020

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from graduates with a good bachelor’s degree (1st or 2:1) and/or a master’s degree in one of the following areas: physics, mathematics, engineering, chemistry, natural sciences, materials science, data analytics, computer science, statistics, psychology, social science, architecture or other building and energy-related disciplines.

Funding notes

If you are an eligible UK or EU applicant, you will receive a stipend which is tax free, plus UK/EU fees for four years (conditions apply). The stipend at Loughborough University will be at least £15,285 (exact amount to be confirmed).

We also accept applications from students who wish to self-fund, are in receipt of an independent scholarships or who are fully industry-funded; this must be indicated clearly on your application.

How to apply

Please click here to apply. This document will help you though the application process: Guide to applications through the Loughborough University portal. In your application quote reference: ERBE20. Mention the Project Title in your application.

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