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 “Passive Heat Exchanges in Natural Ventilation”

Natural ventilation is now well established as a low energy cooling and ventilation strategy in both residential and non-residential buildings. However, in temperate climates where there is a significant heating season, the low driving forces responsible for natural ventilation means it is difficult to recover heat, making it a challenging strategy for zero carbon solutions. This project will use a combination of numerical modelling and laboratory-based experiments to develop and test a passive heat exchanger.

You will also use advanced, state-of-the-art computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software to model a range of passive heat exchanger designs. The computational models will be validated using experiments conducted in our purpose-built, fully instrumented facility. You will receive dedicated technician support to undertake further development of the facility where appropriate.

This PhD will produce new modelling methods and design guidelines for passive heat exchangers which will include sizing of such devices and predictions of their likely performance. In addition, you will be expected to lead on authoring high quality outputs in leading journals in the field.


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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