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 “Ventilation Effectiveness and Coronaviruses”

It is now widely accepted that the spread of coronaviruses such as Covid-19 is exacerbated by poor ventilation. Increasing ventilation rate may help but it is possible that the key lies in ventilation effectiveness, that is, ensuring that air moves around an occupied space in a certain manner. Highly mixed environments may not be suitable for maximising healthy indoor air quality, whereas ventilation systems in which stale air rises steadily to the ceiling where it can be safely exhausted may provide an acceptable solution to the problem. This project uses a combination of computational modelling and experimental work to investigate this hypothesis and develop guidelines for more healthy, indoor environments.

State-of-the-art, advanced computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling will be carried out using our high-performance computing facility to simulate air flow patterns in office environments. A combination of air flow patterns and ventilation rate will be used to develop an appropriate metric for ventilation effectiveness. The CFD simulations will be validated using particle image velocimetry (PIV) which will be used to provide detailed predictions of air flow patterns around a breathing manikin and the dispersion of contaminants around the experimental chamber.

Your work will lead to much-needed guidance on the effectiveness of a range of natural and mechanical ventilation strategies which can be used by architects and practicing ventilation engineers to design healthier and safer indoor environments. 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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