Implementation Digital twins technology to building energy management with Heat Pump

Summary

​In order to meet the task of NetZero by 2050, it is expecting 86% building heating will be supplied by heat pump. The power demanding is a challenge to implement the heat pump for buildings. How to optimise the power demanding for building energy application needs to be explored. A new technology of Digital Twins can be utilised for the energy management in the building to advance the system operation with energy storage. A 'Digital Twin' refers to a real-time digital representation of a physical object. For buildings, a digital twin can be established to understand real-time trends occurring in the building environment to keep the thermal comfort with cost effective energy performance, maintenance, and insights made possible by the Internet of Things.

The successful implementation of a Digital Twin for a building energy management involves coordinating digital model assets in conjunction with well-correlated system operation data sources that reflect the real-time state of the heat pump heating system operation along with thermal storage from other renewable energy sources for the building.

The proposed project aims to apply digital twin technology and incorporate real data collected from heating system for the building to provide optimised thermal performance within the building. The Centre for Sustainable Technologies has dedicated laboratories for the evaluation of heat pump, thermal energy storage and system operation equipment. Thus the successful candidate will evaluate the performance of the heating system for building applications and applying Digital Twins to predict the performance with variable conditions.

The applicant will need to have an appropriate engineering or physical sciences degree, having been taught simulation technology and have a keen interest in energy efficiency and renewable energy applications. Skills include data acquisition, experimental development and numerical simulation experience in this field.​

Essential criteria

Applicants should hold, or expect to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a subject relevant to the proposed area of study.

We may also consider applications from those who hold equivalent qualifications, for example, a Lower Second Class Honours Degree plus a Master’s Degree with Distinction.

In exceptional circumstances, the University may consider a portfolio of evidence from applicants who have appropriate professional experience which is equivalent to the learning outcomes of an Honours degree in lieu of academic qualifications.

  • Clearly defined research proposal detailing background, research questions, aims and methodology

Funding and eligibility

The University offers the following levels of support:

Vice Chancellors Research Studentship (VCRS)

Full award (full-time PhD fees + DfE level of maintenance grant + RTSG for 3 years).

This scholarship will cover full-time PhD tuition fees and provide the recipient with £18,000 (tbc) maintenance grant per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance).

This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.

Applicants who already hold a doctoral degree or who have been registered on a programme of research leading to the award of a doctoral degree on a full-time basis for more than one year (or part-time equivalent) are NOT eligible to apply for an award.

Applicants who already hold a doctoral degree or who have been registered on a programme of research leading to the award of a doctoral degree on a full-time basis for more than one year (or part-time equivalent) are NOT eligible to apply for an award.

Vice-Chancellor’s Research Bursary (VCRB)

Part award (full-time PhD fees + 50% DfE level of maintenance grant + RTSG for 3 years).

This scholarship will cover full-time PhD tuition fees and provide the recipient with £8,000 maintenance grant per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.

Applicants who already hold a doctoral degree or who have been registered on a programme of research leading to the award of a doctoral degree on a full-time basis for more than one year (or part-time equivalent) are NOT eligible to apply for an award.

Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fees Bursary (VCRFB)

Fees only award (PhD fees + RTSG for 3 years).

This scholarship will cover full-time PhD tuition fees for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.

Applicants who already hold a doctoral degree or who have been registered on a programme of research leading to the award of a doctoral degree on a full-time basis for more than one year (or part-time equivalent) are NOT eligible to apply for an award.

Department for the Economy (DFE)

The scholarship will cover tuition fees at the Home rate and a maintenance allowance of £18,000 (tbc) per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance).

This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.

  • Candidates with pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, who also satisfy a three year residency requirement in the UK prior to the start of the course for which a Studentship is held MAY receive a Studentship covering fees and maintenance.
  • Republic of Ireland (ROI) nationals who satisfy three years’ residency in the UK prior to the start of the course MAY receive a Studentship covering fees and maintenance (ROI nationals don’t need to have pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme to qualify).
  • Other non-ROI EU applicants are ‘International’ are not eligible for this source of funding.
  • Applicants who already hold a doctoral degree or who have been registered on a programme of research leading to the award of a doctoral degree on a full-time basis for more than one year (or part-time equivalent) are NOT eligible to apply for an award.

Due consideration should be given to financing your studies. Further information on cost of living

Recommended reading

Information relating to Energy management in building; Renewable Energy integration in buildings; simulation technology for thermal energy application

The Doctoral College at Ulster University

Key dates

Submission deadline
Monday 27 February 2023
04:00PM

Interview Date
20 March 2023

Preferred student start date
18 September 2023

Applying

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Contact supervisor

Professor Ming Jun Huang

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