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Funded PhD Opportunity

Development of an innovative Building Integrated, Solar, Climate COntrol Facade (BISCCOF) using thermal diode technology

Subject: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning


Summary

Climate Control Building Envelopes (CCBE) can massively reduce space heating & cooling energy demands and are an essential part of NZEBs. The concept of thermal diodicity, leading to adaptivedynamic building façade elements offers significant potential in improving the efficacy of CCBEs in respect of their ability to:

*collect solar and ambient heat in cold climates

*reject excess heat in hot climates*potentially improve the efficiency of BIPV (Building Integrated PV) technologies

*incorporate BISTS (Building Integrated Solar Thermal Systems)

The use of thermal diodes in building façade elements has been proposed and investigated by a handful of authors and even less have investigated the use thermal diodes. This PhD submission proposes to investigate the potential of an innovative thermal diode solar collector concept that is architecturally integral and modular within traditional building formats, control heat flow to and from the building and store thermal energy within the building element.

The overall aim of the project is to design and develop a suitable collector concept with a suitable evaluation programme (using experimental andor modelled parametric analysis techniques) to characterise the technology and determine key techno-economic performance variables.

The main objectives of this PhD project are as follows:

i)Identify suitable materials, components and fabricationassembly techniques for the concept design

ii)Design and development of a concept prototype system(s)

iii)Develop a suitable modelled representation of the system concept

iv)Undertake experimental and theoretical analysis to determine the thermal (and electrical) characteristics of the system

v) Undertake a parametric analysis to optimise the sizing of the system components using a validated model

vi)Compare the performance of the prototype system with conventional collectorbuilding components

vii)Conduct a techno-economic analysis of the prototype system


Essential criteria

  • To hold, or expect to achieve by 15 August, an Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree or equivalent from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed to be equivalent via UK NARIC) in a related or cognate field.
  • Clearly defined research proposal detailing background, research questions, aims and methodology

Funding

    The University offers the following awards to support PhD study and applications are invited from UK, EU and overseas for 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 £15,000 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.

    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 £7,500 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.

    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.

    Department for the Economy (DFE)

    The scholarship will cover tuition fees at the Home rate and a maintenance allowance of £ 15,009 per annum for three years. EU applicants will only be eligible for the fee’s component of the studentship (no maintenance award is provided). For Non-EU nationals the candidate must be "settled" in the UK. 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.

    Due consideration should be given to financing your studies; for further information on cost of living etc. please refer to: www.ulster.ac.uk/doctoralcollege/postgraduate-research/fees-and-funding/financing-your-studies


Other information


The Doctoral College at Ulster University

Key dates

Submission deadline
Friday 7 February 2020

Interview Date
Week beginning 9 March 2020


Applying

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Campus

Jordanstown campus

Jordanstown campus
The largest of Ulster's campuses


Contact supervisor

Dr Mervyn Smyth


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