Energy and Built Environment Research (CEBER)
Aims & Objectives:
The efficient utilisation of energy resources and reduction of the environmental impacts of energy consuming equipment and buildings are of vital importance for carbon emission reduction and economic development and prosperity.
Heating, Cooling and Refrigeration
The design of more efficient systems to provide the required thermal environment for buildings and processes involves analytical system simulation for design and control optimisation studies and the application of advanced control techniques to minimise energy consumption. Specific projects include the investigation of the performance of alternative and natural refrigerants, such as CO2 hydrocarbons and air, the application of artificial intelligence techniques for performance prediction and adaptive control and the design of more efficient food refrigeration equipment.
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Microclimate and Environmental Design
This includes investigations of energy consumption, indoor air quality and natural ventilation strategies in operational buildings, including user satisfaction; experimental and computational studies of the Urban Heat Island and its effect on building design.
Single and Two-phase Heat Transfer
The Group carries out one of the largest single and two-phase heat transfer research activities in the UK. This includes long-term research on flow boiling in small to micro passages in collaboration with other leading UK universities and industrial partners. Heat transfer enhancement techniques and foam heat exchangers are also studied. Particular projects in this area include boiling heat transfer and flow visualization in microchannels. electrohydrodynamic enhancement, thermofluid transport phenomena in pressurised protective clothing and turbulent natural convection. Other areas of activity include: improvement of energy conversion efficiency from renewable sources; waste minimisation and impacts of pollutants on humans and animals The research work is supported by grants from the EPSRC, other government funding bodies such as DEFRA, DTI, the EU, and industry.