School of Computing and Engineering

Facade Engineering

Primary supervisor: Dr Ali Bahadori-Jahromi

Start dates: January, May and September of each academic year

Duration: This is a three-year position.

Research context

Research at the University of West London lives in an ecosystem of interdisciplinary research clusters. This PhD position is based in the School of Computing and Engineering. This is collaborative study between University of West London, The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and Hilton Worldwide. This research focuses on the study of different façade types and the effect they have on the energy performance of the buildings and what are the ongoing maintenance requirements. Dr Jahromi and his industrial partners are leading the vibrant research team of three current candidates in this area and past graduates which provides the selected applicant appropriate support and welcoming environment in undertaking the research.

The façade is the boundary of the building between the interior spaces and the external area. It has a significant impact on the interior temperature and lighting consumption, therefore it affects the energy performance of the building. Research will also have to take into consideration the climate change and investigate potential overheating issues that the buildings might have to encounter in the future. 

Research goal

The research concentrates on understanding the effect of the façade on the energy performance of the building. Research will investigate different façade types for various types of buildings and for various climates. It will aim to identify retrofitting solutions for existing buildings and to provide guidelines for the characteristics of the façade of new buildings. 

Candidate Profile

Applicants will be expected to hold a good first degree (first or upper second class) and a Masters degree (or equivalent) in Civil or Mechanical Engineering. Potential candidates should have experience in energy simulation software packages. Confidence in computational simulation and CFD packages will be advantageous.

All applicants for whom English is not their first language must also demonstrate their English language proficiency through evidence of IELTS at overall 7 (with 6.5 in all four skills) or by providing access to MA/MSc chapters or published work.

Further Information

For general enquiries about the application process visit the Graduate School pages.

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