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Bio-inspired Transparent Microfluidic Platform as Transformable Networks for Solar Modulation (2019)
Journal Article
Alston, M. E., Pottgiesser, U., & Knaack, U. (2019). Bio-inspired Transparent Microfluidic Platform as Transformable Networks for Solar Modulation. Journal of Facade Design and Engineering, 7(1), 89-100. https://doi.org/10.7480/jfde.2019.1.2785

The glazed envelopes on buildings play a major role in operational energy consumption as they define the boundary conditions between climate and thermal comfort. Such a façade is viewed as an uncontrolled load that sets the operational performance re... Read More

Urban entrepeneurialism and sustainable development: a comparative analysis of Chinese eco-developments (2019)
Journal Article
Xie, L., Cheshmehzangi, A., Tan-Mullins, M., Flynn, A., & Heath, T. (in press). Urban entrepeneurialism and sustainable development: a comparative analysis of Chinese eco-developments. Journal of Urban Technology,

Focusing upon the strategic entrepreneurial planning of local government, this paper presents a critical analysis of the variability of Chinese urban sustainable development projects. In recent years, state entrepreneurialism and notions of (urban) s... Read More

A new regression model to predict BIPV cell temperature for various climates using a high-resolution CFD microclimate model (2019)
Journal Article
Zhang, R., Gan, Y., & Mirzaei, P. A. (2019). A new regression model to predict BIPV cell temperature for various climates using a high-resolution CFD microclimate model. Advances in Building Energy Research, doi:10.1080/17512549.2019.1654917

Understanding of cell temperature of Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) is essential in the calculation of their conversion efficiency, durability and installation costs. Current PV cell temperature models mainly fail to provide accurate predic... Read More

Preservation and reuse of reinforced concrete hyperbolic paraboloid shells in the UK (2019)
Conference Proceeding
Mendoza, M., & Chilton, J. (2019). Preservation and reuse of reinforced concrete hyperbolic paraboloid shells in the UK. In C. Lázaro, K. Bletzinger, & E. Oñate (Eds.), Proceedings of the IASS Annual Symposium 2019 – Structural Membranes 2019

During the 1950s concrete shell structures, including hyperbolic paraboloid 'hypar' structures, gained a foothold in Britain's architectural and engineering realm. These structures bear witness to the technological developments in the construction se... Read More

Experimental study of a membrane-based liquid desiccant dehumidifier based on internal air temperature variation (2019)
Journal Article
Chu, J., Zhu, J., Bai, H., & Cui, Y. (2019). Experimental study of a membrane-based liquid desiccant dehumidifier based on internal air temperature variation. Applied Thermal Engineering, 159, doi:10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2019.113936

A membrane-based liquid desiccant dehumidifier with the separated air stream and liquid desiccant channels has the ability to solve its working fluid carryover problem in the traditional direct contact system. The sensible, latent, total effectivenes... Read More

Casa Corriere –RCS Media Group pavilion for Expo 2015 (2019)
Conference Proceeding
Beccarelli, P., Armani, M., & Maffei, R. (2019). Casa Corriere –RCS Media Group pavilion for Expo 2015. In Proceedings of the TensiNet Symposium 2019: Softening the Habitats, 505-513. doi:10.30448/ts2019.3245.24

In 2014 Rizzoli-Corriere dellaSera Media Group S.p.A. decided to have a pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015 in order to promote the activity of the group in daily newspapers, magazines and books, radio broadcasting, new media and digital and satellite TV... Read More

Energy performance of film membranes in the retrofitting of Architectural Heritage: an Italian case study (2019)
Conference Proceeding
De Vita, M., D'Antonio, R., Beccarelli, P., & De Berardinis, P. (2019). Energy performance of film membranes in the retrofitting of Architectural Heritage: an Italian case study. In Proceedings of the TensiNet Symposium 2019: Softening the Habitats, 624-633. doi:10.30448/ts2019.3245.23

During the last decades, the development of architectural textiles led to significant innovations in the building industry. Designers, producers and researchers have invested in the technical development of textile envelopes with the aim of improving... Read More

Integrated hollow porous ceramic cuboids-finned heat pipes evaporative cooling system: numerical modelling and experimental validation (2019)
Journal Article
Almaneea, A., Alharbi, A., & Boukhanoui, R. (2019). Integrated hollow porous ceramic cuboids-finned heat pipes evaporative cooling system: numerical modelling and experimental validation. Energy and Buildings, 196, 61-70. doi:10.1016/j.enbuild.2019.05.012

The work presented in this paper investigates design, computer modelling and testing of a sub-wet bulb temperature evaporative cooling system for space air conditioning in buildings. The target application of evaporative cooling technology is particu... Read More

Wind tunnel experiments on cross-ventilation flow of a generic sheltered building in urban areas (2019)
Journal Article
Shirzadi, M., Tominaga, Y., & Mirzaei, P. A. (2019). Wind tunnel experiments on cross-ventilation flow of a generic sheltered building in urban areas. Building and Environment, 158, 60-72. doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2019.04.057

Results of an extensive wind tunnel experimental measurements for cross-ventilation in a sheltered building are presented against different wind angles. Buildings were placed in a regular arrangement with a constant planar area ratio of 0.25. Instant... Read More

A numerical methodology for comprehensive assessment of the dynamic thermal performance of horizontal ground heat exchangers (2019)
Journal Article
Gan, G. (2019). A numerical methodology for comprehensive assessment of the dynamic thermal performance of horizontal ground heat exchangers. Thermal Science and Engineering Progress, 11, 365-379. doi:10.1016/j.tsep.2019.04.013

Heat transfer takes place simultaneously with moisture transfer in unsaturated soil and the transport processes interact with a ground heat exchanger (GHX) installed for a ground source heat pump. This paper presents a numerical methodology to produc... Read More

Techno-economic assessment of the horizontal geothermal heat pump systems: a comprehensive review (2019)
Journal Article
Cui, Y., Zhu, J., Twaha, S., Chu, J., Bai, H., Huang, K., …Soleimani, Z. (2019). Techno-economic assessment of the horizontal geothermal heat pump systems: a comprehensive review. Energy Conversion and Management, 191, 208-236. doi:10.1016/j.enconman.2019.04.018

Geothermal heat pump has been widely recognized as one of the promising technologies for building applications because of its high energy efficiency and low operating expense, however the high capital investment and installation costs discourage buil... Read More

An experimental investigation of oxy-coal combustion in a 15 kWth pressurized fluidized bed combustor (2018)
Journal Article
Pang, L., Shao, Y., Zhong, W., Liu, H., & Jiang, P. (2018). An experimental investigation of oxy-coal combustion in a 15 kWth pressurized fluidized bed combustor. Energy and Fuels, doi:10.1021/acs.energyfuels.8b02654

Pressurized oxy-coal combustion is considered as a promising carbon capture technology due to its potential of high efficiency and low cost in CO2 capture. However, experimental investigations of oxy-coal combustion under pressurized conditions are f... Read More

Hans Scharoun's 'dwelling cells' and the autonomy of architecture (2018)
Journal Article
Borsi, K. (2018). Hans Scharoun's 'dwelling cells' and the autonomy of architecture. Journal of Architecture, 23(7-8), 1104-1142. doi:10.1080/13602365.2018.1513418

The paper argues that Hans Scharoun’s articulation of the Siedlung Siemensstadt (1929 – 1931) and Charlottenburg Nord (1956 – 1961) exemplify a process of typological reasoning about how to house and group the urban population, hyperarticulating the... Read More

A Control Methodology for Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) in Heat Networks with Distributed Generation (2018)
Journal Article
Jones, S. R., Beardmore, J., Gillott, M., Boukhanouf, R., & Walker, G. (2018). A Control Methodology for Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) in Heat Networks with Distributed Generation. Energy Procedia, 153, 295-302. doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2018.10.011

Reducing building energy consumption is important to achieve sustainable development, as a result, there is a need to investigate better energy systems with well-designed management infrastructure. At the Creative Energy Homes, a low-temperature heat... Read More

Experimental investigations into the adsorption enhancement in packed beds using Z-Annular flow configuration (2018)
Journal Article
Yeboah, S., & Darkwa, J. (2019). Experimental investigations into the adsorption enhancement in packed beds using Z-Annular flow configuration. International Journal of Thermal Sciences, 136, 121-134. doi:10.1016/j.ijthermalsci.2018.10.027

Annular packed bed structures have the potential to overcome limitations of conventional fully packed bed types by offering radial distribution of airflow within them to enhance fluid-solid contact during adsorption and also to minimize pressure drop... Read More

Experimental investigation on the coal combustion in a pressurized fluidized bed (2018)
Journal Article
Pang, L., Shao, Y., Zhong, W., & Liu, H. (2018). Experimental investigation on the coal combustion in a pressurized fluidized bed. Energy, 165(B), 1119-1128. doi:10.1016/j.energy.2018.09.198

Pressurized oxy-coal combustion is considered as one of the most promising carbon capture technologies in terms of high carbon capture efficiency and low cost. However, practical operational experience with pressurized coal combustion in a fluidized... Read More

A Bayesian method of evaluating discomfort due to glare: the effect of order bias from a large glare source (2018)
Journal Article
Kent, M., Cheung, T., Altomonte, S., Schiavon, S., & Lipczyńska, A. (2018). A Bayesian method of evaluating discomfort due to glare: the effect of order bias from a large glare source. Building and Environment, 146, (258-267). doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2018.10.005. ISSN 0360-1323

Replicating scientific findings is a fundamental aspect of research. However, in studies of discomfort due to glare, it is difficult to make comparisons between the results of different experiments since the statistical tests usually reported do not... Read More

Integrated semi-transparent cadmium telluride photovoltaic glazing into windows: energy and daylight performance for different architecture designs (2018)
Journal Article
Sun, Y., Shanks, K., Baig, H., Zhang, W., Hao, X., Li, Y., …Wu, Y. (2018). Integrated semi-transparent cadmium telluride photovoltaic glazing into windows: energy and daylight performance for different architecture designs. Applied Energy, 231, 972-984. doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2018.09.133

When integrating photovoltaics into building windows, the photovoltaic glazing modules inhibit the function that glass performs, with the additional function of energy production. Semi-transparent Photovoltaic (STPV) glazing will absorb part of the s... Read More

Universities and the City: from islands of knowledge to districts of innovation (2018)
Journal Article
Borsi, K., & Schulte, C. (2018). Universities and the City: from islands of knowledge to districts of innovation. Journal of Architecture, 23(7-8), 1143-1180. doi:10.1080/13602365.2018.1514524

We are witnessing a new trend in the design of university buildings and other ‘knowledge typologies’, that is, buildings in which knowledge is produced or disseminated, such as research laboratories or libraries. Increasingly, their design inverts th... Read More

Development of experimental methods for quantifying the human response to chromatic glazing (2018)
Journal Article
Liang, R., Kent, M., Wilson, R., & Wu, Y. (2019). Development of experimental methods for quantifying the human response to chromatic glazing. Building and Environment, 147, 199-210. doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2018.09.044

Thermochromic (TC) windows have the ability to regulate daylight and control the solar heat gains that shape a building's internal environment. They therefore offer the potential to improve indoor comfort and reduce building energy demand when used i... Read More