PhD Studentship Computational analysis and optimization of innovative solar shading concepts
Eindhoven University of Technology is looking for an excellent and highly motivated PhD candidate – Computational analysis and optimization of innovative solar shading concepts and automation strategies.
Effective daylight utilization and smart use of passive solar gains are essential for achieving low-energy buildings with comfortable indoor conditions. There is currently no shortage of high-performance fenestration systems, solar shading concepts and other responsive building elements as enabling technologies in this context. However, the key in realizing the potential of such systems lies in their coordinated operation when the building is in use. There is a need for developing a better understanding of what “intelligent” operation of building envelope systems really means, and how this can be accomplished by interacting with other building systems, occupant requirements and variable weather conditions.
The objective of this PhD research will be to develop and test a computational performance assessment framework that can be used to analyze and optimize the performance of advanced solar shading concepts via simultaneous consideration of the whole-building integration aspects and automation strategies of such systems. By using modelling and simulation in combination with sensitivity and uncertainty analysis, this projects seeks to develop robust façade and control solutions that are optimized with respect to energy efficiency and satisfaction with indoor environmental quality. The knowledge obtained in this research aims to support the development of innovative façade systems, to be further tested and refined in collaboration with industrial partners.
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