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Civil and Building Engineering

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Cook, Malcolm

Professor Malcolm Cook

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Background

Malcolm graduated from Manchester University in 1991 with a degree in Mathematics before moving to Leicester University where he studied for a masters degree in Electromechanical Design. He then moved to De Montfort University, Leicester, where he completed his PhD in 1998 in the area of computational fluid dynamics modelling of natural ventilation. Between 1998 and 2008, Malcolm worked on several research projects at De Montfort in the area of low energy cooling and ventilation in buildings. He spent much of his time undertaking consultancy work for a variety of clients including architects, building services engineers and local government. The projects involved concept design work as well as detailed computer simulation. Malcolm moved to Loughborough University in September 2008 as a Reader in Building Performance Modelling and was awarded his chair in Building Performance Analysis in May 2012.

Professional Affiliations

Member CIBSE
Member ASHRAE
Member IMA
Chartered Mathematician

External Activities

Chairman IBPSA-England
Secretary CIBSE Natural Ventilation Group
Editorial board for International Journal of Ventilation
Voting member of ASHRAE technical committee 4.10 for Indoor Environmental Modelling
Voting member of ASHRAE technical committee 4.7 for Energy Calculations
Associate Editor, HVAC&R
 

Broad Interests and Expertise

Energy use in non-domestic buildings and building performance modelling

Research Interests

Low energy buildings (concept design and computer simulation)
Computational Fluid Dynamics modelling of buoyancy-driven flows
Natural ventilation (design and modelling)
Low energy cooling and ventilation
Thermal comfort
Building control

PhD Research: Computational fluid dynamics modelling of buoyancy-driven displacement ventilation

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Previous Research Projects

  • Design strategies for low energy ventilation and cooling of health care buildings
  • Engaging the school community in building for a sustainable future
  • Natural ventilation modelling using large eddy simulation
  • Simulation of dynamic thermal performance of buildings using computational fluid dynamics
  • Control of heat transfer and airflow in multi-functional façades
  • Use of computational fluid dynamics for modelling natural ventilation
  • Application of passive downdraught evaporative cooling in non-domestic buildings

Research project

Modelling the Human Occupancy Factor in the Design of Naturally Ventilated Buildings

Summary

The aim of the project is to develop a validated simulation tool capable of predicting the human-environment interactions in naturally ventilated buildings and so to predict the impact of building designs on occupants and vice versa. The research will combine a detailed computer model for predicting airflow and temperature patterns in buildings (computational fluid dynamics or CFD) with a detailed mathematical model of human physiology and thermal comfort. Although the system will be used primarily for addressing thermal comfort in naturally ventilated spaces, it is expected that the model will have many more applications in which the comfort and safety of people is of interest.

Methods

Computer simulation with experimental validation

 

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