Professor Ben Hughes

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Professor of Energy

Ben Hughes
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ben.hughes@sheffield.ac.uk

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Professor Ben Hughes
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street
Sheffield
S1 3JD
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Professor Hughes has recently completed a 3-year term as the Head of the School of Engineering at the University of Hull responsible for Mechanical, Electrical, Medical and Chemical Engineering Disciplines. During this role he led the School to its highest national league table position and quadrupled the Schools research income, generating a School surplus in excess of £7M per annum. His work is cross-disciplinary and he has held previous academic appointments at Strathclyde, Sheffield, Leeds and Heriot Watt University in both Mechanical and Civil Engineering Schools.

His personal research is both fundamental and applied focussed low carbon heating and cooling in the built environment, current research grants include the ESPRC Decarbonised Heating and Cooling Call 1, EPSRC Supergen Thermal Energy Storage Challenge 2, Innovate UK Energy Catalyst Round 8 and 10, and an Innovate UK Smart Award.

Professor Hughes has served as the Editor-In-Chief of the International Journal of Ventilation (Taylor & Francis) from 2015 - 22, and currently serves as an external examiner in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds, an awards panel member and past president of the Whitworth Society (IMechE). He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Whitworth Senior Scholar (Wh.S.Sch).

During his career to date he has been awarded the IMechE Visionary Award for Outstanding Leadership, New Civil Engineer Award for Research Team of the Year and a second award for the Best Carbon Reduction Project, WSSET Innovation Award for Low Carbon Technologies and Future Cities.

Publications

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Calautit JK, Hughes BR & Sofotasiou P (2016) Design and Optimisation of a Novel Passive Cooling Wind Tower In Rodrigues L (Ed.), Sustainable Energy for a Resilient Future (pp. 193-202). University of Nottingham & WSSET. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sofotasiou P, Calautit JK & Hughes BR (2016) Towards an integrated computational method to optimise design strategies for the built environment In Rodrigues L (Ed.), Sustainable Energy for a Resilient Future (pp. 48-57). Nottingham: University of Nottingham & WSSET. RIS download Bibtex download
  • O'Connor D, Calautit JK & Hughes BR (2015) Commercial wind towers for heating and cooling based on climatic conditions, Natural Ventilation: Strategies, Health Implications and Impacts on the Environment (pp. 65-116). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Calautit JK, Shahzad SS, Hughes BR, Brennan J & Theodossopoulos D (2015) Thermal comfort and energy efficiency in a naturally ventilated office: CFD, BTM and a field study, Natural Ventilation: Strategies, Health Implications and Impacts on the Environment (pp. 27-63). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Calautit JK, Hughes BR, Chaudhry HN & Ghani SA (2014) CFD investigation of the ventilation and thermal performance of a wind tower design integrated with heat transfer devices In Al-Baghdadi MA (Ed.), Computational Fluid Dynamics Applications in Green Design (pp. 23-46). International Energy and Environment Foundation RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hughes BR (2011) An engineering design analysis of a wind tower, Ventilation: Types, Standards and Problems (pp. 173-197). RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

  • Diana D, Nasir D, Hughes B & Ibrahim A (2024) Numerical Analysis on Conceptual Feasibility of Hybrid Windcatcher and Turbine Roof Ventilator for Optimum IEQ and Wind Power Harvesting RIS download Bibtex download
  • Calautit JK, O’Connor D, Tien PW, Wei S, Pantua CAJ & Hughes B (2020) Development of a natural ventilation windcatcher with passive heat recovery wheel for mild-cold climates: CFD and experimental analysis. Renewable Energy, Vol. 160 (pp 465-482) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Dominic O, Calautit J, Calautit K, Shahzad S, Hughes B & Pantua CAJ (2019) Analysis of a rotary passive heat recovery device for natural ventilation windcatcher. IOP Conference. Series: Materials Science and Engineering, Vol. 556(012001). Chengdu, China, 30 August 2018 - 30 August 2018. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shahzad S, Calautit JK, Hughes B, BK S & Rijal HB (2019) Visual Thermal Landscaping (VTL) Model: A Qualitative Thermal Comfort Approach based on the Context to Balance Energy and Comfort. Energy Procedia, Vol. 158 (pp 3119-3124). United Kingdom, 22 August 2018 - 25 August 2018. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Calautit JK, O'Connor D, Shahzad S, Calautit K & Hughes B (2019) Numerical and experimental analysis of a natural ventilation windcatcher with passive heat recovery for mild-cold climates. Energy Procedia, Vol. 158 (pp 3125-3130), 22 August 2018 - 25 August 2018. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shahzad S, Calautit JK & Hughes B (2018) Dynamic Decision and Thermal Comfort: CFD and Field Test Analysis of a Personalised Thermal Chair. Windsor Conference. United Kingdom RIS download Bibtex download
  • Calautit J, Aquino A, O’Connor D, Cabaneros S, Shahzad S, Wazed S, Garwood T, Calautit K & Hughes B (2017) Indoor environmental quality (IEQ) analysis of a low energy wind catcher with horizontally-arranged heat transfer devices. Energy Procedia, Vol. 142 (pp 2095-2101). Cardiff, UK, 21 August 2017 - 24 August 2017. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shahzad S, Calautit JK, Aquino AI, Nasir DSNM & Hughes BR (2017) Neutral thermal sensation or dynamic thermal comfort? Numerical and field test analysis of a thermal chair. Energy Procedia, Vol. 142 (pp 2189-2194). Cardiff, UK, 21 August 2017 - 24 August 2017. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Aquino AI, Calautit JK & Hughes BR (2017) Urban Integration of Aeroelastic Belt for Low-Energy Wind Harvesting. Energy Procedia, Vol. 105 (pp 738-743) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Calautit JK, Aquino AI, Shahzad S, Nasir DSNM & Hughes BR (2017) Thermal Comfort and Indoor air Quality Analysis of a Low-energy Cooling Windcatcher. Energy Procedia, Vol. 105 (pp 2865-2870) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nasir DSNM, Hughes BR, Calautit JK, Aquino AI & Shahzad S (2017) Effect of Urban Street Canyon Aspect Ratio on Thermal Performance of Road Pavement Solar Collectors (RPSC). Energy Procedia, Vol. 105 (pp 4414-4419) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shahzad S, Hughes B, Calautit JK & Nasir DSNM (2017) Computational and Field Test Analysis of Thermal Comfort Performance of User-controlled Thermal Chair in an Open Plan Office. Energy Procedia, Vol. 105 (pp 2635-2640) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shahzad S, Calautit JK, Aquino A, Nasir DS & Hughes B (2017) Computational and field test studies of thermal comfort of an advanced personal comfort system in an open plan office. SET2017. United Kingdom RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shahzad S, Brennan J, Theodossopoulos D, Calautit JK & Hughes B (2017) The thermal preference, comfort and satisfaction: Norwegian and British workplaces. Proceedings of 33rd PLEA International Conference: Design to Thrive, PLEA 2017, Vol. 1 (pp 851-858) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shahzad S, Brennan J, Theodossopoulos D, Hughes B & Calautit JK (2017) Neutral Thermal Sensation: Is it the Correct Response to Assess Thermal Comfort?. CIBSE ASHRAE. United Kingdom RIS download Bibtex download
  • O’Connor D, Calautit JK & Hughes BR (2017) A novel design of a rotary desiccant system for reduced dehumidification regeneration air temperature. Energy Procedia, Vol. 142 (pp 253-258) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Garwood TL, Hughes BR, O’Connor D, Calautit JK, Oates MR & Hodgson T (2017) Geometry Extraction for High Resolution Building Energy Modelling Applications from Point Cloud Data: A Case Study of a Factory Facility. Energy Procedia, Vol. 142 (pp 1805-1810) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Wazed SM, Hughes BR, O’Connor D & Calautit JK (2017) Solar Driven Irrigation Systems for Remote Rural Farms. Energy Procedia, Vol. 142 (pp 184-191) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Aquino AI, Calautit JK & Hughes BR (2017) A Study on the Wind-Induced Flutter Energy Harvester (WIFEH) Integration into Buildings. Energy Procedia, Vol. 142 (pp 321-327) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Cabaneros SMS, Calautit JKS & Hughes BR (2017) Hybrid Artificial Neural Network Models for Effective Prediction and Mitigation of Urban Roadside NO 2 Pollution. Energy Procedia, Vol. 142 (pp 3524-3530) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Binti Mohd Nasir SDN, Calautit JK & Hughes BR (2016) Analysis of the Impact of Urban Configuration on Road Solar Collector. 11th Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES), Lisbon11th Sustainab, 24 September 2016 - 24 September 2016. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Aquino AI, Hughes BR & Calautit JK (2016) The Development of Wind Belts for Autonomous Power Supply. Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI),, Vol. 1. Exeter, 1 August 2016 - 1 August 2016. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shahzad SS, Theodossopoulos D, Hughes BR, Calautit JK & Brennan J (2016) The Accuracy of Thermal Comfort Zone, ASHRAE Standard 55-2013. CIBSE Technical Symposium 2016 - 'Integration for whole life building performance'. UK, 14 April 2016 - 15 April 2016. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shahzad S, Calautit JK, Hughes BR, Theodossopoulos D & Brennan J (2016) Thermal Comfort and Energy: CFD, BES and Field Study in a British Open Plan Office with Displacement Ventilation. Proceedings of 9th Windsor Conference: Making Comfort Relevant. UK, 7 April 2016 - 10 April 2016. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Calautit JK, O'Connor D & Hughes BR (2015) Natural Ventilation Wind Tower Incorporated with Heat Pipe Heat Recovery for Cold Climates. The 8th International Cold Climate HVAC Conference. China, 20 October 2015 - 23 October 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • O'Connor D, Calautit J & Hughes BR (2015) Natural Ventilation Wind Tower with Passive Heat Recovery. Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems. Croatia, 27 September 2015 - 3 October 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shazad SS, Brennan J, Theodossopoulos D, Hughes BR & Calautit JK (2015) A Norwegian Cellular vs. A British Open Plan Office: Sick Building Syndrome, Energy and Thermal Control. The 5th World Sustainability Forum. Switzerland, 27 September 2015 - 29 September 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sofotasiou P, Hughes BR & Calautit JK (2015) “Towards an integrated computational method to optimise design strategies for the built environment”. 14th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies (SET). Nottingham, UK, 25 August 2015 - 27 August 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Calautit JK, Hughes BR & Sofotasiou P (2015) Design and Optimisation of a Novel Passive Cooling Wind Tower. 14th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies (SET). Nottingham, UK, 25 August 2015 - 27 August 2015. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Calautit JK & Hughes BR (2015) Design and optimisation of a low-carbon ventilation technology for buildings in warm/hot climate. 29 Aug 2015. Reading, UK, 27 July 2015 - 29 July 2015. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nasir DSNM, Hughes BR & Calautit JK (2015) The Impact of Building Geometry on the Thermal Performance of Road Pavement Solar Collectors (RPSC). Sustainable Thermal Energy management Conference (SusTEM 2015). Newcastle, UK, 7 July 2015 - 8 July 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Calautit JK & Hughes BR (2015) Application of a Passive Cooling Wind Catcher within the Built Environment: Numerical and Experimental Analysis. Sustainable Thermal Energy management Conference (SusTEM 2015). Newcastle, UK, 7 July 2015 - 8 July 2015. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Binti Mohd Nasir SDN, Hughes BR & Calautit JK (2015) CFD Simulation of Integrating Solar Roads in Urban Canyon. USES 2015. Sheffield, UK, 24 June 2015 - 24 June 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shahzad SS, Brennan J, Theodossopoulos D, Hughes BR & Calautit JK (2015) Health, Energy and Thermal Comfort. USES 2015. Sheffield, UK, 24 June 2015 - 24 June 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Binti Mohd Nasir SDN, Hughes BR & Calautit JK (2015) CFD Simulation of Integrating Solar Roads in Urban Canyon. USES 2015. Sheffield, UK, 24 June 2015 - 24 June 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Calautit JK, Hughes BR, Shahzad SS & Binti Mohd Nasir SDN (2015) Numerical Analysis of a Wind Catcher Assisted Passive Cooling Technology. USES 2015. Sheffield, UK, 24 June 2015 - 24 June 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Calautit JK, O' Connor D, Hughes BR & Shahzad SS (2015) Performance Investigation of a Commercial Wind Catcher with Horizontally-arranged Heat Transfer Devices (HHTD). Annual International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering. Singapore, 13 April 2015 - 14 April 2015. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • O'Connor D, Calautit JK & Hughes BR (2015) Effect of Rotation Speed of a Rotary Wheel on Ventilation Supply Rates of Wind Tower. International Conference on Applied Energy. Abu Dhabi, 28 March 2015 - 31 March 2015. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Calautit JK, O' Connor D, Hughes BR & Shahzad SS (2015) Computational and Wind Tunnel Study of the Performance of a Multi-Directional Wind Tower with Heat Transfer Devices. International Conference on Applied Energy. Abu Dhabi, 28 March 2015 - 31 March 2015. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sofotasiou P, Hughes BR & Calautit JK (2014) Thermal Performance Evaluation of Semi-Outdoor Sport Stadia- A Case Study of the Upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. 3rd International Conference on Energy in Buildings. Athens, Greece, 14 November 2014. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Binti Mohd Nasir SDN, Hughes BR & Calautit JK (2014) The Influence of Urban Geometry Aspect Ratio on Heating the Pavement Middle Layers: Potential in Passive Energy Collection. Regional Studies Association Conference. Sheffield, UK, 30 October 2014 - 31 October 2014. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Calautit JK, Hughes BR & Shahzad SS (2014) Adapting Buildings to meet the Energy Challenge. Cities. Leeds, 10 July 2014 - 11 July 2014. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Calautit JK & Hughes BR (2014) Passive Cooling: Wind towers to Football Stadiums. Energy Challenge and Mechanics. Aberdeen, 8 July 2014 - 10 July 2014. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Chaudhry HN, Hughes BR & Ghani SA (2014) Passive pre-cooling potential for reducing building air-conditioning loads in hot climates. 1st International Conference on Energy and Indoor Environment for Hot Climates (pp 9-16) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Calautit JK, Hughes BR & Ghani SA (2012) Numerical Investigation of the integration of heat transfer devices into wind towers. Applied Energy, 5 July 2012 - 8 July 2012. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Calautit JK, Hughes BR & Ghani SA (2012) Numerical Investigation of the Integration of Heat Transfer Devices Into Wind Tower. Chemical Engineering Transactions. Macedonia, 1 July 2012 - 7 July 2012. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hughes BR, Calautit JK & Chaudhry HN (2012) Advancement of Natural Ventilation Technologies for Sustainable Development. Earth Systems Engineering (pp 71-84). Centre for Earth Systems Engineering Research, Newcastle University, U.K, 3 July 2012 - 5 July 2012. RIS download Bibtex download

Theses / Dissertations

  • Calautit JKS, Hughes BR & Ghani SA (2014) Integration and application of passive cooling within a wind tower. RIS download Bibtex download

Preprints

Grants

10105520 INNOVATE UK/Net Zero Places Places ; NIGHTCOOL: Deployment of FREECOOL+ for night cooling strategies in Africa

10031127 INNOVATE UK /Energy Catalyst; FREECOOL+ - Adapting Passive Ventilation and Zero-Energy Cooling for Sub-Saharan Africa

10031127 INNOVATE UK/Smart Grant; FREECOMFORT: Heat Recovery and Passive Cooling to Retrofit in Commercial Buildings

10031127 INNOVATE UK/ FREEHEAT; Revolutionising the viability of natural ventilation through heat recovery EP/T023112/1 EPSRC Heating and Cooling Call 1; Integrating seasonal thermal storage with multiple energy sources to decarbonise thermal energy

EP/T02318X/1A EPSRC Supergen Call; A versatile PCM energy storage system for building applications

Professional activities and memberships

Founder and Managing Director of University Spin-out Free Running Buildings Limited