Dr Ben Hughes

BEng Hons, PhD, CEng, FIMechE, FHEA, Wh.S.Sch

Dr Ben HughesReader in Energy

Faculty of Engineering Ethics Lead (Engineering Graduate School)

D17, Garden Street
Sheffield
S1 3JD
UK

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 215 7216

Email: ben.hughes@sheffield.ac.uk


Profile

Dr Hughes began his engineering career at as a mechanical apprentice for Shell UK where he remained for 12 years before graduating with a 1st class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering, followed by a PhD in Building Physics (EPSRC CASE).

Upon graduation, he was appointed as a teaching fellow in Mechanical Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, before joining University of Leeds in 2011 initially as a Lecturer in Civil Engineering, Associate Professor (2013) and joined the University of Sheffield as Reader in 2015.

He is a Fellow of the IMechE, former president of the Whitworth Society and in 2014 was awarded the IMechE visionary for outstanding leadership. He currently acts as Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Ventilation, Whitworth Society Awards Panel Member (IMechE) and External Examiner for MEng/MSc programs at University of East Anglia and Plymouth

  • New Civil Engineer Research Team of the Year 2017
  • New Civil Engineer Best Project: Carbon Reduction 2017
  • WSSET Innovation Award: Low Carbon Buildings 2017
  • IMechE Visionary 2014
  • Sir Joseph Whitworth Senior Scholar 2009



Areas of Research

Dr Hughes is an expert in the field of natural ventilation and passive cooling using CFD modelling and full scale experimental testing he has developed, patented and commercially licensed innovative technologies for numerous applications.

He is the founder and managing director of start-up Free Running Buildings limited, winners of research team of the year and best carbon reduction project.

He leads multiple applied research programs funded by BEIS, Innovate UK and International research funded by the British Council and the Qatar National Research Fund.

Current research areas include heat recovery and porous media applications, laser scanning for energy modelling and digital twins.




Current Research Grants

Principal Investigator:

  • 2018-21 BEIS Thermal Efficiency Challenge Heat Recovery in Commercial Buildings £560,000
  • 2017-20 IDC Machining Science Machine Learning to Reduce Manufacturing Energy Consumption £90,000
  • 2017-19 Innovate UK Energy Catalyst Late Stage Development of Energy Free cooling £400,000
  • 2016-20 Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures Solar Irrigation for Developing Countries £120,000
  • 2016-19 EPSRC IAA/BMW Munich Energy Modelling and Mapping of Production Plant £75,000
  • 2016-19 EPSRC CASE/BMW Energy Mapping and Modelling Using Cloud Data £90,000
  • 2016-19 British Council Newton Links Artificial Neural Networks for outdoor air quality £72,000
  • 2016-19 British Council Newton Links Development of Wind belt Technology £69,000
  • 2015-17 QNRF NPRP 6-461-2-188 Thermal Comfort of Spectators in Qatari Stadiums £750,000




Completed Research Grants

Principal Investigator:

  • 2014-15 EPSRC IAA/IP Group Start-up investment: Free Running Buildings Spin-off £72,000
  • 2011-14 QNRF NPRP 09-138-2-059 Passive Cooling Systems in Buildings £750,000

Co-Principal Investigator:

  • 2013-15 NIHR, i4i Development of a non-contact hand held respiratory device for infants £186,000
  • 2013-16 EPSRC CASE Natural Ventilation of the London Underground £90,000



Teaching

MEC437 Building Physics and Simulation




External Appointments

Research:

  • Editor in Chief International Journal of Ventilation, Taylor and Francis 2017- current

Knowledge Transfer:

  • Sir Joseph Whitworth Society President 2015
  • Managing Director Free Running Buildings (University Spin-off) 2014-Current

Teaching:

  • External Examiner: University of Plymouth, School of Engineering, MEng/MSc Engineering 2018-21
  • External Examiner: University of East Anglia, School of Mathematics, MSc Energy 2015-19
  • External Examiner: Sheffield Hallam University, School of Mechanical Engineering, 2013-15



Journal articles

Chapters

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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, BES and a field study, Natural Ventilation: Strategies, Health Implications and Impacts on the Environment 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

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Shahzad S, Brennan J, Theodossopoulos D, Hughes B & Calautit JK (2017) Thermal Preference, Comfort and Satisfaction: Norwegian and British workplaces. PLEA. United Kingdom 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
  • 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
  • Shahzad S, Calautit JK, Aquino AI, Nasir DS & 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) 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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) 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 (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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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, 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
  • Shahzad SS, Brennan J, Theodossopoulos, D, Hughes BR & Calautit JK (2015) Energy efficiency and comfort in the workplace: Norwegian cellular and British open plan. International Conference on Applied Energy. Abu Dhabi, 28 March 2015 - 31 March 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
  • Shahzad S, Calautit JK, Hughes B, BK S & Rijal HB () Visual Thermal Landscaping (VTL) Model: A Qualitative Thermal Comfort Approach based on the Context to Balance Energy and Comfort. Energy Procedia. United Kingdom View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Calautit JK, O'Connor D, Shahzad S, Calautit K & Hughes B () Numerical and experimental analysis of a natural ventilation windcatcher with passive heat recovery for mild-cold climates. Energy Procedia View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download

Theses / Dissertations

  • Calautit JK (2013) Integration and application of passive cooling within a wind tower. RIS download Bibtex download