Dr Ben Hughes

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

Dr Ben HughesReader in Energy

Level 1
Arts Tower
Western Bank
Sheffield
S10 2TN

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 215 7216

Email: ben.hughes@sheffield.ac.uk


Profile

Dr Ben Hughes is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with over twenty years of combined academic and industrial experience; he is a Fellow of the IMechE, Sir Joseph Whitworth Senior Scholar, President Elect of the Whitworth Society and the 2014 IMechE Visionary for outstanding leadership.

Dr Hughes has held Academic appointments at three of the UK’s leading academic institutions namely Heriot-Watt University (Teaching Fellow/MSc Energy Course Leader), University of Leeds (Lecturer/Senior Lecturer) and currently the University of Sheffield (Reader). During the past 6 years Dr Hughes has built a team of researchers specialising in energy reduction in the built environment with a focus on innovative technologies. The current team consists of 2 post-doctoral fellows and 10 PhD students, with recent graduates achieving Assistant Professor, Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow at leading UK institutions.

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. In total Dr Hughes has achieved 4 UK/WO patents relating to energy technologies (WO 2009/138769, WO 2009/138768, GB2460095B and GB2460104B). In addition he has filed a UK PCT (PCT/GB2014/052513) from an EPSRC Undergraduate project (2012, £4500) for heat recovery in a natural ventilation system, with the student receiving a PhD scholarship under Dr Hughes supervision.

Dr Hughes has recently filed a UK patent application (1321709.6) for a zero energy passive cooling device which is currently undergoing full scale testing in Abu Dhabi as part of the Zayed Future Energy Prize.

In addition Dr Hughes has used his expertise in fluid flow modelling for medical applications and is a named inventor for UK patent application (GB141817.5) for a novel respiratory device in collaboration with Sheffield Children’s hospital.

In 2014 this track record in clean technologies led to Dr Hughes founding a spin out company with the University of Leeds and the IP Group ‘Free Running Buildings’ to provide a route to market for current and future innovations within the field of energy reduction in the built environment.

Professional Activity

Sir Joseph Whitworth Senior Scholar 2009

IMechE Visionary 2014

Deputy Editor, Engineering Sustainability, ICE Publishing, 2014-Current

Member IMechE Technical Strategy Board 2013- Current

Sir Joseph Whitworth Society President 2015

External Examiner: Sheffield Hallam University, School of Mechanical Engineering, 2013-Current

External Examiner: University of East Anglia, School of Mathematics, MSc Energy 2015-Current

Current Research Grants

Principal Investigator:

QNRF NPRP 09-138-2-059 Integration of passive ventilation and novel cooling systems for reducing air conditioning loads in buildings $1,050,000

QNRF NPRP 6-461-2-188 Thermal Comfort of spectators in Qatari Stadiums $1,048,000

EPSRC IAA/IP Group Grub Fund Investment: Free Running Buildings Spin-off £72,000

Co-Principal Investigator:

NIHR, i4i Development of the breatheasy; a non-contact hand held respiratory device for infants £186,000

EPSRC CASE Natural Ventilation of the London Underground £90,000

Teaching

Building Physics, Fluid Flow, Energy in the Built Environment

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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Hughes BR (2011) An engineering design analysis of a wind tower, Ventilation: Types, Standards and Problems (pp. 173-197).

Conference proceedings papers

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Calautit JK, Hughes BR & Shahzad SS (2014) Adapting Buildings to meet the Energy Challenge. Cities. Leeds, 10 July 2014 - 11 July 2014.
  • Calautit JK & Hughes BR (2014) Passive Cooling: Wind towers to Football Stadiums. Energy Challenge and Mechanics. Aberdeen, 8 July 2014 - 10 July 2014.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Theses / Dissertations

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