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Jie Zhu

Lecturer, Fluids & Thermal Engineering Research Group, Faculty of Engineering

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Biography

Dr Zhu is a member and lecturer of the Fluids and Thermal Engineering research group. He has a high level of expertise in applied thermodynamics, heat transfer, refrigeration, heat pumps, sustainable/renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency technology. Dr Zhu has been involved in a number of research projects on energy efficiency, vapour compression, desiccant refrigeration, evaporative cooling, ejector air conditioning and energy storage systems, and has published over 30 scientific papers in refereed journals and conferences. He is currently investigating building energy and sustainability. Dr Zhu also has two years of industrial experience with a manufacturer of air conditioners and heat pump systems.

Expertise Summary

Dr Zhu is a lecturer at the Department of the Built Environment. He has a high level of expertise in applied thermodynamics, heat transfer, refrigeration, heat pumps, sustainable/renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency technology, and has published over 30 journal and conference papers. Dr Zhu has been involved in more than ten research projects funded by the EPSRC, Carbon Trust, China Natural Science Research Council and industry, and has been granted two patents. He has worked on an EPSRC funded research project, 'A novel porous ceramic/heat pipe cooler', and set up a theoretical model for the novel cooler as well as designed a simulation program to predict its performance. Dr Zhu has also worked on another EPSRC funded research project, 'Strategic research for sustainable energy technology in buildings'. His research covered three sustainable energy technology areas: i) Heating/cooling/power generation system using PV concentration for integration in high-rise buildings; ii) Experimental investigation of energy storage for evacuated solar collectors and iii) Development of a clothes drying heat recovery device. Dr Zhu has also worked a Low Carbon Trust funded research project, 'Technology assessment for radically improving the built asset base'. Dr Zhu's research has had on the primary aim at reducing CO2 emissions in the building sector. He is currently carrying out teaching and research work associated with building services, renewable and sustainable technologies and energy efficiency technology, and supervises five PhD students.

Teaching Summary

  • Building energy performance modeling
  • Building energy simulation
  • Energy policy study
  • Renewable energy

Research Summary

  • A Novel Tri-generation System Powered by Solar Energy
  • Novel modular foundation/ground source heat pump
  • Implementation and application of solar energy
  • Advanced air conditioning system

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Selected Publications

Past Research

  • Technology assessment for radically improving the built asset base
  • Strategic research for sustainable energy technology in buildings
  • A novel porous ceramic/heat-pipe cooler
  • Domestic building energy supply system design
  • Efficient magnetic desiccant ventilator
  • Creative energy homes: knowledge transfer in sustainable construction & energy
  • A novel building-integrated low energy air conditioner
  • Vapor compression system simulation
  • Scroll compressor performance study

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