Better ventilation for buildings: from idealised models to real-world influences

Started: October 2017
Supervisor: Burridge, HHughes, G. 
Industry Partner: Foster + Partners

Description of Research

This research is investigating the fluid mechanics within modern buildings due to wind and buoyancy driven air flows. We spend around 90% of our time indoors in buildings which account for around 30% of our energy consumption. Ventilation is a crucial element of any building design and impacts significantly both on energy consumption and the health, comfort and well-being of building users. Through experiments and computational fluid dynamics, this research will help design less energy intensive building ventilation strategies.


Tom is a graduate with an MEng in Civil Engineering from the University of Manchester.


Tom HightonFluid Mechanics Research Student 
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering 

Imperial College London SW7 2AZ