Research Seminar in Energy, Environment and Comfort

Academic year
Subject Area
Energy, Environment end Comfort
Language of Instruction
Other Languages of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
3rd Cycle Studies

Recommended Prerequisites


Teaching Methods

The organization of the curricular unit is a function of the profile of the students who attend it, in each academic year, and must be determined according to the objectives defined by the teachers. This organization determines the weight of each components of the syllabus, in each academic year. The following complementary activities will be developed:

1- Participation in lectures.

2- Master classes.

3- Presentation and discussion of scientific articles/research topics by students.

4- Preparation of a monograph and/or project, with presentation and discussion in a workshop.

Learning Outcomes

Students should be able to:

• Demonstrate a comprehensive view of the state-of-the art and the main research challenges of the scientific area of Energy, environment and comfort;

• Demonstrate fundamental knowledge about the syllabus of the curricular unit, namely through its application in the critical analysis of scientific works, including those that take place in the DEM research groups in the area of Energy, environment and comfort;

• Demonstrate autonomous learning, synthesis and scientific writing skills, in particular through their application in written reports and manuscripts;

• Demonstrate verbal communication skills, including proactive participation in lectures.

Work Placement(s)



1. Transfer Phenomena: mathematical description. Space and time discretization. Advection and diffusion. Flow field calculation. Commercial CFD codes.

2. Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) in Buildings. Air conditioning and distribution. Moist air. Thermal comfort. Heating and cooling loads. Ventilation. Refrigeration.

3. Thermal building simulation (BES): geometric construction of mono and multi zone models. Simulation parameters. Controls and operation of thermal systems and thermal loads.

4. Thermal Environment. Indoor Environmental Quality. Noise. Vibrations. Lighting. Measurement Equipment and its Requirements. Regulations and Existing Standards.

5. Industrial Ecology and Sustainability. Introduction to IE tools: Material/Substance Flow Analysis (MFA/SFA) and Life Cycle Analysis (LCA). LCA main Phases.

6. Renewable Energy Systems. Solar energy. Wind energy. Bioenergy. Hydroelectricity. Ocean and water energy. Geothermal energy. Energy storage systems.

Head Lecturer(s)

Manuel Carlos Gameiro da Silva

Assessment Methods

Report of a seminar or field trip: 50.0%
Synthesis work: 50.0%


Para cada tópico abordado na unidade curricular será fornecida aos alunos uma lista actualizada de referências bibliográficas relevantes e adequadas ao perfil do aluno.