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Nicola Mingotti

Nicola Mingotti

Nicola Mingotti

Hughes Hall

Supervisor: Prof Alan Short


Passive environmental design for health

Nicola received his MEng degree in 2008 from the University of Bologna, Italy. In 2009 he moved to Cambridge as a MPhil student. He started his PhD course at the beginning of October 2010. He has a broad interest in any solutions aimed at reducing the energy consumption of buildings.

In Cambridge, he has been exploring the physics and environmental design of multi-layered facades. Using a combination of theoretical analysis and laboratory experimentation, he has studied the principles of the natural ventilation of double-skin facades. He has investigated the relative energy benefit provided by multi-layered facades compared to traditional single glazing in different climates and for buildings with different wall insulation.
He is currently investigating the transport of particulate contaminants through a space with displacement ventilation.

Key Publications

Mingotti N. and Woods A. W., On turbulent particle fountains, J. Fluid Mech. (2016), vol. 793, R1, doi:10.1017/jfm.2016.167

Mingotti N. and Woods A.W., On the transport of heavy particles through an upward displacement-ventilated space, J. Fluid Mech. 772 (2015) 478-507

Mingotti N. and Woods A.W., On the transport of heavy particles through a downward displacement-ventilated space, J. Fluid Mech. 774 (2015) 192-223

Mingotti N., Chenvidyakarn T. and Woods A.W. (2012)  Combined impacts of climate and wall insulation on the energy benedit of an extra layer of glazing in the facade. Energy and Buildings 58 (2013) 237–249

Mingotti N., Chenvidyakarn T. and Woods A.W. (2011) The fluid mechanics of the natural ventilation of a narrow-cavity double-skin facade. Building and Environment 46 (2011) 807-823 

Chenvidyakarn T., Mingotti N. and Woods A.W. (2011)  Preventing summertime overheating in a naturally ventilated narrow-cavity double-skin facade. Proceedings of Roomvent 2011 Conference, Trondheim, Norway