Message from Dr. Cruickshank:

My broad interests relate to the emerging technologies associated with sustainable and renewable energy systems. Developing efficient, cost-effective and reliable solutions for our energy requirements is a pressing issue brought to our attention by concerns of global warming and climate change.

I am interested in the computer simulation and modelling of energy systems and components, supported by comprehensive experimental evaluations. The characterization of thermal processes is crucial in determining technical and economic viability. In addition, these methods provide a mechanism for the design and optimization of components and systems.

Much of my previous work focused on the experimental evaluation and numerical modelling of solar thermal systems. Specifically, this work included the development, instrumentation and commissioning of a full scale experimental test apparatus that allowed various configurations of a modular thermal storage to be evaluated under laboratory conditions. Of particular interest was a multi-tank thermal storage that incorporated natural convection heat exchangers. This applied research project was conducted with industry and also involved extensive computer modelling. Funding for the project was provided by NSERC, the Canadian Solar Buildings Research Network and Natural Resources Canada.

My interests and skills are applicable to a range of energy systems e.g., sensible and latent heat storage, load management, and conventional and alternative energy systems. The application of the fundamental principles of heat transfer and thermodynamics in the modelling of complete energy systems has many current applications and is of great interest to both industry and government. Going forward, I hope to broaden the scope of my work to include investigations related to advanced buildings, including net-zero energy concepts for commercial and residential structures.

If you have any interest in the above fields, please do not hesitate to contact me as I’m accepting M.Sc. and Ph.D. candidates.