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Prof Professor Christopher Underwood


Department: Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Chris Underwood specialises in the development of technologies for heating, air-conditioning and embedded renewable energy systems in buildings.

EE Chris Underwood Staffprofile 255Chris specialises in the development of technologies for heating, air-conditioning and embedded renewable energy systems in buildings. After completing his BSc in Building Services Engineering, he went on to join the staff at Northumbria as a Research Assistant in 1981 and completed a PhD in 1986 on the modelling and control of absorption cycle heat pumps. He went on to become Senior Lecturer, Principal Lecturer, Reader and, in 2006, Chair of Energy Modelling for the Built Environment. He has contributed over 100 research articles, books and book chapters and chairs the Editorial Board of the Sage research journal Building Services Engineering Research & Technology. He holds the CIBSE's Napier-Shaw and Dufton medals for research contributions and has held numerous research and consultancy grants from UK government, EPSRC and UK businesses.

Campus Address

Wynne Jones

0191 227 3533



Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Improved control and integration of domestic heat pumps with phase change thermal storage
Investigation into multiple standing column wells for ground source heat pumps
Investigation into deep slinky loops for ground source heat pumps
Improved modelling of heating and cooling in room spaces
Efficient methods for the extraction of TRY and DRY weather files for building design and simulation

Sponsors and Collaborators

Thermacore Ltd., TWI Ltd., DesignBuilder Software Ltd., Manchester University, University of Bath, University of Sheffield, Edinburgh Napier University, Newcastle University, Community Energy Solutions

Current/Recent Projects

COPSE Project (EPSRC standard grant, 2008-2011, PI)
DBSim+ (PhD studentship award, DesignBuilder Software Ltd., 2009-2012, PI)
Advanced Heat Storage Competition (DECC, 2012-2013, CI)
TherMac (TSB/EPSRC, 2014-2015, PI)

Key Publications

Karmacharya, S., Putrus, G., Underwood, C.P., Mahkamov, K., McDonald, S. & Alexakis, A. (2014) Simulation of energy use in buildings with multiple micro generators.  Applied Thermal Engineering 62, pp. 581-92.

Underwood, C. P. (2013) Ground source heat pumps: Observations from UK ground thermal response tests.  Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, pp. 123-44.

Du, H., Underwood, C. P. & Edge, J.S. (2012) Generating Test Reference Years from the UKCP09 Projections and their application in building energy simulations. Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, 33(4), pp. 387-406.

My Northumbria Research Link page can be found here


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