Welcome to Object-oriented modeling and simulation of building energy systems with Modelica (2021)


Description: Due to climate change, more stringent building energy standards are enforced to reduce building primary energy use. This causes a shift towards the use of more advanced and complex heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in buildings, which often include renewable energy sources.

Building energy simulation programs are powerful tools that have been increasingly used by engineers and research for the design, analysis and optimization of HVAC systems in buildings. However, today’s programs have difficulties to handle the challenges posed by the complexity of future HVAC systems. 

This course aims to present latest developments in modeling and simulation of HVAC systems based on Modelica modeling language. Modelica is a promising open-source language that features ease of use, visual design of models with combination of Lego-like predefined blocks, ability to define model libraries with reusable components, and support for modeling and simulation of complex applications involving parts from different engineering domains.

The course is organized in three modules. In the first module, the course gives a basic introduction of Modelica fundamentals by introducing object-oriented and equation-based modeling. In the second module, the concepts previously learnt will be used for the demonstration of a simulation exercise related to a simple house with a radiator heating system. In the third module, a more advanced simulation exercise will be presented, which includes the modeling and simulation of an air-conditioning system for office buildings connected to renewable energy sources. 

Teaching format:

Teaching will be provided as a mix of lecture presentations, hands-on trainings, simulation exercises and discussions.


Organizer: Professor Alireza Afshari -  aaf@build.aau.dk

Lecturers: Dr. Alessandro Maccarini

ECTS:  3 

Time: October 2021

Place: Aalborg University – Copenhagen campus

Zip code: 

City: 
Copenhagen

Number of seats: 30

Deadline:


Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 3.000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.
Welcome to Hands-On Analysis of Microplastics (2021)


Description: Analyzing microplastics requires thorough knowledge on analytical techniques and approaches, but also a deep understanding of how things are done in practice in the field and the lab. This PhD course focuses on the hands-on part of the work.  

The course will start with a short introduction to selected sampling methods, after which we go sampling. The participants will collect a marine or freshwater sample by means of filtering devices or nets, and sample marine or freshwater sediments by grabs or corers. The samples are taken to the lab and analysis begins. As microplastics analysis takes many weeks per sample, we supplement the analysis of the sample you have collected with pre-prepared samples – a “cocking show” approach. After having prepared the samples, you will get hands-on on FTIR analysis of large and small particles (ATR-FTIR and µFTIR imaging, respectively).  

This course requires that you document the necessary theoretical background. For example, by having attained the PhD course “Analytical Methods for Microplastic Quantification in Complex Matrixes” also held at Aalborg University, attained one of the previous years courses on microplastics analysis at Aalborg University, or similar activities and backgrounds. 


Organizer: Claudia Lorenz, Alvise Vianello, Jes Vollertsen 

Lecturers: 

ECTS: 2

Time: October/November 2021

Place: Section of Marine and Environmental Engineering, BUILD, Aalborg University, Thomas Manns Vej 23, Aalborg Øst, 

Zip code: 
9220 Aalborg Ø

City: Aalborg

Number of seats: 15

Deadline:


Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 3.000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Generation and Analysis of Waves in Physical Models (2021)


Description: The course deals with advanced methods and techniques in generation and analysis of waves in physical models. The course will cover analysis of long and short-crested waves, generation of linear and nonlinear regular waves, generation of oblique waves and associated laboratory difficulties, generation of long-crested and short crested irregular waves, wave reflections and associated laboratory difficulties, active absorption in flumes and basins, wave groups, bounded long waves and wave generator choice and design.

The course will be lectures followed by laboratory exercises to get hands on experience with the different methods.

Key literature:

  1. Frigaard, P., Lykke Andersen, T., Jakobsen, M. M. (2015). Analysis of Waves. Technical Documentation for WaveLab 3. Aalborg University, Denmark.
  2. Lykke Andersen, T., Frigaard, P. (2015). Wave Generation in Physical Models. Technical Documentation for AwaSys 6. Aalborg University, Denmark.
  3. Brorsen, M. (2007). Non-linear Waves, Aalborg University, Denmark.


Organizer: Associate Professor, Thomas Lykke Andersen, tla@civil.aau.dk

Lecturers: Thomas Lykke Andersen (AAU), Peter Frigaard (AAU), Jesus Borrell (VTI, Spain)

ECTS: 5

Time: October 2021

Place: Aalborg University

Zip code: 
9220

City: Aalborg

Number of seats: 14

Deadline: 1 September 2021


Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 3.000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.
Welcome to Analytical Methods for Microplastic Quantification in Complex Matrixes (2021)

Description: This PhD course addresses the theory of sampling, sample preparation and state-of-the-art analytical techniques to analyze microplastics in environmental matrices.

The course will start with the principles of techniques for sampling of microplastics and with the principles of clean-up of such samples. We will discuss the steps needed in cleaning up samples for natural organic and inorganic matter, as well as getting samples ready for subsequent identification. We will cover approaches and issues for QA/QC of your analysis, here amongst field blanks, laboratory blanks, recovery studies, and what are appropriate sample sizes to obtain statistically robust data.

From here, the focus shifts towards some theory on suitable techniques for microplastics quantification. We will cover the most commonly applied techniques, namely ATR-FTIR and µFTIR imaging – the combination of light microscopy with spectral images generated by Focal Plane Array (FPA) or linear array-based instruments to a particle assembly. The second commonly used spectroscopic method, Raman, is also covered. We address Raman spectroscopy and its application for automated particle selection for faster mapping. The last family of covered techniques are Gas Chromatographic – mass spectrometry based techniques, where we focus on pyrolysis GC-MS as the most commonly used approach. The last step in microplastics research is the interpretation of the obtained data. We provide our solution for it in the software siMPle, which is used for automated µFTIR imaging and Raman imaging data interpretation. You will be taught how it works and will get first-hand experience during our practice session. 

All steps of the course require a high degree of expertise and training. This course is aimed to introduce participants to all steps and discuss issues, pros and cons of different approaches, and is in general very open and informally structured to promote discussions. This course requires the participants to read up on the theory before the course, and is evaluated by a subsequent test. All the lectures will be organized and given by experts in the field of microplastic research, and top analysts and product specialists from the most prominent companies involved in analytical instrumentation used in the field.


Organizer: Claudia Lorenz

Lecturers: Claudia Lorenz, Alvise Vianello, Jes Vollertsen

ECTS: 4.0

Time: September/October 2021

Place: Section of Marine and Environmental Engineering, BUILD, Aalborg University, Thomas Manns Vej 23, Aalborg Øst, Denmark. 

Zip code: 
9220 

City: Aalborg

Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 


Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 3.000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.