Dr Paul Cropper

Job: Senior Research Fellow

Faculty: Technology

School/department: School of Engineering and Sustainable Development

Research group(s): Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD)

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH, United Kingdom

T: +44 (0)116 257 7967

E: pcc@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/research/centres-institutes/iesd/index.aspx


Personal profile

Dr Paul Cropper specialises in the application of computer modelling of buildings, including Dynamic Thermal Simulation (DTS) coupled with Nodal Airflow modelling, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Daylight modelling.  He has conducted research into low energy building design and coupling CFD with a thermal comfort model.  Paul carries out DTS and CFD modelling as part of the university’s consultancy services.

Research group affiliations

Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development

Publications and outputs 

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Research interests/expertise

Building Simulation, Natural Ventilation, Human Thermal Comfort 

Areas of teaching

Low energy building design and building simulation.


PhD, Time-varying illuminance prediction, De Montfort University, 1994 - 2001

BSc (Hons) Information Technology, De Montfort University, 1990 - 1993

City & Guilds Electrical Technicians Parts 2&3, Leicester Polytechnic, 1975 - 1978

City & Guilds Electrical Technicians Part 1, Charles Keene College of FE, 1973 - 1975

Courses taught

MSc Energy and Sustainable Building Design - programme leader

Ventilation and Daylight Modelling - module leader.

Design Project - module leader

Membership of professional associations and societies

Member of Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET),
Associate member 1991-2002, Full Member 2002- Present

Conference attendance

IBPSA England Summer Seminar, CFD modelling of the built environment, UCL, (2012).

Cropper PC, Yang T, Cook MJ, Fiala D and Yousaf R, Simulating the effect of complex indoor environmental conditions on human thermal comfort, 11th IBPSA Conf, Glasgow, Scotland, (2009).

Cropper PC, Yang T, Cook MJ, Fiala D and Yousaf R, Exchange of simulation data between CFD program and a multi-segmented human thermal comfort model, 5th Windsor Conf: Air-Conditioning & The Low Carbon Cooling Challenge, (2008).

Consultancy work

Building simulation - Dynamic Thermal Simulation and Computational Fluid Dynamics.

Internally funded research project information

Modelling the Human Occupancy Factor in the Design of Naturally Ventilated Buildings, source of funding IESD, formally EPSRC grant ref. EP/C517520/1, collaborators Loughborough University.

Professional esteem indicators

Peer reviewer for the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) conference, Glasgow 2009, Sydney 2011 and Chambery 2013.

Peer reviewer for Journal of Building Performance Simulation.

Peer reviewer for Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.


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