Partner 5 - AUTH
Aristotle University THessaloniki
Expertise and experience of the organization
The Laboratory of Heat Transfer and Environmental Engineering
(LHTEE) belongs to the Energy Section of the Mechanical Engineering Department
of AUTH. It has a long record of research and consulting activities, both
at national and international level. Most of the research funds of the Laboratory
originate from competitive programmes of the European Commission. In the
last years, the total annual turnover of the Laboratory has been of the order
of 1 million €. The Laboratory has significant experience and expertise in
meteorological and air quality modelling and air quality assessment. The
Laboratory’s research work focuses on the simulation of transport and chemical
transformation of pollutants in the atmosphere with the use of advanced air
quality models, with main focus lately on the urban air quality assessment.
The Laboratory is also involved in Air Quality Management through the assessment
of various measures for reducing air pollution levels, and the analysis of
the impact of industrial activities and major public works on air quality.
The Laboratory also provides practical support to public authorities and
the private sector within this area of activities through the development
of integrated environmental assessment tools with the use of informatics
technologies. In the frame of its consulting services, LHTEE is also significantly
involved in the various activities of EEA's European Topic Centre on Air
and Climate Change.
Role and contribution
AUTH will co-ordinate WP4 and will play a significant
role in WP2 and WP7. In WP4, AUTH will lead the investigation and testing
of advanced physical and chemical parameterisations developed in WP2, and
will describe the dispersion, transformation and removal processes of the
pollutants across the mesoscale and urban scales. The coupled MEMO/MARS
modelling system will also be used to relate meteorological patterns to
urban air pollution episodes and to identify and quantify the contribution
of the main local emission sources to the urban air quality. In WP2, numerical
RANS and LES CFD simulations will be performed by AUTH for the systematic
study of small-scale features in the urban canopy and their effect on the
air flow, as well as for the description of the urban energy balance. In
WP7, simplified approaches for assessing megacities impact and climate impact
on megacities will be suggested, through defining a hierarchy of model complexities
that will be organised with respect to the necessary input data, based on
the implementation of the model systems for different megacities.
Principal personnel involved
Prof. Nicolas Moussiopoulos - Director
of LHTEE, and a Full Prof. at AUTH; also an Honorary Prof. at the School
of Mechanical Engineering (Universitaet Karlsruhe). His research focuses
among others on the development of atmospheric wind and dispersion/chemistry
models and their application at the local-to-regional scales. He co-ordinated
several large international research projects and is the author of more than
300 scientific publications (more than 80 in peer-reviewed journals). He
is currently actively involved in ACCENT, the European Network of Excellence
on Atmospheric Composition Change, and in EU-funded projects such as CAIR4HEALTH
and NEEDS. He is a member of the German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina
and in 2002 he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of
Mr. John Douros is a Res. Assoc. within LHTEE. He studied
Physics at AUTH and Environmental Technology at Imperial College of the University
of London where he completed his MSc course on fugitive dust dispersion
modelling. In 2001 he joined LHTEE where he is currently working on
mesoscale meteorological modelling and photochemical dispersion modelling.
He also participates in various EU-funded projects dealing with air pollution
modelling and assessment, such as CAIR4HEALTH and NEEDS.
Mr. Photios Barmpas graduated as an Aerospace Engineer in
1997 and received M.Sc in Applied Mathematics and Fluid Mechanics in 1999
from the University of Manchester. Since then he has held a research engineering
positioning LHTEE, in the field of CFD and Heat Transfer where he has registered
as a PhD student. He has worked on the optimisation of heat exchangers in
future commercial airliners aero-engines through CFD analysis as well as
on wind flow and dispersion of pollutants in built-up areas for various EU
projects. At the moment he is working on the investigation of wind flow and
the dispersion of pollutants in built up areas using wind tunnel modelling
Selected relevant publications
Arvanitis A., Moussiopoulos N. (2005): Estimating
long term urban exposure to particulate matter and ozone in Europe, Environ.
Model.g and Software, In Press
Moussiopoulos N. (1995): The MAC Zooming Model, a tool for local-to-regional
air quality studies, Meteorology and Atmos. Phys., 57, 115-133.
Moussiopoulos N., Douros I. (2003): Evaluation and sensitivity
tests of MEMO using the ESCOMPTE pre-campaign dataset, Int. J. of Environ.
and Pollution , 20, 55-63.
Moussiopoulos N., Douros I. (2005) Efficient calculation of urban
scale air pollutant dispersion and transformation using the OFIS model within
the framework of CityDelta, Int. J. of Environ. and Pollution, 24, 64-74.
Moussiopoulos N. Papagrigoriou S., Bartzis J.G., Nester K., Van
den Bergh H., Theodoridis G. (2000): Forecasting air quality in the greater
Athens area for the year 2004: An intercomparison of the results of four
different dispersion models, Int. J. of Environ. and Pollution, 14, 343-353.
Moussiopoulos N., Papalexiou S., Sahm P. (2005): Wind flow and
photochemical air pollution in Thessaloniki, Greece, Part I: Simulations
with the European Zooming Model, Environ. Sci. and Tech., In Press.
FP7 EC MEGAPOLI, 2008-2011