Dr Hassam Chaudhry

PhD in Building Physics

Assistant Professor
Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society
Hassam Chaudhry


Assistant Professor, Director of Studies in Architectural Engineering


Dr Hassam Chaudhry joined Heriot-Watt University, Dubai in 2014 as Assistant Professor in Building Services Engineering, and currently holds the role of Director of Studies for the Architectural Engineering discipline.

He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is active in undergraduate teaching and research, particularly in the areas of energy in buildings and the use of computational fluid dynamics and thermal modelling. He was awarded a PhD in 2013 from the University of Leeds following the completion of his research on developing a passive cooling mechanism to progress natural ventilation in buildings. Dr Chaudhry is a holder of a UK/International patent (PCT/GB2014/052263) titled 'Passive cooling system for wind tower', published by WIPO for the developed commercial technology in 2015.

Dr Chaudhry specialises in advancing wind-driven energy and heat transfer techniques for ventilation within built environment. His research experience includes working on dynamic and smart architecture along with designing and commissioning low-speed closed-loop wind tunnel facilities for teaching and research. He has worked as a Principal Investigator, representing Heriot-Watt University, Dubai in the collaborative project entitled 'Mapping the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect in Dubai and its impact on building energy performance', funded as part of the Global Challenges Research Workshop Call 2016 (RCUK). Dr Chaudhry was presented with the ‘Excellence in Engineering’ award in 2009 and 2010 sponsored by the Wood Group Production Facilities, Aberdeen, UK.

His research output to-date includes more than 30 peer-reviewed journals and conference publications including a book chapter. Dr Chaudhry serves as an editorial board member for the journal of Innovative Infrastructure Solutions (IIS) and is active on the review panel for a number of leading international journals including Applied Energy, Energy and Buildings and the International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer.


Renewable and sustainable engineering systems, heat transfer, natural ventilation, thermal comfort, passive cooling and building aerodynamics.


Peer-reviewed articles

Z.Shaikh, H.N.Chaudhry, Energy Modelling and Indoor Air Quality Analysis of Cooling Systems for Buildings in Hot Climates, Fluids 3 (2018), 77

A.Agha, H.N.Chaudhry, F.Wang, Diffuser Augmented Wind Turbine (DAWT) Technologies: A Review, International Journal of Renewable Energy Research, 8 (2018) 1369-1385

H.N.Chaudhry, J.K.Calautit, B.R.Hughes, Optimisation and analysis of a heat pipe assisted low-energy passive cooling system, Energy & Buildings, 143 (2017) 220-233

S.F.Fatima, H.N.Chaudhry, Steady-state CFD modelling and experimental analysis of the local microclimate in Dubai (UAE), Sustainable Buildings, 2, 5 (2017)

H.N.Chaudhry, Achieving sustainable buildings: the role of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, Sustainable Buildings, 1 (2016) 1-3

S.A.Ameer, H.N.Chaudhry, A.Agha, Influence of roof topology on the air distribution and ventilation effectiveness of wind towers, Energy & Buildings, 130 (2016) 733-746

H.N.Chaudhry, J.K.Calautit, B.R.Hughes, Design and aerodynamic investigation of dynamic architecture, Innovative Infrastructure Solutions 1 (2016) 1-11

H.N.Chaudhry, A study on optimising heat pipe geometrical parameters for sustainable passive cooling within the built environment, Applied Thermal Engineering, 93 (2016) 486-499

H.N.Chaudhry, J.K.Calautit, B.R.Hughes, L.F.Sim, CFD and experimental study on the effect of progressive heating on fluid flow inside a thermal wind tunnel, Computation 3 (2015) 509-527

J.K.Calautit, H.N.Chaudhry, B.R.Hughes, L.F.Sim, Wind tunnel data of the analysis of heat pipe and wind catcher technology for the built environment, Data In Brief, 5 (2015) 424-428

H.N.Chaudhry, J.K.Calautit, B.R.Hughes, Computational analysis of a wind tower assisted passive cooling technology for the built environment, Journal of Building Engineering 1 (2015) 63-71

H.N.Chaudhry, J.K.Calautit, B.R.Hughes, Computational analysis to factor wind into the design of an architectural environment, Modelling and Simulation in Engineering (2015), Article ID 234601

H.N.Chaudhry, J.K.Calautit, B.R.Hughes, Numerical analysis of the integration of wind turbines into the design of the built environment, American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences 7 (2014) 353-363

H.N.Chaudhry, B.R.Hughes, Climate responsive behaviour of heat pipe technology for enhanced passive airside cooling. Applied Energy, 136 (2014) 32-42

H.N.Chaudhry, B.R.Hughes, Passive pre-cooling potential for reducing building air-conditioning loads in hot climates. HVAC&R Research 20 (2014) 738-750

H.N.Chaudhry, B.R.Hughes, Analysis of the thermal cooling capacity of heat pipes under a low Reynolds number flow, Applied Thermal Engineering, 71 (2014) 559-572

H.N.Chaudhry, J.K.Calautit, B.R.Hughes, The influence of structural morphology on the efficiency of Building Integrated Wind Turbines (BIWT), AIMS Energy 2 (2014) 219-236

J.K.Calautit, H.N.Chaudhry, B.R.Hughes, L.F.Sim, A validated design methodology for a closed-loop subsonic wind tunnel, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 124 (2014) 180-194

B.R.Hughes, H.N.Chaudhry, J.K.Calautit, Passive energy recovery from natural ventilation air streams, Applied Energy, 113 (2014) 127-140

H.N.Chaudhry, The effect of heat pipe internal fluid properties on enhancing heat transfer under forced convection flows, Heat Pipe Science and Technology, An International Journal, 4 (2013) 277-305

L.F.Sim, B.R.Hughes, H.N.Chaudhry, J.K.Calautit, S.A.Ghani, The effect of heat pipe transverse spacing under forced convection-to-natural convection flow conditions, Heat Pipe Science and Technology, An International Journal 4 (2013) 197-216

J.K.Calautit, B.R.Hughes, H.N.Chaudhry, S.A.Ghani, CFD analysis of a heat transfer device integrated wind tower system for hot and dry climate, Applied Energy, 112 (2013) 576-591

J.K.Calautit, H.N.Chaudhry, B.R.Hughes, S.A.Ghani, Comparison between evaporative cooling and a heat pipe assisted thermal loop for a commercial wind tower in hot and dry climatic conditions, Applied Energy, 101 (2013) 740-755

B.R.Hughes, F. Rezazadeh, H.N.Chaudhry, Economic viability of incorporating multi-effect distillation with district cooling systems in the United Arab Emirates, Sustainable Cities and Society, 7 (2013) 37-43

H.N.Chaudhry, B.R.Hughes, S.A.Ghani, A review of heat pipe systems for heat recovery and renewable energy applications, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 16 (2012) 2249-2259

B.S.Aranjo, B.R.Hughes, H.N.Chaudhry, Performance Investigation of Ground Cooling for the Airbus A380 in the United Arab Emirates, Applied Thermal Engineering, 36 (2012) 87-95

B.R.Hughes, H.N.Chaudhry, S.A.Ghani, A review of sustainable cooling technologies in buildings, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 15 (2011) 3112-3120

H.N.Chaudhry, B.R.Hughes, Computational analysis of dynamic architecture, IMechE - Journal of Power and Energy IMechE, Part A: Volume 225, Number 1 / 2010


Passive cooling system for wind tower UK Intellectual Property Office (RO/GB) Pub. No.: WO/2015/087035 Pub. Date: 18.06.2015 Inventors: Ben Hughes, John Calautit, Hassam Chaudhry


E.V.Topriska, H.N.Chaudhry, M.Nazarinia, Temperature analysis and the effect of urban development on the outdoor thermal comfort and intensification of the Urban Heat Island phenomenon in the United Arab Emirates, Proceedings of the 10th Windsor Conference: Rethinking Comfort, April 12-15, Windsor, U.K., 2018

A.Agha, H.N.Chaudhry, State-of-the-art in development of diffuser augmented wind turbines (DAWT) for sustainable buildings, International Conference on Advances in Sustainable Construction Materials & Civil Engineering Systems (ASCMCES-17), April 18-20, Sharjah, U.A.E., 2017

H.N.Chaudhry, A novel low-energy ventilative cooling system for sustainable built environment, International Conference on Energy, Water and Environmental Sciences 2015, Ras Al Khaimah, U.A.E., 2015

H.N.Chaudhry, Traditional low-energy ventilative cooling systems for modern architecture, The 1st International Conference of the CIB Middle East & North Africa Research Network, CIB-MENA, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., 2014

H.N.Chaudhry, B.R.Hughes, S.A.Ghani, Passive pre-cooling potential for reducing building air-conditioning loads in hot climates, 1st International Conference on Energy and Indoor Environment for Hot Climates, Doha, Qatar, 2014

H.N.Chaudhry, B.R.Hughes, S.A.Ghani, Computational modelling of heat transfer rates using heat pipe integrated channel section, 4th International Conference on Applied Energy, Suzhou, China, 2012

H.N.Chaudhry, B.R.Hughes, S.A.Ghani, Computational investigation on the multiphase flow capabilities of using water and ethanol as heat pipe working fluid, 7th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment System, Ohrid, Macedonia, 2012

B.R.Hughes, J.K.Calautit, H.N.Chaudhry, Advancement of Natural Ventilation Technologies for Sustainable Development, Earth Systems Engineering: A technical symposium on systems engineering for sustainable adaption to global change, Newcastle, U.K., 2012

B.R.Hughes, H.N.Chaudhry, Power generation potential of dynamic architecture, International Conference on Fluid Dynamics and Thermodynamics, WASET, January 25-27, Dubai, U.A.E., 2011


J.K.Calautit, F. Rodrigues, H.N.Chaudhry, H. Altan, Towards Sustainable Cities in Asia and the Middle East, Proceedings of the 1st GeoMEast International Congress and Exhibition, Egypt 2017 on Sustainable Civil Infrastructures, ISBN 978-3-319-61645-2, 1st ed. 2018

J.K.Calautit, B.R.Hughes, H.N.Chaudhry, S.A.Ghani, CFD Investigation of the Ventilation and Thermal Performance of a Wind Tower Design Integrated with Heat Transfer Devices, Computational Fluid Dynamics Applications in Green Design, ISBN-13: 978-1-49487-575-6