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Donal Patrick Finn

Associate Professor

School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering
310
Engineering and Materials Science Research Centre
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin D4
Ireland

Tel: +353 1 716 1947
Email: donal.finn@ucd.ie

Biography

Donal Finn obtained his BE degree in Mechanical Engineering from University College Galway (UCG) (now NUIG) in 1985. Between 1985 and 1987, he carried out research on wind convectors (heat pump outdoor heat exchangers) at UCG, which was supported by IVT AB, Sweden, Erinova Industries Ltd, Dublin and the Irish National Board of Science and Technology. In 1987, he was awarded a MEngSc degree by the National University of Ireland (NUI) for this work. In 1988, this research received a best paper award at the annual meeting of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME - Solar Energy Division), held in Boulder, Colorado, USA. Between 1987 and 1989, he continued to work on wind convector and wind evaporator systems with Erinova Industries. In 1989, he joined Hitachi Europe Ltd at the Hitachi Dublin Laboratory (HDL), located at the University of Dublin (Trinity College). While at HDL, he worked initially as a research engineer and later as a research group leader in computer aided engineering. He was awarded a PhD degree in 1996 by the University of Dublin. In 1995, Donal Finn was appointed to a lectureship in Mechanical Engineering at UCD. In 1999, Dr. Finn received a Teaching Fellowship award from the Royal Academy of Engineering, London, which was financially supported by Exxon-Mobil.  In 2004, Dr. Finn was awarded a Research Fellowship by UCD, which allowed him to spend a sabbatical year at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign (UIUC), IL, USA, where he collaborated with the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Research Center (ACRC). In 2008, he received a Teaching and Learning award from UCD. Since 2008, he has been a Senior Lecturer at UCD.  
His current research interests lie in the analysis and optimisation of energy conversion systems used in heat pump/refrigeration systems and building energy applications. His specific research focuses on component and system analysis of transport refrigeration and heat pump systems, as well as the optimisation of evaporative cooling and natural/night ventilation in building energy applications.  
Dr. Finn has acted as an expert advisor/assessor to Enterprise Ireland, the European Commission - FP5, FP6 and FP7 and Marie Curie programmes and other European Research programmes, as well a reviewer for several journals and international conferences. He has been member of the editorial panel of the journal AI-EDAM (Artificial Intelligence in Engineering Design, Analysis and Design) since 1996.

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2008.
Title: UCD EMPS College - Teaching and Learning Award
Year: 2007.
Title: UCD - Seed Funding Award
Year: 2006.
Title: REMIC Conference - Best Paper Award 2006
Year: 2004.
Title: UCD - President's Research Award
Year: 2003.
Title: UCD - President's Research Fellowship
Year: 2001.
Title: Exxon Mobil - Teaching Equipment Award
Year: 1997.
Title: Royal Academy of Engineering - Teaching Fellowship
Year: 1988.
Title: ASME Solar Energy Division - Best Paper Award 1987-1988
Year: 1981.
Title: UCG - University Entrance Scholarship Award

Associations

Association: Engineers Ireland, Function/Role: Member
Association: American Society for Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Function/Role: Member
Association: Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, Function/Role: Member

Patents

Patent US Patent 5,408 : A METHOD OF AUTOMATICALLY GENERATING PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS FOR SIMULATION
   

Conference Contributions

Beagon, Paul, Warren, Joe, Finn, Donal, O'Donnell, James T. (2016) Next generation building performance metrics to enable energy systems integration. [Oral Presentation], 12th REHVA World Congress, , Aalborg, Denmark , 23-MAY-16 - 25-MAY-16.
 

Employment

Employer: University College Dublin
Position: Lecturer
Employer: University College Dublin
Position: Assistant Lecturer
Employer: Trinity College, Dublin
Position: Project Engineering Manager
Employer: Hitachi Europe Ltd (Hitchi Dublin Laboratory)
Position: Research Engineer
Employer: Erinova Industries Ltd
Position: Mechanical Engineer

Education

Year 1996 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 1987 Institution: NUI Galway, IRL
Qualification: MEngSc Subject:
Year 1985 Institution: NUI Galway, IRL
Qualification: BE Subject:
         

Publications

 

Book Chapters

Cunningham, P, Finn, D.P., Slattery, S.; (1994) 'Knowledge engineering requirements in derivational analogy' In: S. Wess (eds). Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence - Topics in Case-Based Reasoning. Berlin: Springer Verlag. , pp.234-245 [Details]
Hurley, N., Finn, D., and N. Sagawa ; (1992) 'Knowledge-Based Modelling Environment for Numerical Simulation' In: Houstis, E.N. and Rice, J.R (eds). Artificial Intelligence, Expert Systems and Symbolic Computing. London: Elsevier. , pp.114-122 [Details]
McGann, C., Grimson, J.B, Finn, D.P; (1992) 'Modelling Physical Systems' In: McGann, C., Grimson, J.B, Finn, D.P; (eds). Artificial Intelligence, Expert Systems and Symbolic Computing. London: Elsevier. , pp.1-12 [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

C Andrade-Cabrera, D Burke, WJN Turner, DP Finn (2017) 'Ensemble Calibration of Lumped Parameter Retrofit Building Models using Particle Swarm Optimization'. Energy and Buildings, . [DOI] [Details]
Jones, A.T and Finn, D.P. (2017) 'Co-simulation of a HVAC system-integrated phase change material thermal storage unit'. Journal of Building Performance Simulation, . [DOI] [Details]
S Goy, A Ashouri, F Maréchal, D.P. Finn (2017) 'Estimating the potential for thermal load management in buildings at a large scale: overcoming challenges towards a replicable methodology'. Energy Procedia, 111 :740-749. [DOI] [Details]
G Buttitta, W.J.N. Turner, D.P. Finn (2017) 'Clustering of household occupancy profiles for archetype building models'. Energy Procedia, 111 :161-170. [DOI] [Details]
Kapetanakis, D.S., Mangina, E. and Finn, D.P. (2017) 'Input Variable Selection for Thermal Load Predictive Models of Commercial Buildings'. Energy and Buildings, 137 :13-26. [DOI] [Details]
Pallonetto, F; Oxizidis, S; Milano, F; Finn, D (2016) 'The Effect of Time-of-use Tariffs on the Demand Response Flexibility of an All-electric Smart-grid-ready Dwelling'. Energy and Buildings, 128 :56-67. [DOI] [Details]
Kapetenakis, D.S., Mangina, E. and Finn, D.P. (2016) 'Input Variable Selection for Thermal Load Predictive Models of Commercial Buildings'. Energy and Buildings, . [DOI] [Details]
Jones, A.T. and Finn D.P. (2016) 'Co-simulation of a HVAC system-integrated phase change material thermal storage unit'. Journal of Building Performance Simulation, 9 . [DOI] [Details]
Neu, O., Oxizidis, S., Flynn, D. and Finn, D. (2016) 'Utilising Time of Use Surveys to Predict Domestic Hot Water Consumption and Heat Demand Profiles of Residential Building Stocks'. British Journal of Environment and Climate Change, 6 (2):77-89. [DOI] [Details]
D Christantoni, S Oxizidis, D Flynn, DP Finn (2016) 'Implementation of demand response strategies in a multi-purpose commercial building using a whole-building simulation model approach'. Energy and Buildings, 131 :76-86. [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Edwards, K.C. and Finn, D.P. (2015) 'Generalised water flow rate control strategy for optimal part load operation of ground source heat pump systems'. Applied Energy, 150 :50-60. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
DS Kapetanakis, E Mangina, EH Ridouane, K Kouramas, D Finn (2015) 'Selection of Input Variables for a Thermal Load Prediction Model'. Energy Procedia, 76 :3001-3006. [DOI] [Details]
Goy, S. Finn, D.P. (2015) 'Estimating Demand Response Potential in Building Clusters'. Energy Procedia, 78 :3391-3396. [DOI] [Details]
Giovanni Tardioli, Ruth Kerrigan, Mike Oates, O¿Donnell James, Donal Finn (2015) 'Data Driven Approaches for Prediction of Building Energy Consumption at Urban Level'. Energy Procedia, :3378-3383. [DOI] [Details]
Despoina Christantoni, Damian Flynn, Donal P Finn (2015) 'Modelling of a Multi-purpose Commercial Building for Demand Response Analysis'. Energy Procedia, 78 :2166-2171. [DOI] [Details]
Nasrabadi, M, Finn, D.P. (2014) 'Performance Analysis of a Low Approach Low Temperature Direct Cooling Tower for a High Temperature Building Cooling System'. Energy and Buildings, 84 :674-689. [Details]
Nasrabadi, M, Finn, D.P. (2014) 'Mathematical modeling of a low temperature low approach direct cooling tower for the provision of high temperature chilled water for conditioning of building spaces'. Applied Thermal Engineering, 64 (1-2):273-282. [Details]
Dormer, A., Finn, D.P., Ward, P. and Cullen J. (2013) 'Carbon Footprint Analysis in Plastics Manufacturing'. Journal of Cleaner Production, 51 :133-141. [DOI] [Details]
J.M. Corberan, D.P. Finn, C.M. Montagud, F.T. Murphy, K.C. Edwards; (2011) 'A quasi-steady state mathematical model of an integrated ground source heat pump for building space control'. Energy and Buildings, 43 (1):82-92. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Costelloe, B,Finn, DP; (2009) 'Heat transfer correlations for low approach evaporative cooling systems in buildings'. Applied Thermal Engineering, 29 :105-115. [DOI] [Details]
Costelloe, B and Finn D.P.; (2009) 'Heat Transfer Correlations for low approach evaporative cooling systems in buildings'. Applied Thermal Engineering, 29 (1):105-115. [DOI] [Details]
Horan, JM,Finn, DP; (2008) 'Sensitivity of air change rates in a naturally ventilated atrium space subject to variations in external wind speed and direction'. Energy and Buildings, 40 :1577-1585. [DOI] [Details]
Clarke, R and Finn, D.P.; (2008) 'The influence of secondary refrigerant air chiller U-bends on fluid temperature profile and downstream heat transfer for laminar flow conditions'. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 51 (3-4):724-735. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Finn, DP,Connolly, D,Kenny, P; (2007) 'Sensitivity analysis of a maritime located night ventilated library building'. Energy, 81 :697-710. [DOI] [Details]
Finn D.P., Connolly D and Kenny P; (2007) 'Sensitivity studies on a maritime building subject to night cooling'. Solar Energy, 81 (6):697-710. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Costelloe, B and Finn , D.P; (2007) 'Thermal effectiveness characteristics of low approach indirect evaporative cooling systems in buildings'. ENERGY AND BUILDINGS, 39 :1235-1243. [DOI] [Details]
Horan, J & Finn, D.P.; (2005) 'CFD reliability issues in the prediction of airflows in a naturally ventilated building'. International Journal of Ventilation, 4 (3):255-268. [Details]
Costelloe, B,Finn, D; (2003) 'Indirect evaporative cooling potential in air-water systems in temperate climates'. Energy and Buildings, 35 :573-591. [DOI] [Details]
Costelloe, B and Finn, D.P. ; (2003) 'Experimental energy performance of open cooling towers used under low and variable approach conditions for indirect evaporative cooling in buildings'. BUILDING SERVICES ENGINEERING RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY, 24 (3):136-177. Available Online [Details]
Finn, DP,Cunningham, P; (1998) 'Solution reuse for model generation in numerical simulation'. Journal of Artificial Intelligence, 12 :297-314. [Details]
Finn, D.P., Cunningham, P.; (1998) 'Solution Reuse for Model Generation in Numerical Simulation'. JOURNAL OF APPLIED ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN ENGINEERI, 12 (3):297-314. [Details]
Cunningham, P, Finn, D.P., Slattery, J; (1994) 'Knowledge Engineering Requirements in Derivational Analogy'. Topics in Case-Based Reasoning, :234-245. [Details]
Finn, D.P.; (1993) 'Preliminary Stages of Engineering Analysis and Modelling'. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN ENGINEERING DESIGN MANUFACTU, 7 (4):231-237. [Details]
Finn, D.P.; (1993) 'A Physical Modelling Assistant for the Preliminary Stages of Finite Element Analysis'. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN ENGINEERING DESIGN MANUFACTU, 7 (4). [Details]
Finn, D.P., Hurley, N; (1992) 'AI-DEQSOL A Knowledge based Environment for Numerical Simulation of Engineering Problems described by Partial Differential Equations'. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN ENGINEERING DESIGN MANUFACTU, . [Details]
Monaghan, P.F, Redfern, M., Oosthuizen, P., Grealish, F, Finn, D.P.; (1991) 'An automatic non-contact measurement technique for investigation of the effect of frosting on wind convector heat transfer performance'. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL HEAT TRANSFER< TH, 4 (4):399-405. [Details]
Monaghan, P.F, Finn, D.P., O' Reilly, J; (1990) 'Wind evaporator heat pumps - Part 1: Test Methods'. ASME JOURNAL OF ENERGY RESOURCES TECHNOLOGY, 114 (4):281-285. [Details]
Monaghan, P.F, Finn, D.P., Oosthuizen, P.; (1990) 'Development of an outdoor test facility for wind convectors'. ASME JOURNAL OF SOLAR ENERGY ENGINEERING, 112 (4):287-292. [Details]
Finn, D.P., Monaghan, P.F, Oosthuizen, P.; (1990) 'Heat transfer to unfrosted wind convectors - mathematical modelling and experimental validation'. ASME JOURNAL OF SOLAR ENERGY ENGINEERING, 112 (4):280-286. [Details]
Monaghan, P.F. Finn, D.P.; (1990) 'Economic feasibility of wind convectors as heat pump evaporators'. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENERGY RESEARCH, 12 (4):407-412. [Details]

Other Journals

Finn, D.P., Timoney, D., Kelehan, R. and Brophy, B; (2006) 'Indirect Multi-Temperature Refrigeration Systems' Revue Generale du Froid 1069 :38-45. [Details]

Conference Publications

Kapetanakis, D.S., Neu, O. and Finn, D.P. (2017) Prediction of Residential Building Demand Response Potential Using Data-Driven Techniques IBPSA (15th Conference of International Building Performance Simulation Association) San Francisco, CA, USA, [Details]
Buttitta, G., Neu, O., Turner, W., and Finn, D.P. (2017) Modelling Household Occupancy Patterns using Data Mining Clustering Techniques on Time Use Data IBPSA (15th Conference of International Building Performance Simulation Association) San Francisco,, CA, USA, [Details]
Tardioli, G., Kerrigan, R., J. O'Donnell, M. Oates and Finn, D.P. (2017) A Data-Driven Modelling Approach for Large Scale Demand Profiling of Residential Buildings IBPSA (15th Conference of International Building Performance Simulation Association) San Francisco, CA, USA, [Details]
Goy, S., Marechal, F and Finn, D.P. (2017) QUANTIFICATION OF THE POTENTIAL FOR ADVANCED THERMAL CONTROL STRATEGY OVER A RANGE OF BUILDINGS CHARACTERISTICS . In: LB-17-C050 eds. ASHRAE (Amer. Soc. Heating, Refrigerating & Air-conditioning Engineers) Annual Conference 2017 Long Beach, CA, USA, [Details]
Kapetanakis, D.S., Christantoni, D., Mangina, E. and Finn, D.P. (2017) Evaluation of Machine Learning Algorithms for Demand Response Potential Forecasting IBPSA Int. Buildings Performance Simulation Association San Francisco, CA, USA, [Details]
Buttitta, G., Turner, W., Neu, O. and Finn, D.P. (2017) Modelling residential building stock heating load demand - Integration of occupancy models . In: D-LB-17-C020 eds. ASHRAE (Amer. Soc. Heating, Refrigerating & Air-conditioning Engineers) 2017 Annual Meeting Long Beach, CA, USA, [Details]
Beagon, Paul, Warren, Joe, Finn, Donal, O'Donnell, James T. (2016) Next generation building performance metrics to enable energy systems integration 12th REHVA World Congress , 22-MAY-16 - 25-MAY-16 [Details]
Kapetanakis D.S., Mangina E., Ridouane E.H., Kouramas K., Finn D.P (2016) Forecasting Commercial Building Heating Loads: A Comparison Using Real and Synthetic Datasets CLIMA 2016 Available Online [Details]
Andrade-Cabrera, C., Turner, W. J. N., Burke, D., Neu, O., and Finn, D. P. (2016) Lumped Parameter Building Model Calibration using Particle Swarm Optimization Proceedings of the 3rd Asia Conference of International Building Performance Simulation Association (ASIM 2016), Jeju, South Korea [Details]
Goy S., Finn D.P. (2015) Estimating Demand Response Potential in Building Clusters 6th International Conference on Building Physics for a Sustainable Built Environment [Details]
Tardioli G., Kerrigan R., Oates M., O`Donnell J., Finn D. (2015) Data driven approaches for prediction of building energy consumption at urban level 6th International Conference on Building Physics for a Sustainable Built Environment, Torino, Italy [Details]
Kapetanakis D.S., Mangina E., Ridouane E.H., Kouramas K., Finn D. (2015) Comparison of Predictive Models for Forecasting Building Heating Loads 14th International Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association [Details]
Kapetanakis D.S., Mangina E., Finn D.P. (2015) Methodology for Commercial Buildings Thermal Loads Predictive Models Based on Simulation Performance 8th EAI International Conference on Simulation Tools and Techniques [Details]
Tardioli G., Kerrigan R., Oates M., O`Donnell J., Finn D.P. (2015) Data driven approaches for prediction of building energy consumption at urban level 6th International Conference on Building Physics for a Sustainable Built Environment [Details]
Kapetanakis D.S., Mangina E., Ridouane E.H., Kouramas K., Finn D. (2015) Selection of Input Variables for Thermal Load 6th International Conference on Building Physics for a Sustainable Built Environment [Details]
Pallonetto, F., Oxizidis, F. and Finn . D.P. (2014) Exploring the flexibility potential of a smartgrid ready house using building simulation software Int. Building Performance Simulation Association ¿ Canada (IBPSA-Canada) eSim conference Ottawa, Canada, [Details]
Kapetanakis D.S., Mangina E., Finn D. (2014) Research on techniques for Building Energy Model 6th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence -Doctoral Consortium [Details]
McKenna, P and Finn, D.P. (2014) Optimisation of Phase Change Material Thermal Energy Storage with a Ground Source Heat Pump Building Performance Simulation Association ¿ UK BSO14 Conference 2014 London, UK, [Details]
Neu, O., Evon V., Oxizidis, S., Flynn, D., and Finn, D.P. (2014) Natural ventilation in residential building archetypes: a stochastic approach based on occupant behaviour and thermal comfort Int. Building Performance Simulation Association ¿ Canada (IBPSA-Canada) eSim conference 2014 Ottawa, Canada, [Details]
Neu, O., Sherlock, B. Oxizidis, S., Flynn, D. and Finn, D.P (2014) Developing building archetypes for electrical load shifting assessment: Analysis of Irish residential stock Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) & American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Technical Symposium Dublin, Ireland, Link to full text [Details]
Neu, O. Oxizidis, S. Flynn, D. and Finn, D.P. (2014) Utilising time of use surveys to predict water demand profiles of residential building stocks: Irish case study for domestic hot water Water Efficiency in Buildings Network UK WatefCon Conference Brighton, UK, Link to full text [Details]
Jones, A and Finn, D.P (2014) PCM Thermal Storage System Analysis Using EnergyPlus and BCVTB Int. Building Performance Simulation Association ¿ Canada, eSim conference Ottawa, Canada, [Details]
McKenna, P and Finn, D.P (2013) A TRNSYS Model of a Building HVAC System with GSHP and PCM TES 13th Int. Building Performance Simulation Chambery, France, [Details]
Pallonetto F , Neu O., Oxizidis, S., Duignan., R., and Finn, D.P (2013) Demand response optimization of all-electric residential buildings in a dynamic grid environment: Irish case study 13th Int. Building Performance Simulation Chambery, France, [Details]
Neu, O., Oxizidis, S., Flynn, D., Pallonetto F. and Finn, D.P. (2013) High Resolution Space - Time Data: Methodology for Residential Building Simulation Building Simulation Chambéry, France, Link to full text [Details]
Jones, A and Finn, D.P (2013) Ground Source Heat Pump Modelling with Thermal Storage ¿ Simulation and integrations Issues in EnergyPlus 13th Int. Building Performance Simulation, Chambéry Chambéry, France, [Details]
Nasrabadi, M, Finn, D.P., Costelloe, B. (2012) Mathematical Modelling of a Low Approach Evaporative Cooling Process for Space Cooling in Buildings 10th Gustav Lorentzen Conference [Details]
Edwards, K.C. and Finn, D.P. (2012) Air and Water Flowrate Optimisation for a Fan Coil unit in Heat Pump Applications 2nd High Performance Building Conference, Purdue University, USA [Details]
Finn, D.P., Cabello-Portoles, A, Smyth, S, Brophy B (2012) Evaluation of Defrost Options for Secondary Coolants In Multi-Temperature Indirect Transport Refrigeration: Mathematical Modelling & Sensitivity Analysis 14th Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Conf., Purdue University, IN, USA [Details]
Nasrabadi, M, Finn, D.P., Costelloe, B (2012) Sensitivity Studies of a Low Temperature Low Approach Direct Cooling Tower for Building Radiant Cooling Systems 2nd High Performance Building Conf., Purdue University, IN, USA [Details]
Edwards, K.C., Jones, A.T. and Finn, D.P.; (2011) Evaluation of a ground source heat pump system with varying loads and return water temperatures using different system performance factors 23rd IIR Int. Cong. on Refrigeration Prague, [Details]
Dormer, A.S. and Finn, D.P., ; (2011) Carbon footprint analysis of a polymer manufacturing process 28th Int. Manufacturing Conf Dublin, [Details]
Edwards, K.C., Finn, D.P., Corberan, J.C. and Montagud, C. ; (2011) Evaluation of a building integrated ground source heat pump using system performance factors 10th IEA Heat Pump Conference Tokyo, [Details]
Smyth, S, Finn D.P. and Brophy B. ; (2010) Performance Evaluation of an Economised Indirect Multi-temperature Transport Refrigeration System 13th International Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Conference Purdue University, IN, USA, [Details]
Smyth, S, Finn D.P. and Brophy B. ; (2010) Influence of Massflow Injection Ration on an Economised Indirect Multi-temperature Transport Refrigeration System IIR 1st Conf. on Sustainability and the Cold Chain Cambridge, Available Online [Details]
Smyth, S, Finn D.P. and Brophy B. ; (2010) A Real Time Control Strategy for Optimisation of an Economised Indirect Multi-Temperature Transport Refrigeration System 13th International Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Conference Purdue University, IN, USA, [Details]
Smyth, S, Finn D.P. and Brophy B. Refrigeration Systems for Transport Applications ; (2010) Evaluation of Secondary Coolants in Multi-temperature indirect Refrigeration Systems for Transport Applications IIR 1st Conf. on Sustainability and the Cold Chain Cambridge, Available Online [Details]
Clarke, R, and Finn. D.P. ; (2008) Numerical investigation of the influence of heat exchanger U-bends on temperature profile and heat transfer of secondary working fluids 5th European Thermal-Sciences Conference, Eindhoven, Netherlands, (2008 Eindhoven, The Netherlands, [Details]
Finn, D.P, Murphy, F.T., and Shannon, S; (2008) Control Algorithms for System Integration of Heat Pumps: Steady State and Seasonal Analysis 9th IEA Heat Pump Conference Zurich, Switzerland, [Details]
Finn. D.P., Cabello-Portoles, A and Smyth S; (2008) Evaluation Of Defrost Options For Secondary Coolants In Multi-Temperature Indirect Transport Refrigeration IIR 8th Gustav Lorentzen Conference on Natural Working Fluids Copenhagen, [Details]
Burke, K, Kenny, P., Finn, D.P. ; (2007) Analysis of the EPBD Energy Performance Grading of Buildings 2nd PALENC Conference Greece, [Details]
Gaffney, B, Brophy, B., Finn, D.P., Timoney, D.J; (2007) Mathematical Modeling of Multi-Temperature Indirect Refrigeration Systems Institute of Refrigeration, 22nd World Congress Beijing, China, [Details]
Smyth, S, Brophy, B., Finn, D.P., Timoney, D.J ; (2007) Performance Evaluation of Secondary Loop Systems for Multi-Temperature Transport Refrigeration Int. Institute of Refrigeration, 22nd World Congress Beijing, China, [Details]
Gaffney, B, Brophy, B., Finn, D.P., Timoney, D.J; (2007) Mathematical Modeling of Multi-Temperature Indirect Refrigeration Systems Int. Institute of Refrigeration, 22nd World Congress Beijing, China, [Details]
Horan, J.M, Finn, D.P. ; (2007) Internal Airflow Sensitivity in a Naturally Ventilated Atrium subject to Variation in External Wind Conditions 28th AIVC Air Infiltration and Ventilation Conf Crete, [Details]
Burke, K., Kenny, P., Finn, D.; (2007) Sensitivity Analysis of the EPBD Energy Performance Grading of Buildings PALENC Crete, , 27-SEP-07 - 29-SEP-07 [Details]
Clarke, R., Finn, D.P.; (2006) Numerical Investigation of the Effect Of Heat Exchanger U-Bends on Tube-Side Heat Transfer 2nd Int. Conf. on Renewable Energy in Maritime Island Climates Dublin, Ireland, [Details]
Horan, J. & Finn, D.; (2006) Factors influencing the CFD modelling of external airflows associated with naturally ventilated buildings 2nd Int. Conf. on Renewable Energy in Maritime Island Climates Dublin, Ireland, , 26-APR-06 - 28-APR-06 [Details]
Kelehan, R., Brophy, B., Finn, D. P., and Timoney, D.J.; (2005) Design Issues Associated with Secondary Loop Refrigeration Systems for Multi-Temperature Road Transportation Units International Institute of Refrigeration Conference on 'Latest Developments in Refrigerated Storage, Transportation and Display of Food Products Amman, Jordan, [Details]
Connolly, D., Finn, D., Kenny, P.; (2005) Sensitivity analysis of a maritime located night ventilated library building PALENC Santorini, Greece, , 19-MAY-05 - 21-MAY-05 [Details]
Burke, K., Kenny, P. Finn, D.; (2005) The Transparency and Repeatability of Building Energy Performance Certification DYNASTEE Athens, , 12-OCT-05 - 14-OCT-05 [Details]
Carroll, J., Brophy, B., Finn, D. P., and Timoney, D.J.; (2005) Development of a Steady State Mathematical Model to Simulate the Performance of an Indirect Multi-Temperature Refrigeration System International Institute of Refrigeration Conference on 'Latest Developments in Refrigerated Storage, Transportation and Display of Food Products Amman, Jordan, [Details]
Horan, J. & Finn, D.; (2005) Modelling of the Internal Climate of a Naturally Ventilated Building - A Numerical and Experimental Study MASCOT05 - 5th Conf on Applied Scientific Computing and Tools - Grid Generation, Approximation, and Visualization Leece, Italy, , 05-OCT-05 - 08-OCT-05 [Details]
Costelloe, B. Finn, D.P.; (2005) Thermal Performance of Low Approach Evaporative Cooling Systems in Buildings 2nd Int. Conf. on Renewable Energy in Maritime Island Climates Dublin, Ireland, , 26-APR-06 - 28-APR-06 [Details]
Burke, K., Kenny, P., Finn, D.P.; (2005) The transparency and repeatability of building energy performance certification Int. Conf. on the Dynamic Analysis, Simulation and Testing applied to the Energy and Environmental Performance of Buildings Athens Greece, , 12-OCT-05 - 14-OCT-05 [Details]
Carroll, J., Brophy, B., Finn, D. P., and Timoney, D.J.; (2005) Development of a Steady State Mathematical Model to Simulate the Performance of an Indirect Multi-Temperature Refrigeration System International Institute of Refrigeration Conference on 'Latest Developments in Refrigerated Storage, Transportation and Display of Food Products Amman, Jordan, [Details]
Kelehan, R., Brophy, B., Finn, D. P., and Timoney, D.J.; (2005) Design Issues Associated with Secondary Loop Refrigeration Systems for Multi-Temperature Road Transportation Units International Institute of Refrigeration Conference on 'Latest Developments in Refrigerated Storage, Transportation and Display of Food Products Amman, Jordan, [Details]
Grant, K and Finn, D.P.; (2003) Design of a Multi-evaporator Vapour Compression Experimental Test System for Transport Refrigeration Applications Eurotherm Seminar No. 72 Thermodynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer of Refrigeration Machines and Heat Pumps. , March, 2003 Valencia, Spain, [Details]
Finn, D.P. and Brennan S.; (2003) Sensitivity Analysis Using CFD of Air Distribution in Transport Refrigeration Containers International Institute of Refrigeration, 20th Congress, Washington 2003 Washington, [Details]
Sheridan, J.T., Byrne, G., Connolly, P., Glennon, B., Heneghan, C., FitzPatrick, D., Finn, D., Gilchrist, M.D., Kieran, P., McLoughlin, F., Mulkeen, B., Murphy, N., OConnor, W., ODowd, R., OMalley, M., ORourke, M. & Reilly, R.,; (2002) Optics education within engineering at UCD SPIE 4876, Optics and Photonics Technologies and Applications Galway, Ireland, , 05-SEP-02 - 06-SEP-02 [Details]
Stack, A.J and Finn, D.P.; (2002) Modelling and Validation of a Multi-evaporator Vapour Compression Cycle subject to Non-uniform Loading in Transport Refrigeration Applications Proceedings of the Ninth International Refrigeration Conference, Purdue University, Indiana, USA. July 2002 Indiana, USA, [Details]
Costello, B, Finn, D.P.; (2001) Energy Reduction by enhanced Evaporative Cooling of Buildings in Maritime Climates Renewable energy in Maritime Climates REMIC Conference, Belfast, N. Ireland, 2001 Belfast, N. Ireland, [Details]
Finn, D.P., Costello, B.; (2001) Evaporative Cooling Systems in Deep-plan Office Buildings CLIMA2000, Naples, Italy, Sept. 2001 Naples, Italy, [Details]
Finn, D.P., Doyle, C.J; (2000) Evaporator Heat Transfer Optimisation using Algorithm Controlled Pulse-Activated Throttling Devices ASHRAE Winter Meeting, Dallas, 2000 Dallas, [Details]
Costello, B, Finn, D.P.; (2000) The Design and Performance of an Evaporative Test Rig for Maritime Type Climates Joint CIBSE/ASHRAE Meeting, Dublin, Ireland, 2000 Dublin, Ireland, [Details]
Doyle, C.J., Finn, D.P.; (1998) Evaporator Heat Transfer Optimisation using Algorithm Controlled Pulse-Activated Throttling Devices Proceedings of Eurotherm Seminar No. 62, Heat Transfer in Condensation and Evaporation, Grenoble (1998) Grenoble, , pp.179-187 [Details]
Finn, D.P., Cunningham, P.; (1997) A Case-based Reasoning Approach to Mathematical Modelling in Numerical Simulation of Engineering Problems described by PDEs 15th IMACS World Congress on Scientific Computation, Modelling and Applied Mathematics, Berlin (1997) Berlin, [Details]
Finn, D.P. Cunningham, P; (1994) Physical Model Generation in Thermal Engineering Problems described by Partial Differential Equations Proc. 8th Int. Workshop in Qualitative Reasoning, Nara, Japan, (1994) Nara, Japan, [Details]
Hurley,N, Finn, D.P. Sagawa, N; (1994) An Intelligent Modelling Interface to Numerical Simulation Proc. of the 13th World Congress on Computational and Applied Mathematics, Dublin, Ireland Dublin, Ireland, , pp.1858-1861 [Details]
Finn, D.P; (1993) Preliminary Stages of Engineering Analysis and Modelling Workshop in Preliminary Stages of Detailed Analysis in Engineering Design, 2nd Int. Conf. on AI in Design, CMU, Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, [Details]
Cunningham, P, Smyth, B, Finn, D.P, Cahill, E; (1993) Retrieval Issues in Real World CBR Applications: How far can we go with Discrimination Nets Workshop on Reuse of Designs, 13th Int. Joint Conf. on Artificial Intelligence, France, 1993 France, , pp.141-153 [DOI] [Details]
Cunningham, P, Smyth, B, Finn, D.P, Cahill, E; (1993) Retrieval Issues in Real World CBR Applications: How far can we go with Discrimination Nets Workshop on Reuse of Designs, 13th Int. Joint Conf. on Artificial Intelligence, France, 1993 France, , pp.141-153 [Details]
Cunningham, P, Finn, D.P; (1993) Knowledge Engineering Requirements in Derivational Analogy Proc. of the First European Workshop on Case-Based Reasoning, Germany, (1993) Germany, , pp.108-113 [Details]
Finn, D.P., Cunningham, P, Slattery, J; (1993) Modelling of Engineering Thermal Problems: An Implementation using CBR with Derivational Analogy Proc. 1st Euro. Workshop on Case-Based Reasoning, Germany, (1993) Germany, , pp.114-119 [Details]
Cunningham, P., Smyth, B., Finn, D., and Cahill, E; (1993) Retrieval Issues in Real-World Case-Based Reasoning Applications In: Proceedings of the Workshop on the Reuse of Designs: A Cognitive Approach. 13th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Chambery, France(1993) Chambery, France, [Details]
Finn, D.P., Grimson, J; (1992) An intelligent modelling assistant for preliminary analysis in design Proc. of the 2nd Int. Conference on AI in Design, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, June 1992 Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, [Details]
Finn, D.P., Grimson, J; (1992) An Intelligent Modelling Assistant for Analysis of Physical Systems Proceedings 1992 ASME Computers in Engineering Annual Conference, San Francisco, California, USA. 1992 California, USA, [Details]
Nobutoshi Sagawa, Donal Finn, Neil Hurley; (1991) An Integrated Problem Solving Environment for Numerical Simulation of Engineering Problems Programming Environments for High-Level Scientific Problem Solving 1991 *, , pp.191-201 [Details]
Finn, D.P., Hurley,N, Sagawa, N; (1991) AI-DEQSOL A Knowledge based Environment for Numerical Simulation of Engineering Problems Proc. of the Euro. Simulation Conf., Soc. for Computer Simulation, 1991 *, , pp.67-73 [Details]
Finn, D.P., Monaghan, P.F, Oosthuizen, P. ; (1989) Heat transfer to unfrosted wind convectors Proceedings of the 1989 ASME Solar Energy Division Conference, San Diego, California, USA San Diego, California, USA, [Details]
Monaghan, P.F, Finn, D.P., O'Reilly, J.; (1989) Development of an Outdoor Test Facility for Wind Evaporators Proceedings 1989 ASME Winter Annual Conference San Francisco, California, USA, [Details]
Monaghan, P.F, Redfern, M., Oosthuizen, P., Grealish, F, Finn, D.P.; (1989) An automatic non-contact technique for investigation of the effect of frosting on wind convector heat transfer Proc. 2nd UK Nat. Heat Transfer Conference *, [Details]
Monaghan, P.F, Finn, D.P., Oosthuizen, P.; (1988) Development of an Outdoor Test Facility for Wind Convectors Proceedings of the 1988 ASME Solar Energy Division Conference, Golden, Colorado, USA Golden, Colorado, USA, [Details]
Monaghan, P.F. Finn, D.P.; (1988) Technical and economic feasibility of wind convectors as heat pump evaporators Proceedings of 1988 North Sun Conference, Borlange, Sweden Borlange, Sweden, [Details]
Monaghan, P.F, Finn, D.P., Oosthuizen, P.; (1987) Design and testing of the University College Galway wind convector test facility Proceedings of the 1987 World Solar Energy Congress, Hamburg, Germany Hamburg, Germany, [Details]
Finn, D.P., Monaghan, P.F, Oosthuizen, P.; (1987) Mathematical modelling and experimental validation of the heat and mass transfer to unfrosted wind convectors Proceedings of the 1987 World Solar Energy Congress, Hamburg Hamburg, [Details]
                               

Reports

Finn, D.P., Shannon, S, Brophy, B.; (2005) CONTROL AND OPTIMISATION OF HEAT PUMP SYSTEMS. Reports [Details]
                                                                                                     

Research

Research Interests

Building Energy: Building demand management, Evaporative and radiant cooling. Natural/night ventilation.

Energy Systems: Integrated system analysis, carbon footprint analysis, heat pumps, transport refrigeration systems.

Research Projects

Sponsor : EC Framework (FP7)
Title : UCD ENERGY21 International Training and Career Development Fellowship Programme (ENERGY21) - Dr William Turner
Start Date / End Date : 01-JUL-16 / 30-JUN-18
Sponsor : HORIZON 2020
Title : Simulation Supported Real Time Energy Management in Building Blocks (SIM4BLOCKS)
Start Date / End Date : 01-APR-16 / 31-MAR-20
Sponsor : Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)
Title : Sustainable Electrical Energy Systems SRC sub account from R12207
Start Date / End Date : 13-DEC-10 / 12-DEC-17
Sponsor : EC Framework (FP7)
Title : CiNERGY Smart Cities with sustainable energy systems
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-13 / 30-SEP-17
Sponsor : Irish Research Council (IRC)
Title : Development of Scalable Whole-Building Energy Models
Start Date / End Date : 01-FEB-13 / 31-JAN-17
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Advanced Control of a Building Integrated Ground Source Heat Pump with Thermal Energy Storage - Integration and Simulation Issues in EnergyPlus
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAY-13 / 31-OCT-14
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Performance Analysis of a Low Approach Low Temperature Direct Cooling Tower for Building Radiant Cooling Systems
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAY-13 / 31-OCT-14
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Assessment of open tower low approach evaporative cooling for space cooling of commercial buildings located in temperate climates
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAY-12 / 31-OCT-13
Sponsor : Higher Education Authority (HEA)
Title : PRTLI 5: GREP ENG - Split Account Donal Finn
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAR-11 / 31-DEC-16
Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : FP7 Travel Support (Marie Curie 2012)
Start Date / End Date : 03-OCT-11 / 12-JAN-12
Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : FP7 Travel Support SmartCity
Start Date / End Date : 03-JAN-11 / 28-FEB-11
Sponsor : Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)
Title : Sustainable Electrical Energy Systems SRC
Start Date / End Date : 13-DEC-10 / 12-DEC-17
Sponsor : Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology (IRCSET)
Title : Design Characterisation and Optimisation of Multiple Borehole Clusters for Ground-Source Heat Pumps
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-09 / 30-SEP-12
Sponsor : EC Framework (FP7)
Title : Advanced ground source heat pump systems for heating and cooling in Mediterranean climate (GROUND MED)
Start Date / End Date : 01-JAN-09 / 31-DEC-14
Sponsor : Thermo King
Title : Technical design specification for secondary-loop "green" unit for transport refrigeration
Start Date / End Date : 01-AUG-08 / 31-JAN-11
Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : Technical design specification for secondary-loop "Green" unit for transport refrigeration
Start Date / End Date : 01-AUG-08 / 31-JAN-11
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Novel Control Algorithms for building integration of heat pumps
Start Date / End Date : 01-JUN-07 / 01-DEC-08
Sponsor : European Commission FP6
Title : Development of an integrated urban management tool
Start Date / End Date : 01-JAN-07 / 31-DEC-09
Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : Efficient and Effective defrosting of single-temperature transport refrigeration systems
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-04 / 28-FEB-06
Sponsor : European Commission FP6
Title : Sustainable Heat and Energy Research for Heat Pump Applications
Start Date / End Date : 01-SEP-04 / 30-AUG-07
Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : Multi- Temperature, Transport Refrigeration system with secondary refrigeration
Start Date / End Date : 01-NOV-02 / 31-OCT-04
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Natural Ventilation Studies
Start Date / End Date : 01-SEP-04 / 28-FEB-08
Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : New refrigeration technologies
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAR-04 / 31-MAY-04
Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : ACRC Collaboration
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAY-03 / 04-APR-04
Sponsor : Exxol Exxon Mobil
Title : Pressure Calibration
Start Date / End Date : 01-NOV-00 / 30-APR-01
Sponsor : Irish American Partnership
Title : Optimisation studies in refrigeration applications
Start Date / End Date : 01-JAN-00 / 31-DEC-01
Sponsor : Bord na Mona
Title : Drying of particulate materials
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-99 / 30-SEP-01
Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : Response characteristics of vapour compression cycles subject to non-linear excitation
Start Date / End Date : 30-SEP-98 / 30-SEP-20
Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : Process Drying of Particulate Materials
Start Date / End Date : 01-SEP-96 / 31-AUG-98
Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : Development platform for secondary coop transport refrigeration system design
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-05 / 30-APR-08

Recent Postgraduates

A. Jones  (PhD 2015) Thermal energy storage using phase change materials for demand response in buildings.

K. Edwards   (PhD 2014) Strategies for optimal control of media flow rates in ground source heat pumps. 

A. Dormer (MEngSc) Carbon Footprint Analysis in Plastics Manufacture.

S. Smyth (PhD 2011)  Control Optimisation of an Economised Multi-temperature Indirect Vapour Compression Cycle (with D.J. Timoney). 

M. Walshe  (MEngSc 2010)  Modelling and Control Optimisation of a Carbon Dioxide Heat Pump.

F. Murphy  (MEngSc 2009)  Performance optimisation investigations of a ground source heat pump.

B. Gaffney  (MEngSc 2008)  Modelling of Indirect Transport Refrigeration Systems (with D.J. Timoney).

J. Horan  (PhD 2007)  Influence of External Wind Conditions on Internal Airflows in Naturally Ventilated Spaces.

S. Shannon  (MEngSc 2007)  Heat Pump Control and Optimisation.

R. Walsh  (MEngSc 2007)  Effect of thermal mass on the Energy Performance of Office Buildings (with P. Kenny).

R. Clarke  (MEngSc 2006) Heat Transfer Enhancement Effects in Heat Exchanger U-bends.

T. O¿Connor  (MEngSc 2006)  Carbon Dioxide Vapour Compression Systems (with P Hrnjak UIUC).

B. Costelloe  (PhD 2006)  Evaporative Cooling in Maritime Climates.

K. Burke  (MEngSc 2006)  Investigation into Building Energy Performance Directive (with P. Kenny). 

D. Connolly  (MEngSc 2005) Investigation of night ventilation and predictive control in buildings (with. P Kenny).

K. Grant  (MEngSc 2002)  Development of a test facility for the testing of multi evaporator refrigeration systems.

A. Stack  (MEngSc 2001)  Transient modelling of multi-evaporator vapour compression systems.

S. Kedroff (MEngSc 2000)  Simulation of transport refrigeration systems (with D.J. Timoney).

C. Doyle  (MEngSc 1999)  Optimisation of refrigeration algorithms under transient operating conditions.

D. Hanratty  (MEngSc 2003)  Experimental assessment of the drying of particulate materials using fluidised drying.

J. Hickey  (MEngSc 1999)  Design of a fluidised bed test rig for the drying of particulate materials.

J. Mannion (MEngSc 1998)  A fibre based approach for assessing the drying characteristics of milled peat.

Current Postgraduate Students

Fabiano Pallonetto, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Giovanni Tardioli, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Anjukan Kathirgamanathan, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Carlos Andrade Cabrera, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Buddhi Wimarshana, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor

Collaborators

 

External Collaborators

ESB Networks, Dublin, Ireland

GlenDimplex, Dunleer, Ireland
 
ThermoKing Ltd, Minneapolis, MN, USA and Galway, Ireland

ESB Networks, Dublin Ireland

CIAT (Heat Pumps), Culoz, France

HiRef (Heat Pumps), Padova, Italy

University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, IL, USA 

Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain

KTH (Royal Institute of Technology), Stockholm, Sweden

University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal