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School of the Built Environment

Dr Anthony Simpson

Head of Thermal Lab (N160), Energy House 2.0 Research Fellow

Biography

Established Thermal Lab as the first UKAS accredited laboratory for the measurement of thermal conductivity / resistance in the UK in 1981 (provides credibility for research data. Quality Manager and Deputy Technical Manager of UKAS thermal Measurement Lab.

Established large scale wall and roof test facilities, and guarded hot box  in Brindley / Meadow Road complex for the measurement of heat and moisture transfer in building elements

From 1987  Technical Manager, Head and Deputy Quality Manager of UKAS Thermal Lab. UKAS Auditor of Acoustics Labs.

Since 1997 have concentrated on running the Thermal Lab as a commercial research facility. In 2000 The Thermal Lab was recognized as a European Notified Laboratory for ITT. Relocated to Newton in 2005 - 6, and forms part of the activities of the Energy House Team.

In 2019 Research Fellow in Energy House team.  

Have issued some 2,000 commercial reports to business and industry, in addition to over 33 papers and conferences listed below.

Research Interests

Thermo-physics. Heat transfer / thermophysical properties in buildings and materials, particularly thermal insulation performance,

Qualifications and Memberships

BSc, MSc, PhD, Minst P, MCIBSE, CPhys, CEng

Publications

  • Simpson A., and Stuckes A.D.,"The thermal conductivity of highly orientated pyrolytic boron nitride", J.Phys. C: Solid St. Phys., Vol 4, pp. 1710-1718, 1971
  • Simpson A., and Stuckes A.D.,"The thermal conductivity of isotropic and hot pressed boron nitride", J.Phys. D: Appl.Phys., Vol 9, pp.621-630, 1976
  • Stuckes A.D., and Simpson A.,"The thermal resistance of hollow building blocks", Journal of the Institution of Building Control Officers", Vol 11, pp.8-9, Winter 1975
  • Stuckes A.D., and Simpson A.,"Concrete blocks-meeting the standards of thermal and sound insulation", Precast Concrete, pp.542-546, November 1977
  • Stuckes A.D., "The thermal resistance of a cavity filled wall", Physics and Technology, Vol.15, pp.315-320, 1984
  • Stuckes A.D., "The thermal performance of cavity fill", Building Services, CIBSE Journal, Vol.7 no.3, pp.47-49, March 1985 
  • Stuckes A.D., and Simpson A.,"The effect of moisture on the thermal conductivity of aerated concrete", Building Services Engineering, Research and Technology, Vol.6, No.2, pp.49-53, 1985
  • Stuckes A.D., Tinker,J.A., and Simpson A.,"The effect of moisture on the thermal conductivity of lightweight aggregate concrete", Building Services Engineering, Research and Technology, Vol.7, No.1, pp.27-32, 1986
  • Stuckes A.D., and Simpson A.,"Moisture factors and thermal conductivity of concrete", Building Services Engineering, Research and Technology, Vol.7, No.2, pp.73-77, 1986
  • Simpson A., and Stuckes A.D.,"The thermal conductivity of porous materials: 1 Theoretical treatment of conduction processes", Building Services Engineering, Research and Technology, Vol.7, No.2, pp.78-86, 1986 
  • Simpson A., and Stuckes A.D.,"Thermal conductivity of vermiculite concrete: Effect of inclusion shape", Building Services Engineering, Research and Technology, Vol.8, No.1, pp.1-4, 1987
  • Stuckes A.D., O'Connor D.E., and Simpson A.,"Heat and moisture transfer in buildings", SERC Bulletin, Vol.3, No.9, pp.28-29, Autumn 1987
  • Simpson A., Stuckes A.D., and Napora M.,"The effect of air speed on the thermal performance of loft insulants", Building Services Engineering, Research and Technology, Vol.9, No.2, pp.159-166, 1988
  • Simpson A., and Stuckes A.D.,"Thermal conductivity of porous materials: 2 Theoretical treatment of radiative heat transfer", Building Services Engineering, Research and Technology, Vol.11, No.1, pp.13-19, 1990
  • Simpson A., O'Connor D.E., and Stuckes A.D.,"Heat and moisture transfer in an insulated cavity wall",Building Technical File, No.31, pp.7-14, October 1990
  • Simpson A., O'Connor D.E., and Stuckes A.D.," Mineral fibre filled cavity wall: Hygrothermal properties", Building Services Engineering, Research and Technology,
  • Vol.12, No.4, pp.137-143, 1991
  • Simpson A., and Castles G.,"Measurement of heat losses from an insulated domestic hot water cylinder", Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, Vol.13, No.1, pp.43-47, 1992
  • Simpson A., Castles G. and O'Connor D.E., "Condensation, Heat Transfer and Ventilation Processes in Flat Timber Frame Cold Roofs", Bulding Services Engineering Research and Technology, Vol.13, No.3, pp.133-145, 1992
  • Darlington P., Simpson A., and Hrachovec M., "Cooling rates of the B flat trumpet", Applied Acoustics, Vol.36, pp.145-157, 1992.
  • Simpson A., O'Connor D.E., "Timber frame wall: Hygrothermal properties and vapour barrier damage", Buiding Services Engineering Research and Technology", Vol.15, No.3, pp.179-184, 1994.
  • Ball G.W., Simpson A. and Fleming H., "The Thermal Conductivity of Isocyanate-Based Rigid Cellular Plastics: A Technique for Predicting the 25 Year Values", Cellular Polymers, Vo.16, No.2, pp.110-149, 1997.
  • A. Simpson, R. Fitton, I.G. Rattigan, A. Marshall, G. Parr, W. Swan, “Thermal performance of thermal paint and surface coatings in buildings in heating dominated climates”, Energy and Buildings, Volume 197, 15 August 2019, Pages 196-213.
  • A.Simpson, I G Rattigan, “Conditioning of EPS samples for Thermal Conductivity Testing to EN 13163”, published by Working Group SG19 and EN 13163 standards committee. 4 January 2018. (SG19_ N177_EPS Conditioning SH19 Report salford university.pdf. https://circabc.europa.eu/sd/a/fe30eb11-049b-4f8d-a700-51a16f24e52b/SG19_N177_EPS%20Conditioning%20SG19%20Report_salford%20university.pdf (Uploaded 18 September 2018)
  • A.Simpson, I.G.Rattigan, E. Kalavsky, G. Parr,  “Thermal Conductivity and Conditioning of Grey Expanded Polystyrene Foams”, Submitted to Cellular Plastcs 18 November 2019.

 

CONFERENCES

  • Polymer Engineering Directorate Conference,Loughborough University, "The Thermal Conductance of Walls containing Polymers" by A.Simson and A.D.Suuckes, April 1979
  • Polymer Engineering Directorate Conference,Loughborough University, "The Thermal Conductance of Walls containing Polymers", by A.Simson and A.D.SuuckesApril 1980
  • Polymer Engineering Directorate Conference,Loughborough University, "The Thermal Conductance of Walls containing Polymers", by A.Simson and A.D.Suuckes, April 1981
  • Polymer Engineering Directorate Conference,Loughborough University, "The Thermal Conductance of Walls containing Polymers" by A.Simson and A.D.Suuckes, April 1983
  • International Symposium on Design of Structural Sandwich Panels, Salford University, by A.Simpson, "Thermal Insulation", 19-20 September 1990
  • British Rigid Urethane Foam Manufacturers Association Conference, Last Drop Hotel, Bolton, 2 April 1996, "Thermal Conductivity and Relative Ageing of Urethane Foams", by A. Simpson and H.Fleming.
  • TPAC Conference, UMIST, May 1996, "Thermal Conductivity and Relative Ageing of Urethane Foams", by A. Simpson
  • TPAC Conference, University of Warwick, 8 May 2000, "Thermal Conductivity and Ageing of Urethane Foams: A Technique for predicting 25 year values", by A. Simpson
  • British Rigid Urethane Foam Manufacturers Association Conference, Last Drop Hotel, Bolton, 24 April 2001, "New HFC Blowing Agents HFC 365mfc and 245fa, The UK experience of Thermal Conductivity Ageing”, by Dr. Tony Simpson