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IDMEC (Department of mechanical engineering of the University of Porto)

Expertise and experience

FEUP (Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto) is one of the two largest schools of engineering and one of the largest schools within the structure of the University of Porto. It has a staff of more than 500 (about 300 PhD) for more than 5000 students, where undergraduate and post-graduate courses are taught. FEUP has five departments. The Mechanical Engineering Department is the second largest with around 1000 students and the undergraduate courses: Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Management. Among the fields of expertise in the country counts the leading role in areas such as Building Thermal Physics and Energy in the Built Environment. IDMEC is an R&D institute associated with FEUP for Mechanical Engineering and with links to the national R&D systems. In its structure there is a Unit on Fluids and Energy, which has a large experience of European and other projects in the field.

FEUP together with its affiliated institutes such as IDMEC (Instituto de Engenharia Mecānica Engineering) has been deeply involved since 1988 (Portugal entered the EU in January 1986) with EU projects namely sponsored by DGXII (JOULE) and DGXVII (THERMIE). FEUP has an important role in the R&D of EU in relation with the Building Thermal Performance (PASSYS, PASCOOL, European Database on Indoor Pollution Sources, etc.)

Key persons

Prof. Eduardo de Oliveira Fernandes is a full professor of FEUP since 1981. He has created a group on Building Thermal Physics with major activities on: Passive Solar Technologies in Buildings; Indoor Air Quality; Energy and Environment in the Urban Space. He was consultant for DGXII on Energy in Buildings (1988-1992); Air and Waste Management for the Ministry of Environment (1976-1984 and 1995-1999); Energy in Buildings for different institutions in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Italy, France, Spain and Portugal; and for EXPO'98 and its urban development. He has been and is leader of several EU large RTD projects for DGXII on IAQ issues, and for DGXVII. Furthermore, he was Secretary of State for Environment (1984-1985); Vice-rector of the University of Porto (1986-1991); and he is member of several professional associations and societies, being Fellow of ASHRAE.