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Dr Heber Sugo

Research Associate

School of Engineering (Environmental Engineering)

A new direction in solar energy

One of the most challenging aspects of an intensive three-year research project within the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment is its goal of simplicity.

Heber Sugo and Erich Kisi in the laboratory 

Material engineers Dr Heber Sugo and Professor Erich Kisi have received $515,000 from the Australian Solar Institute to create a new device that converts solar energy directly into electricity.

Researchers in Europe and the United States are working on a similar concept but they are using much lower-temperature materials. "Our device will comprise materials used to power the electrical systems of spacecraft, and will reach temperatures of up to 1,500 degrees Celsius," says Sugo, the principal investigator.

"Being able to work at higher temperatures allows a more efficient conversion of heat into electricity, thereby reducing production and environmental costs. More efficient energy conversion means that smaller solar arrays can give the same energy yield.

"A device of this sort has a tendency to become complicated, so designing something for its simplicity is particularly challenging," adds Kisi. "Our device will generate electricity in a single step and has no moving parts."

The centrepiece of the project is a thermionic device, which will be attached to reflective "parabolic dishes" that concentrate solar radiation. The dish holds a number of mirrors that focus light rays onto the device. When heated, the device emits electrons and generates electricity. In its final form, the thermionic device would feed power inverters which in turn would then supply electricity to the grid.

This research differs from other projects in that it is the first to use refractory materials in the thermionic device. The short-term plan is to create a prototype that could be scaled up and commercialised to provide clean energy to households.

While the concept itself seems simple, its development is anything but. At the time of going to print, Sugo was designing a series of experiments involving various materials. "We need to make the materials because they are not currently available," he says. The researchers will have to design and manufacture an emitter and a collector, test them individually and then combine them into a working prototype.

In theory, their device will be far more efficient than current methods. "There are environmental costs in levelling tracts of land to install current solar technologies," says Kisi. "Our model will greatly reduce the amount of space needed through greater conversion efficiency and a single-step process that requires no additional infrastructure."

Sugo and Kisi are part of the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER).

Heber Sugo and Erich Kisi in the laboratory

A new direction in solar energy

Material engineers Dr Heber Sugo and Professor Erich Kisi have received $515,000 from the Australian Solar Institute to create a new device that converts solar energy directly into electricity.

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Career Summary

Biography

Since my appointment as Research Associate in the Discipline of Civil, Surveying and Environmental Engineering, working in conjunction with Professor Adrian Page, several key milestones have been set in the fields of masonry bond and thermal performance of masonry. The research in these areas has been experimental in nature, requiring the development of specialised techniques and strategies. The resultant work has proved unique, attracting the attention of overseas and local academics.

This success has been instrumental in receiving several industry and ARC funded grants as detailed in the next section. My major achievements are outlined as follows: " Invited paper RILEM Workshop, Mantova, Italy. As recognition of the work being carried out in the field of masonry bond strength, I was invited by the RILEM technical Committee for Site Control and Non-Destructive Evaluation of Masonry Structures and Materials to present the research findings at the Mantova, Workshop in 2001. " Establishment of a Guarded Hot-Box Facility (GHB). This is a laboratory test facility used to measure the thermal properties of full-scale building assemblies. The facility has been designed and constructed completely in-house and, at this time, is the only facility in Australia. The GHB apparatus complies with relevant ASTM specifications. " Building Modules for Evaluating the Thermal Performance of Masonry Four purpose built modules have been constructed at the Callaghan campus to measure the thermal performance of masonry walling systems and other building envelope components. The modules are fully instrumented and monitored continuously.

The data from these building has been crucial for the masonry industry and has now been used by the AGO for the validation of the second generation energy simulation software developed by CSIRO. A protocol for monitoring buildings has been adopted by the AGO based on the Newcastle University test modules. " Establishment of a Roof Testing Facility This test facility is under construction. It will be used to directly compare the thermal performance of six roofing materials under actual weather conditions. Measurements will include UV-VIS & IR reflectance, surface and air temperatures of roof membranes and attic spaces and, resultant through-ceiling heat flux. This facility is similar to that developed at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories in the USA. " Australian Greenhouse Office The research into the thermal performance of masonry has attracted the attention of the AGO and resulted in a large consulting project between TUNRA and the AGO. In addition, the AGO convened a meeting of all interested researchers in the building energy field, at a national level, to showcase the work being carried out at the University of Newcastle.

The above achievements have all been attained through setting up small and large scale experiments (small sized buildings). This has been an extremely time consuming exercise. This large workload together with the need to produce frequent industry reports has impacted on my available time to dedicate to journal papers. However. these circumstances have recently changed by additional industry funding for employment of technical support staff.

Research Expertise
I have extensive expertise in materials characterization techniques, XRD, SEM and DTA/TGA. Also over the last 5 years I have set up an experimental facility to assess the thermal performance of building systems. This is both laboratory based, via the construction and commissioning a Guarded Hot Box apparatus and, full-scale with the construction of 4 full-scale test modules which are exposed to external conditions. As a result of receiving further industry support, a test facility is also being commissioned, to evaluate the thermal performance of roofs. The success of this research has been recognised by several industry and government authorities

Teaching Expertise
Whilst at UTS I have lectured engineering materials and advanced ceramics courses. In my current position at U of N, I have supervised over 15 final year project students, 1 MSc student and assisted several Ph. D candidates.


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Laws, NSW Institute of Technology
  • Master of Science, University of Technology Sydney

Keywords

  • Engineering Materials
  • Materials
  • Thermal Performance

Languages

  • Spanish (Fluent)

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
120299Building not elsewhere classified30
090499Chemical Engineering not elsewhere classified30
091599Interdisciplinary Engineering not elsewhere classified40

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
31/01/2015 - 31/01/2016Research AssociateUniversity of Newcastle
School of Engineering
Australia
1/01/2009 - 13/02/2009Senior Research AssociateUniversity of Newcastle
School of Engineering
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/1989 - 1/03/1994Scientific OfficerUniversity of Technology, Sydney
School of Physical Sciences
Australia

Membership

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
Invited Guest - Think Brick Australia Technical CommitteeThink Brick Australia

Invitations

Participant

YearTitle / Rationale
2001RILEM Technical Committe 177MDT
Organisation: RILEM Description: Invited speaker on strenght/microstructures investigation techniques to the international committee for non-destructive evaluation of masonry structures.
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (10 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Hasan MM, Sugo H, Kisi E, 'Synthesis and thermionic properties of tungsten-barium titanate composites', Materials Science and Engineering B: Solid-State Materials for Advanced Technology, 194 14-20 (2015)

The potential of novel tungsten-barium titanate composites as thermionic emitters is explored. Composites ranging from 20% to 80% tungsten by mass were prepared by sintering in an Ar-H2 atmosphere. XRD and SEM studies indicate four major micro-constituents; W, BaTiO3, Ba4(Ti,Fe)12O27 and BaWO4. Richardson work functions (fR) and Richardson constants (AR) were determined using a Schottky diode arrangement at temperatures ranging from 1223 to 1473 K. Work functions ranged from 2.67 eV to 3.32 eV with a shallow minimum at 40% by mass W and were relatively constant (~2.7-2.8 eV) in the range 30-70% by mass W. The decrease in work function was accompanied by a strong decrease in AR from 39.3 A cm-2 K-2 to 0.02 A cm-2 K-2 over the range 20-70% by mass W. The reduction in both fR and AR was associated with the major conversion of the surface to BaWO4 and Ba4Ti12O27 during the activation treatment before emission testing.

DOI10.1016/j.mseb.2014.12.020
Co-authorsErich Kisi
2015Hasan MM, Cuskelly D, Sugo H, Kisi EH, 'Low temperature synthesis of low thermionic work function (LaxBa1- x)B6 ', Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 636 67-72 (2015)

This study presents investigations of the microstructure, morphology and emission properties of the promising thermionic material (LaxBa1-x)B6. The material was synthesised by solid-state reaction without post-synthesis purifications. Powder X-ray diffraction revealed that samples prepared at a temperature =1500 °C had formed a significant proportion of solid solution (above 54 mass%). Subsequent sintering at 1950 °C caused the formation of a mixture of three solid solutions with the dominant phase being (La0.31Ba0.69)B6 ~85% (by mass). The Richardson work function and emission constant for this boride mixture were found to be 1.03 eV and 8.44 × 10-6 A cm K-2 respectively.

DOI10.1016/j.jallcom.2015.02.105
Co-authorsErich Kisi
2014Rawson A, Kisi E, Sugo H, Fiedler T, 'Effective conductivity of Cu-Fe and Sn-Al miscibility gap alloys', International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 77 395-405 (2014) [C1]

The effective thermal conductivity of Cu-Fe and Sn-Al miscibility gap alloys over a range of temperatures and volume fractions was determined using the Lattice Monte Carlo method. The Cu-Fe system was found to have an effective conductivity predictable by the Maxwell-Eucken model. The Sn-Al system was not consistent with any empirical model analysed. The microstructures of physical samples were approximated using a random growth algorithm calibrated to electron or optical microscope images. Charts of effective conductivity against temperature for a number of volume fractions are presented for the two alloys. It was determined that the Cu-Fe alloy would benefit from an interstice type microstructure and the Sn-Al would be more efficient with a hard spheres type microstructure. More general conclusions are drawn about the efficiency of the two observed microstructures. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

DOI10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2014.05.024
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 2
Co-authorsErich Kisi, Thomas Fiedler
2013Hasan M, Sugo H, Kisi E, 'Low temperature carbothermal and boron carbide reduction synthesis of LaB6', Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 578 176-182 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.jallcom.2013.05.008Author URL
CitationsScopus - 4Web of Science - 4
Co-authorsErich Kisi
2013Sugo H, Kisi E, Cuskelly D, 'Miscibility gap alloys with inverse microstructures and high thermal conductivity for high energy density thermal storage applications', Applied Thermal Engineering, 51 1345-1350 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2012.11.029Author URL
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 4
Co-authorsErich Kisi
2009Alasha'Ary HA, Moghtaderi B, Page AW, Sugo HO, 'A neuro-fuzzy model for prediction of the indoor temperature in typical Australian residential buildings', Energy and Buildings, 41 703-710 (2009) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.enbuild.2009.02.002
CitationsScopus - 9Web of Science - 5
Co-authorsAdrian Page, Behdad Moghtaderi
2008Lawrence S, Sugo HO, Page AW, 'Masonry bond strength and the effects of supplementary cementitious materials', Australian Journal of Structural Engineering, 8 101-114 (2008) [C1]
Co-authorsAdrian Page, Stephen Lawrence
2008Luo C, Moghtaderi B, Sugo HO, Page AW, 'A new stable finite volume method for predicting thermal performance of a whole building', Building and Environment, 43 37-43 (2008) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.buildenv.2006.11.037
CitationsScopus - 10Web of Science - 7
Co-authorsBehdad Moghtaderi, Caimao Luo, Adrian Page
2008Gregory KE, Moghtaderi B, Sugo HO, Page AW, 'Effect of thermal mass on the thermal performance of various Australian residential constructions systems', Energy and Buildings, 40 459-465 (2008) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.enbuild.2007.04.001
CitationsScopus - 50Web of Science - 42
Co-authorsAdrian Page, Behdad Moghtaderi
2007Sugo HO, Page AW, Lawrence S, 'Influence of age on masonry bond strength and mortar microstructure', Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 34 1422-1442 (2007) [C1]
DOI10.1139/L07-137
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authorsAdrian Page, Stephen Lawrence
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Conference (36 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Hasan MM, Sugo H, Kisi EH, 'Low temperature synthesis of rare-earth hexaborides for solar energy conversion', MATEC Web of Conferences (2014) [E1]

Thermionic energy conversion is an ideal way of converting concentrated solar energy into electricity. Developing suitable emitter/collector materials, with optimum work functions whilst being able to withstand elevated temperatures under high vacuum conditions, is a major challenge. Rare-earth hexaborides have great potential as thermionic emitters due to their superior chemical stability and low work function values, lanthanum hexaboride (f ~2.60eV) and cerium hexaboride (f ~2.60eV). This study forms part of a series of investigations aimed at developing rare-earth hexaboride cathode materials. Methods used to synthesise, characterise and fabricate these materials are discussed together with electron emission results. © 2014 Owned by the authors, published by EDP Sciences.

DOI10.1051/matecconf/20141306005
Co-authorsErich Kisi
2014Fiedler T, Rawson AJ, Sugo H, Kisi E, 'Thermal capacitors made from miscibility gap alloys (MGAs)', WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment (2014)

The current paper addresses the thermal characterisation of Miscibility Gap Alloys (MGAs). These novel materials combine two immiscible metallic phases with different melting temperatures. The fusible phase (i.e. the phase with a lower melting temperature) acts as a phase change material that stores latent heat (in addition to sensible heat) thus optimising energy storage capacity. The second phase forms an enclosure and prevents the leakage of liquid material. Due to the high inherent thermal conductivity of metals, MGAs exhibit excellent thermal conduction in comparison to traditional phase change materials such as hydrate salts or paraffin. The combination of high energy storage and fast heat transfer makes MGA uniquely suited for use as thermal capacitors in applications like space heating, concentrated power generation or temperature stabilisation of sensitive equipment. The current paper determines the thermal properties of MGAs using Lattice Monte Carlo analysis combined with micro-computed tomography imaging.

DOI10.2495/ESUS140411
Co-authorsErich Kisi, Thomas Fiedler
2013Hasan MM, Kisi E, Sugo H, 'Preparation of lanthanum hexaboride cathodes for thermionic energy generation', 2013 International Conference on Informatics, Electronics & Vision (ICIEV 2013), Dhaka (2013) [E1]
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Co-authorsErich Kisi
2009Sugo HO, Page AW, Moghtaderi B, 'The influence of wall properties on the thermal performance of Australian housing', 11th Canadian Masonry Symposium, Toronto, ONT (2009) [E1]
Co-authorsBehdad Moghtaderi, Adrian Page
2009Page AW, Sugo HO, Hands SA, Moghtaderi B, 'A study of the influence of wall R-value on the thermal characteristics of Australian housing', Building Australia's Future Conference Papers, Gold Coast, QLD (2009) [E1]
Co-authorsAdrian Page, Behdad Moghtaderi
2008Alasha'Ary HA, Moghtaderi B, Page AW, Sugo HO, 'Application of neuro-fuzzy model to evaluate the thermal performance of typical Australian residential masonry buildings - II', CCESD-II: 2nd Canadian Conference on Effective Design of Structures: Sustainability of Civil Engineering Structures, Hamilton, ONC (2008) [E1]
Co-authorsBehdad Moghtaderi, Adrian Page
2008Gregory KE, Moghtaderi B, Page AW, Sugo HO, 'Assessment of thermal performance of two masonry walling designs for housing using a combined theoretical and experimental approach', CCESD-II: 2nd Canadian Conference on Effective Design of Structures: Sustainability of Civil Engineering Structures, Hamilton, ONC (2008) [E1]
Co-authorsAdrian Page, Behdad Moghtaderi
2008Gregory KE, Moghtaderi B, Sugo HO, Page AW, 'A thermal performance study of common Australian residential construction systems in hypothetical modules', Proceedings of the 14th International Brick & Block Masonry Conference, Sydney, NSW (2008) [E1]
Co-authorsAdrian Page, Behdad Moghtaderi
2008Lawrence S, Testone T, Sugo HO, Page AW, 'An investigation of factors affecting the durability of masonry mortar', Proceedings of the 14th International Brick & Block Masonry Conference, Sydney, NSW (2008) [E1]
Co-authorsStephen Lawrence, Adrian Page
2008Masia MJ, Totoev YZ, Page AW, Sugo HO, 'Conference Editors', Proceedings of the 14th International Brick & Block Masonry Conference, Sydney, NSW (2008) [E4]
Co-authorsMark Masia, Adrian Page, Yuri Totoev
2008Sugo HO, Hands SA, Page AW, 'Thermal performance of Australian masonry housing - Heating/cooling demands under spring conditions', Proceedings of the 14th International Brick & Block Masonry Conference, Sydney, NSW (2008) [E1]
Co-authorsAdrian Page
2008Simundic G, Sugo HO, Page AW, Lawrence S, 'Preliminary assessment of correlation between mortar hardness and brick masonry strength', On Site Assessment of Concrete, Masonry and Timber Structures SACoMaTiS 2008: Proceedings of the First International RILEM Symposium, Varenna, Italy (2008) [E2]
Co-authorsAdrian Page, Goran Simundic, Stephen Lawrence
2007Sugo HO, Page AW, Inglis CM, 'Thermal performance studies at The University of Newcastle', Solar07: ANZSES Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society. Conference Proceedings, Alice Springs, NT (2007) [E1]
Co-authorsAdrian Page
2007Sugo HO, Page AW, Moghtaderi B, 'The thermal performance of cavity brick and brick veneer test modules containing a window', Proceedings - Tenth North American Masonry Conference, St. Louis, Missouri (2007) [E1]
Co-authorsAdrian Page, Behdad Moghtaderi
2007Luo C, Moghtaderi B, Sugo HO, Page AW, 'Time lags and decrement factors under air-conditioned and free-floating conditions for multi-layer materials', 10th International Building Performance Simulation Association Conference and Exhibition-Building Simulation 2007. Proceedings, Beijing, China (2007) [E1]
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsCaimao Luo, Adrian Page, Behdad Moghtaderi
2006Luo C, Moghtaderi B, Sugo HO, Page AW, 'The Verification of Finite Volume Based Thermal Performance Software using Analytical Solutions and Measurements', Proceedings of the IBPSA Australasia 2006 Conference, Adelaide (2006) [E2]
Co-authorsAdrian Page, Behdad Moghtaderi, Caimao Luo
2005Sugo HO, Page AW, Moghtaderi B, 'The Study Of Heat Flows In Masonry Walls In A Thermal Test Building Incorporating A Window', 10th Canadian Masonry Symposium, Banff, Canada (2005) [E1]
Co-authorsAdrian Page, Behdad Moghtaderi
2005Lawrence S, Sugo HO, Page AW, 'Masonry Bond Strength And The Effects Of Supplementary Cementitious Materials', Australian Stuctural Engineering Conference : ASEC 2005 : 11-14 September 2005, Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle, NSW, Australia. Program & abstract book, Newcastle, Australia (2005) [E1]
Co-authorsStephen Lawrence, Adrian Page
2004Page AW, Sugo HO, Lawrence S, 'The Influence Of Cement Type, Age And Curing Conditions On Masonry Bond Strength', Proceedings of the 7th Australasian Masonry Conference, Newcastle, Australia (2004) [E1]
Co-authorsStephen Lawrence, Adrian Page
2004Sugo HO, Page AW, Moghtaderi B, 'Experimental Study Of The Thermal Performance Of Australian Masonry Housing - An Overview', Proceedings of the 7th Australasian Masonry Conference, Newcastle, Australia (2004) [E1]
Co-authorsBehdad Moghtaderi, Adrian Page
2004Testone T, Sugo HO, Page AW, Lawrence S, 'A Study On Factors Affecting Mortar Durability Using The Scratch Test - Preliminary Results', Proceedings of the 7th Australasian Masonry Conference, Newcastle, Australia (2004) [E1]
Co-authorsAdrian Page, Stephen Lawrence
2004Page AW, Moghtaderi B, Sugo HO, 'A Comparative Study Of The Thermal Performance Of Cavity And Brick Veneer Construction', Proceedings of the 13th Internatonal Brick/Block Masonry Conference, Amsterdam (2004) [E1]
Co-authorsBehdad Moghtaderi, Adrian Page
2004Testone T, Sugo HO, Page AW, Lawrence S, 'A Study Of Mortar Durability Using The Scratch Test', Proceedings of the 13th Internatonal Brick/Block Masonry Conference, Amsterdam (2004) [E1]
Co-authorsAdrian Page, Stephen Lawrence
2004Bosiljkov VB, Sugo HO, Page AW, Lawrence S, 'The Influence Of Cement Replacement Materials On The Flexural Bond Strength Of Masonry', Proceedings of the 13th Internatonal Brick/Block Masonry Conference, Amsterdam (2004) [E1]
Co-authorsStephen Lawrence, Adrian Page
2003Page AW, Sugo HO, Lawrence S, 'The Influence Of Blended Cements On Masonry Bond Strength - An Ongoing Study', Proceedings of the International Conference On Performance Of Construction Materials In The New Millenium (ICPCM), Cairo, Egypt (2003) [E1]
Co-authorsAdrian Page, Stephen Lawrence
2003Clark MJ, Sugo HO, Page AW, 'Thermal Performance Of Australian Masonry Housing - A Preliminary Study', Ninth North American Masonry Conference, Clemson, South Carolina, United States (2003) [E2]
Co-authorsAdrian Page
2001Sugo HO, Page AW, Lawrence S, 'The Influence of Air Entraining Agent on Bond Strength and Mortar Microstructure', Proceedings of the 6th Australasian Masonry Conference, Adelaide (2001) [E1]
Co-authorsStephen Lawrence, Adrian Page
2001Sugo HO, Page AW, Lawrence S, 'The Development of Mortar/Unit Bond', Proceedings of the 6th Australasian Masonry Conference, Adelaide (2001) [E1]
Co-authorsStephen Lawrence, Adrian Page
2001Totoev YZ, Page AW, Sugo HO, 'Experimental Identification of Moisture Transport Parameters for Brick and Mortar', Proceedings of the 9th Canadian Masonry Symposium, New Brunswick, Canada (2001) [E1]
Co-authorsAdrian Page, Yuri Totoev
2001Sugo HO, Page AW, Lawrence S, 'Small-scale Direct Tension Test for the Determination of Bond Strength and Mortar Microstructure in Masonry', Proceedings of the International Rilem Workshop on Site Control and Non Destructive Evaluation of Masonry - Structures and Material, Milan (2001) [E2]
Co-authorsAdrian Page, Stephen Lawrence
2000Sugo HO, Page AW, Lawrence SJ, 'A Study of Bond Strength and Mortar Microstructure Developed Using Masonry Cement', 12th International Masonry Conference, Proceedings, Madrid, Spain (2000) [E2]
Co-authorsAdrian Page
1999Totoev YZ, Sugo HO, 'Finite element modeling of moisture transport through the brick-mortar interface', Proceedings of the 16th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials, Sydney, Australia (1999) [E1]
Co-authorsYuri Totoev
1999Sugo HO, Page AW, Lawrence S, 'Improving the bond strength of mortars overdosed with air entraining agents', Proceedings the Eighth North American Masonry Conference, Austin, Texas, USA (1999) [E1]
Co-authorsAdrian Page, Stephen Lawrence
1998Sugo HO, Page AW, Lawrence SJ, 'Influence of Age on Bond Strength and Mortar Microstructure in Clay Brickwork', Proceedings of the 5th Australasian Masonry Conference, Gladstone, Queensland, Australia (1998) [E1]
Co-authorsAdrian Page
1998Sugo HO, Page AW, Lawrence SJ, 'The Influence of Lime and Methyl Cellulose on the Microstructure and Bond Strength of Mortars in Combination with Calcium Silicate Units', Proceedings of the 8th Canadian Masonry Symposium, Jasper, Alberta, Canada (1998) [E1]
Co-authorsAdrian Page
1997Sugo HO, Page AW, Lawrence SJ, 'A study of bond mechanisms in masonry', MECHANICS OF STRUCTURES AND MATERIALS, UNIV MELBOURNE, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (1997)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants19
Total funding$2,027,440

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20141 grants / $20,000

High Energy Density - High Delivery Rate Thermal Energy Storage$20,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamProfessor Erich Kisi, Doctor Thomas Fiedler, Doctor Heber Sugo
SchemeNear Miss Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1301384
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20124 grants / $34,678

2011 Emerging Research Leaders Program$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Heber Sugo
SchemeEmerging Research Leaders Program
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1201059
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Field emission properties of Mn+1AXn phases$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project TeamProfessor Erich Kisi, Doctor Heber Sugo
SchemePilot Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200355
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Energy harvesting using ferroic and multi-ferroic materials$7,000

Funding body: CSIRO - Energy Technology

Funding bodyCSIRO - Energy Technology
Project TeamProfessor Erich Kisi, Doctor Heber Sugo
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200006
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category2OPC
UONY

Multiple AINSE Awards for 2012$2,678

Funding body: AINSE (Australian Institute of Nuclear Science & Engineering)

Funding bodyAINSE (Australian Institute of Nuclear Science & Engineering)
Project TeamProfessor Erich Kisi, Doctor Chris Wensrich, Doctor Heber Sugo
SchemeAINSE Award
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1201002
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category1NS
UONY

20101 grants / $515,359

Fabrication of Thermionic Devices Using Directional Solidification/Sintering Processes for High Temperature CST Applications$515,359

Funding body: Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

Funding bodyAustralian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)
Project TeamProfessor Erich Kisi, Doctor Heber Sugo
SchemeR & D Project (Basic) (ASI)
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNoG0900086
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

20093 grants / $775,000

Thermal Performance of Tiles and Steel Roofing Materials$55,000

Funding body: Roofing Tile Association of Australia Inc

Funding bodyRoofing Tile Association of Australia Inc
Project TeamDoctor Heber Sugo
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2009
GNoG0190610
Type Of FundingContract - Aust Non Government
Category3AFC
UONY

20061 grants / $153,500

Thermal Performance of Housing - Assessment of the Thermal Characteristics of Roofing Materials$153,500

Funding body: Roofing Tile Association of Australia Inc

Funding bodyRoofing Tile Association of Australia Inc
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Adrian Page, Doctor Heber Sugo
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2006
GNoG0186996
Type Of FundingContract - Aust Non Government
Category3AFC
UONY

20051 grants / $2,315

10th Canadian Masonry Symposium, 8-12 June 2005$2,315

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Heber Sugo
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2005
Funding Finish2005
GNoG0185550
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20044 grants / $89,188

Experimental Modelling of Masonry buildings Thermal Performance$70,668

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamProfessor Behdad Moghtaderi, Emeritus Professor Adrian Page, Doctor Heber Sugo, Ms C Inglis
SchemeLinkage Projects
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2004
Funding Finish2004
GNoG0184245
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

Experimental Modelling of Masonry buildings Thermal Performance$15,000

Funding body: Clay Brick and Paver Institute

Funding bodyClay Brick and Paver Institute
Project TeamProfessor Behdad Moghtaderi, Emeritus Professor Adrian Page, Doctor Heber Sugo
SchemeLinkage Projects Partner funding
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2004
Funding Finish2004
GNoG0184895
Type Of FundingContract - Aust Non Government
Category3AFC
UONY

13th International Brick/Block Masonry Conference, 4 - 7 July 2004, Holland$2,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Heber Sugo
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2004
Funding Finish2004
GNoG0184295
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

The influence of exposure environment on brick-to-mortar bond strength - A preliminary study using impedance spectroscopy.$1,120

Funding body: AINSE (Australian Institute of Nuclear Science & Engineering)

Funding bodyAINSE (Australian Institute of Nuclear Science & Engineering)
Project TeamDoctor Heber Sugo
SchemeUse of Facilities Only
RoleLead
Funding Start2004
Funding Finish2004
GNoG0183638
Type Of FundingScheme excluded from IGS
CategoryEXCL
UONY

20033 grants / $317,400

The development of a hybrid energy simulation model for masonry enclosures$240,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Adrian Page, Professor Behdad Moghtaderi, Doctor Heber Sugo, Ms C Inglis
SchemeLinkage Projects
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2003
Funding Finish2003
GNoG0182783
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

The development of a hybrid energy simulation model for masonry enclosures$75,000

Funding body: Clay Brick and Paver Institute

Funding bodyClay Brick and Paver Institute
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Adrian Page, Professor Behdad Moghtaderi, Doctor Heber Sugo
SchemeLinkage Projects Partner funding
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2003
Funding Finish2003
GNoG0182784
Type Of FundingContract - Aust Non Government
Category3AFC
UONY

9th North American Masonry Conference, Clemson, South Carolina 1-4 June, 2003.$2,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Heber Sugo
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2003
Funding Finish2003
GNoG0183082
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20021 grants / $120,000

Investigation of factors affecting durability of masonry mortar.$120,000

Funding body: Cement Concrete and Aggregates Australia

Funding bodyCement Concrete and Aggregates Australia
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Adrian Page, Doctor Heber Sugo
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2002
GNoG0182527
Type Of FundingContract - Aust Non Government
Category3AFC
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015The Application of Thermonics to Concentrating Solar Power Generation
Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2013Modelling and Application of Advanced Thermal Storage Materials
Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2012Thermionic Emission from MAX Phase
Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015Synthesis and Thermionic Properties of Oxide-Tungsten Composites and Boride Materials for Solar Thermionic Energy Conversion
Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Principal Supervisor
2010Smart Utilisation of Thermal Mass in Masonry Buildings
Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2006The Influence of Material and Site Factors on Mortar Durability
Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Heber Sugo

Position

Research Associate
Discipline of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics. School of Engineering
School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Focus area

Environmental Engineering

Contact Details

Emailheber.sugo@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 7048
Fax(02) 4921 6946

Office

RoomES316
BuildingES
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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