Professor Sture K M Holmberg

CV, Brief Curriculum Vitae

Sture Holmberg

Date of Birth

27th of June, 1951

Current Position

Head of Division/ Avdelningschef, Fluid and Climate Technology, (ABE), KTH

Contact numbers

Phone: +46 - (0) 8 - 790 97 75

Mobile: +46 - (0) 70 - 564 34 30



  • MSc, School of Chemical Engineering, Åbo Akademi, Finland, 1978
  • PhD, School of Mechanical Engineering (Heating and Ventilation), Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, 1987
  • Associate Professor (docent), School of Architecture, Surveying and Civil Engineerig (Indoor Climate and Ventilation), KTH, 1999
  • Professor in Fluid and Climate Theory at School of Technology and Health, KTH, 2007

Research Experience

From 1979 to 1989 Sture Holmberg was responsible for research and development projects in building fluid dynamics, at the National Swedish Institute for Building Research (SIB). During his last two years at this institute i.e., after the PhD degree, he was active in the use and development of CFD programs for building airflows. Experimental work, in collaboration with Professor Mats Sandberg, was used to validate the computer models. Professor Holmberg’s work on numerical CFD methods was a close collaboration with Professor Laszlo Fuchs, Department of Mechanics, KTH, and Professor Lars Davidson, Department of Thermo and Fluid Dynamics, Chalmers University of Technology.

In 1990 Professor Holmberg joined the Swedish National Institute for Working Life (Arbetslivsinstitutet). His main research activities there included: evaluations of modern airflow concepts, investigations of the function of different air distribution principles, development of ventilation efficiency measures, and numerical methods to predict air and particle flows in work environments. His ultimate goal is still ’healthy and energy efficient’ indoor environments. In this work CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) predictions are of particular interest. Building energy predictions and heat transfer are important parts of ongoing research. 

Professor Holmberg is supervising PhD students, and regularly involved in different teaching activities. His international contacts and collaborations have been of great help for the development of his research area in Sweden. In January 1998 he joined the Department of Built Environment, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, in May 2000 he became head of the Constructional Engineering and design Department at Campus Haninge and 2012 he joined the ABE school at KTH main campus in Stockholm.

Overseas visits

In 1996 Professor Holmberg was a visiting scientist at CSIRO Australia in Melbourne. He was invited by the Advanced Thermal Technologies Laboratory at the Division of Building, Construction and Engineering.

In the spring of 1999 he was a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), invited by the Building Technology Program.

Some recent Publication (Peer reviewed Journals)

Hesaraki A., Holmberg S., Haghighat F. Seasonal thermal energy storage with heat pumps and low temperatures in building projects—A comparative review (2015) Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 43 1199–1213

Gustafsson, M., Dermentzis, G., Myhren, J.A., Bales, C., Ochs, F., Holmberg, S., Feist, W. Energy performance comparison of three innovative HVAC systems for renovation through dynamic simulation.(2014) Energy and Buildings, 82, pp. 512-519.

Sadrizadeh, S., Tammelin, A., Nielsen, P.V., Holmberg, S.Does a mobile laminar airflow screen reduce bacterial contamination in the operating room? A numerical study using computational fluid dynamics technique (2014) Patient Safety in Surgery, 8 (1), art. no. 27, .

Sadrizadeh, S., Tammelin, A., Ekolind, P., Holmberg, S.Influence of staff number and internal constellation on surgical site infection in an operating room (2014) Particuology, 13 (1), pp. 42-51.

Ploskić, A., Holmberg, S.Performance evaluation of radiant baseboards (skirtings) for room heating - An analytical and experimental approach (2014) Applied Thermal Engineering, 62 (2), pp. 382-389.

Ploskić, A., Holmberg, S. Low-temperature ventilation pre-heater in combination with conventional room heaters (2013) Energy and Buildings, 65, pp. 248-259.

Hesaraki, A., Holmberg, S. An investigation of energy efficient and sustainable heating systems for buildings: Combining photovoltaics with heat pump (2013) Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies, 22, pp. 189-197.

Hesaraki, A., Holmberg, S. Energy performance of low temperature heating systems in five new-built swedish dwellings: A case study using simulations and on-site measurements (2013) Building and Environment, 64, pp. 85-93.

Myhren, J.A., Holmberg, S. Performance evaluation of ventilation radiators (2013) Applied Thermal Engineering, 51 (1-2), pp. 315-324.

Myhren, J.A., Holmberg, S.Improving the thermal performance of ventilation radiators - The role of internal convection fins (2011) International Journal of Thermal Sciences, 50 (2), pp. 115-123.

Ploskić, A., Holmberg, S.Low-temperature baseboard heaters with integrated air supply - An analytical and numerical investigation (2011) Building and Environment, 46 (1), pp. 176-186.

Pitsch, S., Holmberg, S., Angster, J. Ventilation system design for a church pipe organ using numerical simulation and on-site measurement (2010) Building and Environment, 45 (12), pp. 2629-2643.

Ploskić, A., Holmberg, S. Heat emission from thermal skirting boards (2010) Building and Environment, 45 (5), pp. 1123-1133.

Alsmo, T., Holmberg, S. A study of sources of airborne pollutants and poor hygiene in schools (2010) Indoor and Built Environment, 19 (2), pp. 298-304.

Myhren, J.A., Holmberg, S. Design considerations with ventilation-radiators: Comparisons to traditional two-panel radiators

(2009) Energy and Buildings, 41 (1), pp. 92-100.

Guha, J., Holmberg, S. A numerical and experimental evaluation of a natural wind driven suction cylinder for building ventilation

(2008) International Journal of Ventilation, 7 (3), pp. 197-206.

Myhren, J.A., Holmberg, S. Flow patterns and thermal comfort in a room with panel, floor and wall heating (2008) Energy and Buildings, 40 (4), pp. 524-536.

Alsmo, T., Holmberg, S. Sick buildings or not: Indoor air quality and health problems in schools (2007) Indoor and Built Environment, 16 (6), pp. 548-555.

Einberg, G., Hagström, K., Mustakallio, P., Koskela, H., Holmberg, S. CFD modelling of an industrial air diffuser - Predicting velocity and temperature in the near zone (2005) Building and Environment, 40 (5), pp. 601-615.

Holmberg, S., Chen, Q. Air flow and particle control with different ventilation systems in a classroom (2003) Indoor Air, 13 (2), pp. 200-204.

Peng, S.-H., Davidson, L., Holmberg, S. A modified low-Reynolds-number k-ω model for recirculating flows (1997) Journal of Fluids Engineering, Transactions of the ASME, 119 (4), pp. 867-875.

Peng, S.-H., Holmberg, S., Davidson, L. On the assessment of ventilation performance with the aid of numerical simulations (1997) Building and Environment, 32 (6), pp. 497-508.

Li, Y., Holmberg, S. General flow and thermal boundary conditions in indoor air flow simulation (1994) Building and Environment, 29 (3), pp. 275-281.

Li, Y., Holmberg, S., Paprocki, A., Tang, Y.-Q. Simulation of room flows with small ventilation openings by a local grid-refinement technique

(1994) Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, 15 (1), pp. 1-10.

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