Digital Twinning Thermal and Energy Systems


Submit your paper here!


A digital twin may be defined as a platform in which a physical entity and its virtual counterpart influence each other continuously until the influence on the physical entity leads to a desired outcome, as shown in the figure below. A desired outcome may be obtained in multiple different ways. For example, a desired effect may be achieved by a better understanding of a process and using the knowledge to influence the physical system. Thus, any attempt to replicate a physical system or process using an information-driven virtual model that leads to a better outcome is within the scope of this special issue. This special issue is particularly interested in digital shadowing and twining. 

Digital twin

Digital shadowing: A continuously evolving digital copy of a physical system using sparse data from the physical system.

Digital twin: A digital copy of the system, created using a continuous flow of data from the physical system, controlling the physical system.

What we are looking for: We are looking for data-driven modelling of thermal or energy systems as a minimum requirement. This could include digital shadowing or digital twining of a physical system. The following topics are some examples, but authors are invited to submit papers within the broader topic of digital twinning. 

  1. A virtual copy of a physical system or process that uses at least one set of data from the physical system.
  2. Digital twin demonstrators, including using surrogate (computational) physical systems.
  3. Dynamic (time-dependent) digital shadows.
  4. Health monitoring of thermal or energy systems.
  5. Embedding data into physics-based models.
  6. Enhancing physics-based models using data and machine learning and vice versa.
  7. Methods for combining data, AI and physics-based models.
  8. Any other relevant topic.

If any papers fall outside this special issue's scope but within the journal's scope, they will be considered for a standard issue. All papers will be peer-reviewed by at least two independent reviewers, and only papers with original contributions or valuable reviews will be considered for possible publication. Once accepted, papers will be published rapidly, and a virtual special issue will be compiled online with all relevant papers.

Guest Editors

Perumal Nithiarasu,
Swansea University, UK
[email protected]

Michelle Tindall,
UK Atomic Energy Authority, UK
[email protected]

Submissions Information

Submissions are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts. Registration and access are available by clicking the button below.

Submit your paper here!   

Author guidelines must be strictly followed.

Authors should select (from the drop-down menu) the special issue title at the appropriate step in the submission process, i.e. in response to “Please select the issue you are submitting to”. 

Submitted articles must not have been previously published, nor should they be under consideration for publication anywhere else, while under review for this journal.

Key Deadlines

Closing date for manuscripts submission: 31 Dec 2024