Our Research Projects

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Current Projects

Water Engineering
Title Funding Body PI
iWharfe DNA: Bathing Water Quality and Microbiology The Ensis Trust Dr Isabel Douterelo Soler
Efficient Surrogate Modelling for Sustainable Management of Complex Seawater Intrusion-Impacted Aquifers EPSRC Dr Domenico Bao
Flexible design and operation of water resource systems to tackle the triple challenge of climate change, the energy transition, and population growth EPSRC Dr Charles Rouge
Smart forecasting: joined-up flood forecasting (FF) infrastructure with uncertainties EPSRC Dr Georges Kesserwani
Integrating microbial genomics in sustainable urban water management Royal Society Dr Isabel Douterelo Soler
Chlorine and Biomonitoring Severn Trent Water

Dr Katherine Fish

Prof Joby Boxall

Modelling Mixing Mechanisms in 1D Water Network Models EPSRC Prof Ian Guymer
To Chlorinate or Not to Chlorinate EPSRC

Prof Joby Boxall

Prof Vanessa Speight

Dr Isabel Douterelo Soler

Dr Katherine Fish

Pervasive Sensing for Buried Pipes EPSRC

Prof Simon Tait

Prof Joby Boxall

Co-UDlabs European Union

Prof Simon Tait

Dr Alma Schellart

Dr James Shucksmith

Dr Isabel Douterelo Soler

Dr Henriette Jensen

Anaerobic biodegradation of ETBE Shell Prof Steve Thornton
INFLUENCE: Impact of Nitrate Fluxes to Water from Seasonally Frozen Soils under Climate Warming EPSRC Prof Steve Thornton
Unlocking resilient benefits from African water ESRC Prof Vanessa Speight
Water-Quality-as-a-Service (Treatment to Tap) Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat)

Prof Joby Boxall

Dr Stewart Husband

Managing Background Leakage Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat)

Prof Joby Boxall

Prof Vanessa Speight

Dr Richard Collins

PODDS UK Industry

Prof Joby Boxall

Dr Stewart Husband

Geotechnical Engineering
Title Funding Body

PI

Hole Erosion Test ICE Dr Elisabeth Bowman
Submarine mass movements and their interaction with critical offshore infrastructure EPSRC Dr Alessandro Leonardi
Unlocking the potential of biopolymer soil stabilisation EPSRC Dr Colin Smith
Resources, Infrastructure Systems and built Environments
Title Funding Body

PI

BuildZero : Transforming the UK's buildings for zero material extraction, zero carbon
and zero waste
EPSRC Dr Danielle Densley Tingley
Embedding circular economy considerations within built environment governance EPSRC IAA

Dr Charles Gillott

Dr Danielle Densley Tingley

Multi-scale, circular economic potential of non-residential building stock EPSRC Dr Danielle Densley Tingley
KE-EOI: The changing profile of climate related transport infrastructure failure in the North IAA Dr Hadi Arbabi
Structural Engineering & Materials
Title Funding Body

PI

Three-dimensional electrical tomography for imaging large concrete members EPSRC Dr Giacomo Torelli
Efficient design approach for PV-membrane structures via layout optimization Royal Society Dr Linwei He
Behavior of the interfaces between steel and timber members at elevated temperatures Innovation Fund Denmark

Dr Martyn McLaggan

Prof Ian Burgess

Prof Buick Davison

Dr Shan-Shan Huang

UHP.RTYF.Geo-Crete EPSRC Dr Maurizio Guadagnini 
Study on the stability of high strength steel beams considering restraint and creep effects in fire Royal Society Dr Shan-Shan Huang
New Generation of Resilient Lightweight Cold-Formed Steel Structures British Council

Dr Zuhal Ozdemir

Prof Iman Hajirasouliha

Predictive thermo-hygral design of concrete for nuclear energy de-risking EPSRC IAA

Dr Giacomo Torelli

Dr Maurizio Guadagnini

The second life of modern period architecture: Resilient and adaptive renovation towards net-zero carbon heritage buildings European Commission - Horizon Europe Dr Giacomo Torelli
Contaminated concrete removal using controlled heat-induced spalling British Council Dr Giacomo Torelli
Hybrid Lightweight Structural Systems for Low-Cost Housing (HYLIGHTS) EPSRC

Prof Iman Hajirasouliha

Prof Buick Davison

LIGHTSTEEL: New Generation of Lightweight Steel Elements for Sustainable Resilient Construction Innovate UK Prof Iman Hajirasouliha
New Generation of Sustainable Lightweight Cold-Formed Steel Structures Royal Society Prof Iman Hajirasouliha
Exploiting the resilience of masonry arch bridge infrastructure EPSRC Prof Matthew Gilbert
Use of optimally placed laser cut steel to accelerate the adoption of low embodied carbon construction materials EPSRC IAA/Metlase (UK Industry)

Prof Matthew Gilbert

Dr Helen Fairclough

Dr Giacomo Torelli

Hybrid optimization of skeletal and continuum structures LIMITSTATE LTD Dr Helen Fairclough
Blast & Impact Engineering
Title Funding Body

PI

MicroBlast: Understanding and predicting blast loading in complex environments EPSRC

Dr Sam Rigby

Prof Sam Clarke

Prof Andrew Tyas

Prof Genevieve Langdon

RAEng Industrial Fellowship - Machine Learning Applications for Blast Protection Engineering Royal Academy of Engineering Dr Sam Rigby
High Explosive Advanced Diagnostics and Media Modelling (HEADaMM) EPSRC

Prof Genevieve Langdon

Prof Sam Clarke

Dr Andrew Barr

Dr Sam Rigby

Prof Andrew Tyas

RAEng Chair in Near and Far Field Blast Research

DSTL

Royal Academy of Engineering

Prof Andrew Tyas

 

Past Projects

Water Engineering
Title Funding Body PI
TWENTY65 EPSRC Prof Joby Boxall
Smart Water 4 Europe EU Prof Joby Boxall
Contaminant Ingress into Distribution systems (CID) EPSRC Prof Joby Boxall
Shift2Rail European Union / Network Rail Dr Andy Nichols
Urban Green DaMS (Design and Modelling of Sustainable Drainage Systems) EPSRC Prof Virginia Stovin

Effect of microbial community interactions on ETBE biodegradation potential in groundwater

CONCAWE Prof Steve Thornton
Wat Qual EUROPEAN COMMISSION - HORIZON 2020 Prof Vanessa Speight
Material Destiny ANGLIAN WATER SERVICES LIMITED Prof Vanessa Speight
Residence Times in Vegetated Stormwater Ponds EPSRC

Prof Ian Guymer

Prof Virginia Stovin

Distributed Fibre-optic Cable Sensing for Buried Pipe Infrastructure EPSRC Prof Simon Tait
Geotechnical Engineering
Title Funding Body PI
Particle-Scale Investigation of Seepage Induced Geotechnical Instability EPSRC Dr Elisabeth Bowman

The Rosetta Stone Network: Physical testing towards a common understanding of debris flow

LEVERHULME TRUST Dr Elisabeth Bowman
Resources, Infrastructure Systems and built Environments
Title Funding Body PI
Sheffield Urban Flows Observatory EPSRC

Prof Martin Mayfield-Tulip

Dr Danielle Densley-Tingley

Dr Giuliano Punzo

Structural Engineering & Materials
Title Funding Body PI

INTEGRADDE

EUROPEAN COMMISSION - HORIZON 2020

Prof Matthew Gilbert

Prof Colin Smith

Gre.a.te.r.s (GREen Advanced TEchnologies for the Retrofitting of masonry Structures)

EUROPEAN COMMISSION - HORIZON 2020

Dr Maurizio Guadagnini
Blast & Impact Engineering
Title Funding Body PI
Mechanisms & Characterisation of Explosions EPSRC Prof Andrew Tyas
MicroBlast de-risking MOD Dr Sam Rigby
Blast and Impact Diagnostics Laboratory EPSRC

Prof Sam Clarke

Dr Sam Rigby

Prof Andrew Tyas

 

EPSRC Centre in Doctoral Training in Water Infrastructure and Resilience

This Centre in Doctoral Training nurtures a new generation of research leaders to provide multi-disciplinary, disruptive thinking to enhance the resilience of new and existing water infrastructure. The CDT seeks to improve the resilience of water infrastructure which conveys and treats water and wastewater as well as the impacts of water on other infrastructure systems which provide vital public services in urban environments.

Student Researchers
Student Academic Supervisor(s) Industrial Sponsor(s) Project Title & Details
Jade Rogers

Prof. Joby Boxall

Prof. Vanessa Speight

Dr. Kat Fish

Scottish Water

Managing biofilms and material accumulation in drinking water distribution systems to protect drinking water safety

Reinar Lokk

Dr Stewart Husband

Prof. Joby Boxall

United Utilities

Moving Material - Hydraulic Management of Discolouration Risk

Thomas Langshaw

Dr Richard Collins

Prof. Joby Boxall

UKWIR

Modelling the Stress Response of Cast Iron Pipes during Hydraulic Transients

Matthew MacRorie

Dr Richard Collins

Prof. Vanessa Speight

Anglian Water, WaterAid

Household Water Usage under Intermittent Water Supply

Phillipp Mohan

Dr Alma Schellart

Prof. Simon Tait

STANTEC

Developing a Risk-Based Investment Decision Making Tool that Accounts for Predictive Uncertainty in Water Framework Directive Studies

Edward John

Prof. Luca Susmel

Prof. Joby Boxall

UKWIR

Understanding how the deterioration of cast iron pipes evolves into leakage

Anna Charatzidou Prof. Steve Thornton Scottish Water

Effects of microplastics on interactions between soil biota, soil structure and crop performance in sewage sludge amended soils

Alan Smalley

Dr James Shucksmith

Dr Isabel Douterelo Soler

Prof. Vanessa Speight

Thames Water

Real time forecasting of Cryptosporidium in rivers to improve drinking water supply resilience

Isabel Carneiro Cardoso da Silva Prof. Joby Boxall UKWIR

Achieving Biological Stability in Drinking Water Supply Systems

Charlie Whitelegg

Dr Richard Collins

Prof. Joby Boxall

Scottish Water

Unlocking the potential of hydraulic transients as a source of information about water distribution networks

George Crowley

Dr Iñaki Esnaola

Prof. Simon Tait

Prof. George Panoutsos

Prof. Vanessa Speight

Thames Water

Machine Learning Methods for Monitoring of Complex Water and Sewer Network Infrastructure

Ishara Perera

Prof. Joby Boxall

Prof. Vanessa Speight

Scottish Water

Data density to predictive power – intelligent water distribution networks

Kaeli Brazier

Dr James Shucksmith

Dr Andy Nichols

H2020 EU Co-UD Labs

Understanding the risks associated with contaminated floodwater from urban drainage systems

Gareth Cotton

Dr James Shucksmith

Prof. Simon Tait

Dr Alma Schellart

Environmental Monitoring Solutions (EMS)

Data Driven Real Time Control of Urban Drainage Systems

Fran Wilson

Prof. Virginia Stovin

Dr Simon De-Ville

Severn Trent Water

Monitoring and Evaluation of the Sustainable Urban Drainage systems in Mansfield

Mohammad Reza Shekofteh

Prof. Kirill Horoshenkov

Prof. Joby Boxall

Northumbrian Water

Proactive Water Network Management

Uzayr Soni

Dr Kat Fish

Prof. Joby Boxall

Dr Fran Pick

Severn Trent Water

Welsh Water

Scottish Water

Anglian Water

Managing drinking water sample lines for microbial compliance

Roman Tijsseling

Dr Stewart Husband

Prof. Joby Boxall

South Staffordshire Water

Evaluating capital and operational performance in Water Infrastructure using short-term mobile monitoring to track impacts to network health

Tomas Hotzel Escardo

Dr Andy Nichols

Prof. Jungong Han

Network Rail

Advanced sensing and machine learning for risk detection in rail environments

Our league table rankings

Top 100 Civil & Structural Engineering department in the world and 9th in the UK according to the QS World University rankings by subject (2023).

10th in the UK according to the Times University League Table (2024).

12th in the UK according to the Complete University Guide (2024).

Centres of excellence

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