Dr Andy Nichols
MEng Engineering Lecturer
Lecturer in Water Engineering
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD
Tel: +44(0) 114 222 0256
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5700
Room: Mappin E108
By exploring new technologies and more cost-effective methods of hydro-environmental sensing my research aims to improve monitoring methods for the water industry, reduce costs and improve water system management.
dr andy nichols
Andy joined the department in 2015 after working as research associate on a number of industry and EPSRC funded projects. He was recruited as a Lecturer for the new cross-faculty MEng Engineering interdisciplinary degree program.
Andy’s research focuses on the development of new sensing technology, primarily for the water industry, to improve and provide new opportunities for the measurement and management of processes in water courses, from rural rivers to urban sewers. His research uses a range of sensing principles including optical, electrical, acoustic and infrared. His expertise in designing new instrumentation and experimental facilities enables the sensing and understanding of hydro-environmental processes in the natural and built environments.
Andy focuses on the science of flowing water surfaces, and the technology to measure them. This allows the use of their unique signatures to identify the hydraulic processes occurring within the flow. He aims to develop links with other important hydro-environmental processes such as greenhouse gas evasion, pollutant mixing, and sediment transport and has developed a number of sensing technologies for this purpose, resulting in two international patent applications and a number of national awards. His work ranges from laboratory studies in collaboration with academic colleagues to field studies with industrial partners and local authorities.
Activities and Distinctions
- Sheffield Early Career Researcher Scheme 2015
- SET for Britain 2012 finalist
- CIWEM new generations competition 2012 winner
- IAHR UK young person’s paper competition 2012 winner
- SWIG early career researcher competition 2012 winner
- Meetings Secretary for the Tyne & Humber branch of the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management
- Gabreil E, Tait S, Shao S & Nichols A (2018) SPHysics simulation of laboratory shallow free surface turbulent flows over a rough bed. Journal of Hydraulic Research/De Recherches Hydrauliques. View this article in WRRO
- Kazemi E, Nichols A, Tait S & Shao S (2017) SPH modelling of depth-limited turbulent open channel flows over rough boundaries. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, 83(1), 3-27. View this article in WRRO
- Horoshenkov K, Van Renterghem T, Nichols A & Krynkin A (2016) Finite difference time domain modelling of sound scattering by the dynamically rough surface of a turbulent open channel flow. Journal of Applied Acoustics, 110, 13-22. View this article in WRRO
- Nichols A, Tait S, Horoshenkov K & Shepherd S (2016) A model of the free surface dynamics of shallow turbulent flows. Journal of Hydraulic Research, 54(5), 516-526. View this article in WRRO
- Krynkin A, Horoshenkov KV, Nichols A & Tait SJ (2014) A non-invasive acoustical method to measure the mean roughness height of the free surface of a turbulent shallow water flow. Review of Scientific Instruments, 85(11). View this article in WRRO
- Nichols A, Tait S, Horoshenkov K & Shepherd S (2013) A Non-invasive wave monitor. Flow Measurement and Instrumentation, 34, 118-126. View this article in WRRO
- Horoshenkov KV, Nichols A, Tait SJ & Maximov GA (2013) The pattern of surface waves in a shallow free surface flow. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-EARTH SURFACE, 118(3), 1864-1876. View this article in WRRO
- Nichols A (2013) Low cost on-line non-invasive sewer flow monitoring. Water Practice & Technology, 8(3-4), 461-468. View this article in WRRO
- Nichols A, Attenborough K & Taherzadeh S (2011) Deduction of static surface roughness from complex excess attenuation. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 129(3), EL89-EL93.
- Kazemi E, Tait S, Shao S & Nichols A (2016) Potential Application of Mesh-Free SPH Method in Turbulent River Flows In Rowiński P & Marion A (Ed.), Hydrodynamic and Mass Transport at Freshwater Aquatic Interfaces View this article in WRRO
- Nichols A, Horoshenkov K, Tait S & Shepherd S (2014) Making use of turbulence and its interaction with sound: A non-invasive flow monitor, Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering (pp. 283-288).
Conference proceedings papers
- Cho Y-H, Rubinato M & Nichols A (2017) The Kinect sensor as a tool for remote flow characterisation. Proceeding of the 37th IAHR World Congress, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 13-18 August, 2017 (pp 5600-5607), 13 August 2017 - 18 August 2017.
- Nichols A & Rubinato M (2016) Low-cost 3D mapping of turbulent flow surfaces. Sustainable Hydraulics in the Era of Global Change - Proceedings of the 4th European Congress of the International Association of Hydroenvironment engineering and Research, IAHR 2016 (pp 186-192)
- Miozzo C, Marion A, Nichols A & Tait SJ (2016) Turbulent momentum exchange over a natural gravel bed. Sustainable Hydraulics in the Era of Global Change - Proceedings of the 4th European Congress of the International Association of Hydroenvironment engineering and Research, IAHR 2016 (pp 210-217)
- Nichols A, Tait S & Horoshenkov K (2015) TURBULENT FLOW SURFACE DYNAMICS. PROCEEDINGS OF THE 36TH IAHR WORLD CONGRESS (pp 3032-3041)
- Nichols A, Horoshenkov KV & Tait SJ (2014) Shallow gravel-bed river flows: The behaviour of the free surface and the flow information contained within. River Flow 2014 (pp 301-309)
- Nichols A, Horoshenkov KV & Tait SJ (2014) Shallow gravel-bed river flows: The behaviour of the free surface and the flow information contained within. Proceedings of the International Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics, RIVER FLOW 2014 (pp 301-309)
- Nichols A & Shepherd SJ (2012) Visualizing the variation in normality of a turbulent velocity field. River Flow 2012 - Proceedings of the International Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics, Vol. 1 (pp 85-89)
- Nichols A, Tait SJ & Horoshenkov KV (2012) Characterization of shallow flows using novel acoustic instrumentation. River Flow 2012 - Proceedings of the International Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics, Vol. 2 (pp 1285-1292)
- Horoshenkov KV, Nichols A, Tait SJ & Maximov G (2011) Ultrasonic characterisation of rough water surface in turbulent open channel flows. Proceedings of Forum Acusticum (pp 2451-2453)
- Nichols A, Horoshenkov K, Shepherd S, Attenborough K & Tait S (2010) Sonic Characterisation of Water Surface Waves. ADVANCES IN HYDRAULIC PHYSICAL MODELING AND FIELD INVESTMENT AND INVESTIGATION (pp 40-47)
- Nichols A, Cho Y-H & Rubinato M () Sensing of free-surface patterns in opaque flows using Kinect. Proceedings of HydroSenSoft 2017
- Nichols A, Legge A, Tait S, Jensen H & Ashley R () Characterisation of particles from food waste disposers and their expected behaviour in sewers. Proceedings of the 14th IWA/IAHR International Conference on Urban Drainage