Prof. Simon Tait
Professor of Water Engineering
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD
Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 5771
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5700
PhD (University of Aberdeen), BSc(Eng) (University of Aberdeen)
Simon's primary research focus is on the processes associated with erosion, transportation and deposition of sediment in river and urban drainage systems, with a strong emphasis on fundamental flow and grain processes. Linked to this theme is his work in turbulence and free surface wave dynamics associated with flows over rough, water worked sediment deposits. His secondary interests are in applying and developing improved measurement and management methodologies to allow urban water infrastructure systems to cope better with pressures caused by climate change, changing patterns of use and physical deterioration. Current work also includes the study of energy use and recovery in urban water systems.
Activities and Distinctions
- Chair of the IWA Working Group in Data and Models
- Guest Professor – Sichuan University (2013-2016)
- 2013-2017 HYTECH – Hydrodynamic Transport in Ecologically Critical Interfaces – Lead partner University of Padua, funded by ERA, €596,000, investigators at Sheffield, Simon Tait and Songdong Shao.
- 2011-2014 Innovative Energy Recovery Strategies in the Urban Water Cycle INEERS – Lead Partner WGS, funded by EU Interreg, €282,500, investigators Simon Tait, Alma Schellart, Mostafa Mohamad (Univ of Bradford), Rob Pheasant (Univ of Bradford)
- 2011-2015 Pennine Water Group: Water Systems for a Changing World, funded by EPSRC, £1,201,728, investigators Adrian Saul, Joby Boxall, Catherine Biggs, Simon Tait, Kirill Horoshenkov, Liz Sharp.
- 2010-2014 PREPARED – adapting to climate change – Lead Partner KWR, funded by EU FR7, £316,000, investigators Simon Tait, Liz Sharp
- Tregnaghi M, Bottacin-Busolin A, Tait S & Marion A (2012) Stochastic determination of entrainment risk in uniformly sized sediment beds at low transport stages: 2. Experiments. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 117(4).
- Tregnaghi M, Bottacin-Busolin A, Marion A & Tait S (2012) Stochastic determination of entrainment risk in uniformly sized sediment beds at low transport stages: 1 Theory. Journal of Geophysical Research, 117.
- DEY S, SARKAR S, BOSE SK, TAIT S & CASTRO-ORGAZ C (2011) Wall-wake flows downstream of a sphere placed on a plane rough wall. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 137, 1173-1189.
- Cooper JR & Tait SJ (2010) Examining the physical components of boundary shear stress for water-worked gravel deposits. EARTH SURF PROC LAND, 35(10), 1240-1246.
- Schellart ANA, Tait SJ & Ashley RM (2010) Towards quantification of uncertainty in predicting water quality failures in integrated catchment model studies. Water Research, 44(13), 3893-3904.
- Cooper JR & Tait SJ (2009) Water-worked gravel beds in laboratory flumes - a natural analogue?. EARTH SURF PROC LAND, 34(3), 384-397.
- Bottacin-Busolin A, Tait SJ, Marion A & Chegini A (2008) Probabilistic description of grain resistance from simultaneous flow field and grain motion measurements. Water Resource Research, 44.
- Measures R & Tait S (2008) Quantifying the role of bed surface topography in controlling sediment stability in water-worked gravel deposits. Water Resources Research, 44(4).
- Cooper JR, Tait SJ & Horoshenkov KV (2006) Determining hydraulic resistance in gravel-bed rivers from the dynamics of their water surfaces. EARTH SURF PROC LAND, 31(14), 1839-1848.
- Marion A, Tregnaghi M & Tait S (2006) Sediment supply and local scouring at bed sills in high-gradient streams. WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH, 42(6).
- Banasiak R, Verhoeven R, De Sutter R & Tait S (2005) The erosion behaviour of biologically active sewer sediment deposits: Observations from a laboratory study. WATER RESEARCH, 39(20), 5221-5231.
- Marion A, Tait SJ & McEwan IK (2003) Analysis of small-scale gravel bed topography during armoring. WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH, 39(12).