Professor 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
My research results in 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.
Professor simon tait
Simon’s research focuses on how sediments and pollutants get into water networks and environments; specifically, the processes associated with erosion, transportation and deposition of sediment in river and urban drainage systems, with aWhen sewers fail due to the system filling up or blockages, they can overflow into rivers and urban environments which is biologically damaging and can be detrimental to health. By working to ensure better management of sewer and drainage networks, Simon aims to prevents this and minimise the resources spent on maintaining sewers and clean-up. He uses lab experiments and surrogate or real sediments as well as numerical modelling to discover how sediments and pollutants move within networks and rivers. By understanding how sediments and networks perform, decisions can be made to ensure the safety of water systems that serve large sections of the population.
Simon is involved in a spin off instrumentation company, Hovshenkov, which uses acoustic-based instruments to search for defects in pipes. Using sound waves is faster and more measurable than traditional methods and enables water companies to save time and money.
- (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.
- (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.
- (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).