Dr Richard Collins
Senior Lecturer in Water Engineering
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD
Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 5715
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5700
Our water distribution systems are vitally important. My research helps to improve the quality and safety of our drinking water.
dr richard collins
Richard graduated from the University of Sheffield with a degree in Aerospace Engineering in 2005. He completed his PhD on the use of smart materials in valves in the Departments of Materials and Mechanical Engineering. In 2009 he joined our Department as a researcher looking into the risks of hydraulic transients in water distribution systems.
Richard’s research helps to ensure our vitally important water distribution systems are durable and resilient enough to withstand the conditions they have to cope with. In trying to understand the complex problems our ageing water infrastructure faces, he hops to make a major contribution to improving operation, control and management of existing buried pipe infrastructure, maximising its performance and helping to guarantee the quality and safety of drinking water.
Richard’s current research interests are involved with the dynamics of water distribution systems and specifically the assessment and mitigation of risks of pressure transients. He studies pressure transients, measures changes in the properties inside pipes to detect pressure waves and aims to locate damage or blockages. This covers all aspects of hydraulic transients, from probabilistically modelling their propagation, to assessing their potential to cause water quality failures. This work is funded by RCUK and relevant industrial partners. In addition, Richard is part of projects exploring the future of water distribution, from smart infrastructure to autonomous robotic systems.
Activities and Research Projects:
- Jones SL, Shepherd W, Collins R & Boxall J (2019) Experimental Quantification of Intrusion Volumes due to Transients in Drinking Water Distribution Systems. Journal of Pipeline Systems Engineering and Practice, 10(1). View this article in WRRO
- Butterfield JD, Meruane V, Collins RP, Meyers G & Beck SBM (2018) Prediction of leak flow rate in plastic water distribution pipes using vibro-acoustic measurements. Structural Health Monitoring, 17(4), 959-970. View this article in WRRO
- van Zyl JE, Lambert AO & Collins R (2017) Realistic Modeling of Leakage and Intrusion Flows through Leak Openings in Pipes. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 143(9). View this article in WRRO
- Fox S, Collins R & Boxall J (2016) Physical investigation into the significance of ground conditions on dynamic leakage behaviour. Journal of Water Supply: Research and Technology - Aqua, 65(2), 103-115. View this article in WRRO
- Collins RP, Boxall JB, Karney BW, Brunone B & Meniconi S (2012) How severe can transients be due to a sudden de-pressurization?. Journal of the American Water Works Association, 104(4), E243-E251.
- Collins R & Beck S (2012) Twisting of non-linear elastic tubes using shape memory alloys. Journal of Smart Materials and Structures.
Conference proceedings papers
- Ma K, Schirru MM, Zahraee AH, Dwyer-Joyce R, Boxall J, Dodd TJ, Collins R & Anderson SR (2017) Robot mapping and localisation in metal water pipes using hydrophone induced vibration and map alignment by dynamic time warping. 2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 29 May 2017 - 3 June 2017. View this article in WRRO