Dr Richard Collins

Richard Collins

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
Email: r.p.collins@sheffield.ac.uk
Room: F119


  • MEng Aerospace Engineering (The University of Sheffield)
  • PhD Materials / Mechanical Engineering "Stabillity of Thickwalled Tubes under Torsion and their use as a Novel Control Valve" (The University of Sheffield)


My current main research interests are involved in the assessment and mitigation of pressure transients in water distribution systems. Pressure transients are waves of rapidly altering pressures in pipe systems that have the potential to damage assets and cause water quality failures by intruding contaminants through, for instance, leaks. I have a further interest in the interaction of these pipe systems.

Activities and Distinctions

  • I am currently working on two resesrch projects in relation to transients:
  • Contaminant Ingress in Distribution Systems (CID): a project assessing the potential of low pressures to cause contaminants to enter drinking water systems
  • Transients Monitoring and Mitigation: This is a project working with Yorkshire Water where we are installing a network of long term high frequency pressure monitoring locations in their distribution network. This will allow us to assess the magnitude and frequency of transients, and suggest some mitigation methods.


  • Surveying and Field Course as part of CIV1900: 2012 onwards
  • Pump and Pipeline Hydraulics CIV202: 2012 onwards

Selected Publications

Journal articles

  • 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.