The University of Sheffield
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Research Degree Topics 2018-19

The department's academic staff are organised into research groups which reflect their specific areas of research activity. Within Civil and Structural Engineering there are four overarching research areas: Structures, Ground, Water and Environmental.

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Structures

Research - Structure

Ground

Research - Ground

Water

Research - Water

Environmental

Research - Environmental
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*Please note that you are welcome to discuss alternative research topics with project supervisors, all projects subject to funding unless stated otherwise.

All Research Degree Topics

No Topic Supervisor Area Group
1 3d-printed Sleeve Formworks For Optimised Concrete Structures none Water,
Environmental Engineering,
Geotechnics,
Structures
Computational Mechanics and Design


2 Design Rules For Thin-walled Structural Elements Subject To Coupled Instabilities Dr Jurgen Becque Structures Steel and Composite Structures
3 Solutions To Inelastic Bifurcation Problems Using Second-order Plastic Flow Theory Dr Jurgen Becque Structures Steel and Composite Structures
4 Design Rules For Built-up Cold-formed Steel Structural Memberss Dr Jurgen Becque Structures Steel and Composite Structures
5 Understanding Rate Effects In Geomaterials Dr Sam Clarke Geotechnics,
Structures
Blast and Impact Engineering
6 Predicting The Impulse From Buried Charges Dr Sam Clarke Geotechnics,
Structures
Blast and Impact Engineering
7 The Insidious Impact Of Transients On Leakage Dr Richard Collins Water,
Environmental Engineering,
Geotechnics,
Structures
Water Engineering


8 Improving The Structural Efficiency Of Steel Trusses Prof Buick Davison Structures Steel and Composite Structures
9 Timber-steel Hybrid Construction For Modern Multi-storey Building Prof Buick Davison Structures Steel and Composite Structures
10 Reversible Shear Connectors For Use In Composite Construction Prof Buick Davison Structures Steel and Composite Structures
11 Understanding The Relationship Between Resource Consumption And Development Levels Dr Danielle Densley-Tingley Environmental Engineering Environmental Engineering
12 3d Computational Limit Analysis Of Masonry Structures Prof Matthew Gilbert Structures Computational Mechanics and Design
13 Design Synthesis Of Frames: Application Of Adaptivity Prof Matthew Gilbert Structures Computational Mechanics and Design
14 Applications Of Computational Limit Analyis & Design In Civil & Structural Engineering Prof Matthew Gilbert Structures Computational Mechanics and Design
15 Novel Cold-formed Steel Structural Systems For Multi-storey Buildings Dr Iman Hajirasouliha Structures Steel and Composite Structures
16 Performance-based Optimisation Of Energy Dissipation Systems Dr Iman Hajirasouliha Structures Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics
17 Model Predictive Control Of Naturally Ventilated Atria. Dr Abigail Hathway Water,
Structures,
Geotechnics,
Environmental Engineering
Environmental Engineering


18 Integrated Numerical Modelling Of Multi-layered Tsunami Waves Dr Georges Kesserwani Water Fluid Mechanics
19 Integrated Modelling Of Mobile Obstacles In Shallow Water Flow Dr Georges Kesserwani Water Fluid Mechanics
20 Multi-agent-based Solution Of 2d Water Flows On Gpus: A Versatile Platform For Interactive And Multi-perspective Flood Risk Research Dr Georges Kesserwani Environmental Engineering,
Water
Environmental Science and Engineering

21 Cross-section Modelling For The Efficient Design Of Structural Members With Non-linear Materials And The Continuous Strength Method Dr Andrew Liew Structures Computational Mechanics and Design
22 Structural Optimisation Of Concrete Elements Constructed With Digitally Fabricated Formworks Dr Andrew Liew Structures Computational Mechanics and Design
23 3d Printed Sleeve Formworks For Optimised Concrete Structures Dr Andrew Liew Structures Computational Mechanics and Design
24 Static And Dynamic Strength Of Micro-lattice Materials Dr Zuhal Ozdemir Structures Computational Mechanics and Design
25 Advanced Composites As Reinforcement For Concrete Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
26 Advanced Composites For Structural Strengthening Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
27 Construction Innovation Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
28 Earthquake Resistant Design Of Reinforced Concrete Structures Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
29 Frc- Fiber Reinforced Concrete Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
30 Novel Punching Shear Reinforcement Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
31 The Behaviour And Design Of Reinforced Concrete Structures Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
32 Use Of Recycled Materials In Concrete Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
33 Earthquake Risk Assessment And Management Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
34 Seismic Strengthening Of Rc Using External Lateral Post-tensioning Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
35 Mechanical Behaviour And Durability Of Steel Fibre-reinforced Rcc Concrete Made With Recycled Materials. Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
36 Structural Analysis And Design Of Steel Fibre Reinforced Concrete Pavements For Surface Transport. Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
37 Post-cracking Modelling Of Fibre Reinforced Concrete. Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
38 Testing And Modelling Of Freeze-thaw And Corrosion Resistance Of Steel Fibre Reinforced Concrete Pavements. Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
39 Design And Safety Philosophy For Reinforced Concrete. Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
40 Precast Concrete Connections Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
41 Seismic Retrofit/strengthening Of Structures Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
42 Concrete Caissons For Low Level Radioactive Materials Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Computational Mechanics and Design
43 Automated Concrete Casting Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Water,
Environmental Engineering,
Geotechnics,
Structures
Concrete and Earthquake Engineering


44 Fostering Robust Pipe Network Design Dr Charles Rouge Water Water Engineering
45 Benefits Of Cooperation In Transboundary River Basins Dr Charles Rouge Water Water Engineering
46 Flood And Drought Assessment In A Human-dominated Water Cycle Dr Charles Rouge Water Water Engineering
47 Particle-fluid Interaction For Pile Jetting Installations Dr Paul Shepley Environmental Engineering,
Geotechnics
Environmental Science and Engineering

48 Understanding Urban Flooding Using Physical Modelling Dr James Shucksmith Water Water Engineering
49 Tomography Of Large Structural Elements Dr Danny Smyl Structures Computational Mechanics and Design
50 Tomographic Imaging Of Transport In Cement-based Materials Dr Danny Smyl Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
51 State Estimation For Monitoring Structures During Extreme Loading And Environmental Conditions Dr Danny Smyl Water,
Environmental Engineering,
Geotechnics,
Structures
Computational Mechanics and Design


52 Computational Fluid Dynamics (cfd) Applications In Urban Drainage Dr Virginia Stovin Water Water Engineering
53 Flow Patterns And Pollutant Retention In Vegetated Suds Ponds Dr Virginia Stovin Water Pennine Water Group
54 Beyond Drainage: The Impact Of Suds On Urban Microclimates Dr Virginia Stovin Water Pennine Water Group
55 Enhanced Runoff Detention In Green Roofs Or Stormwater Planters Dr Virginia Stovin Water Pennine Water Group
56 Modelling Site-scale Suds At The Street-scale Dr Virginia Stovin Water Pennine Water Group
57 Probabilistic Performance Specifications For Suds/green Infrastructure Dr Virginia Stovin Water Pennine Water Group