The University of Sheffield
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Research Degree Topics 2020-21

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 Developing Efficient Model Surrogates For Water Resources And Subsurface Contaminant Management Dr Domenico Bau Geotechnics,
Structures,
Water,
Environmental Engineering
Water Engineering


2 Geomechanical Inverse Modelling And Uncertainty Quantification Dr Domenico Bau Geotechnics,
Structures,
Water,
Environmental Engineering
Water Engineering


3 Understanding And Quantifying The Risk Associated With Subsurface Fluid Injection Dr Domenico Bau Geotechnics,
Structures,
Water,
Environmental Engineering
Water Engineering


4 Design Rules For Thin-walled Structural Elements Subject To Coupled Instabilities Dr Jurgen Becque Structures Steel and Composite Structures
5 Solutions To Inelastic Bifurcation Problems Using Second-order Plastic Flow Theory Dr Jurgen Becque Structures Steel and Composite Structures
6 Design Rules For Built-up Cold-formed Steel Structural Memberss Dr Jurgen Becque Structures Steel and Composite Structures
7 Managing Biofilms And Disinfection Residuals To Protecting Drinking Water Safety Prof Joby Boxall Geotechnics,
Structures,
Water,
Environmental Engineering
Water Engineering


8 Understanding Rate Effects In Geomaterials Dr Sam Clarke Geotechnics,
Structures
Blast and Impact Engineering
9 Predicting The Impulse From Buried Charges Dr Sam Clarke Geotechnics,
Structures
Blast and Impact Engineering
10 Shock Transmission Through Geological Materials Dr Sam Clarke Geotechnics,
Structures
Blast and Impact Engineering
11 The Insidious Impact Of Transients On Leakage Dr Richard Collins Environmental Engineering,
Geotechnics,
Structures,
Water
Water Engineering


12 Determining The Impact Of Developing A 24/7 Supply Of Drinking Water On Assets, Communities And The Environment In Nepal? Dr Richard Collins Geotechnics,
Structures,
Water,
Environmental Engineering
Water Engineering


13 Improving The Structural Efficiency Of Steel Trusses Prof Buick Davison Structures Steel and Composite Structures
14 Timber-steel Hybrid Construction For Modern Multi-storey Building Prof Buick Davison Structures Steel and Composite Structures
15 Reversible Shear Connectors For Use In Composite Construction Prof Buick Davison Structures Steel and Composite Structures
16 Epsrc Phd Studentship In: Evaluating The Public Health Risks Of Urban Flooding Events Dr Isabel Douterelo Soler Geotechnics,
Structures,
Water,
Environmental Engineering
Water Engineering


17 3d Computational Limit Analysis Of Masonry Structures Prof Matthew Gilbert Structures Computational Mechanics and Design
18 Design Synthesis Of Frames: Application Of Adaptivity Prof Matthew Gilbert Structures Computational Mechanics and Design
19 Applications Of Computational Limit Analyis & Design In Civil & Structural Engineering Prof Matthew Gilbert Structures Computational Mechanics and Design
20 Novel Cold-formed Steel Structural Systems For Multi-storey Buildings Dr Iman Hajirasouliha Structures Steel and Composite Structures
21 Performance-based Optimisation Of Energy Dissipation Systems Dr Iman Hajirasouliha Structures Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics
22 Model Predictive Control Of Naturally Ventilated Atria. Dr Abigail Hathway Structures,
Geotechnics,
Environmental Engineering,
Water
Environmental Engineering


23 The Future Of Hydraulic Water Network Design To Manage Discolouration Risk Dr Stewart Husband Geotechnics,
Structures,
Water,
Environmental Engineering
Water Engineering


24 Integrated Numerical Modelling Of Multi-layered Tsunami Waves Dr Georges Kesserwani Water Fluid Mechanics
25 Integrated Modelling Of Mobile Obstacles In Shallow Water Flow Dr Georges Kesserwani Water Fluid Mechanics
26 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

27 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
28 3d Printed Sleeve Formworks For Optimised Concrete Structures Dr Andrew Liew Structures Computational Mechanics and Design
29 Parametric Modelling And Structural Optimisation For Additive Manufacturing Dr Andrew Liew Structures Computational Mechanics and Design
30 Neural Network Modelling For Solving Inverse Problems In Engineering Dr Andrew Liew Structures Computational Mechanics and Design
31 Constrained Structural Optimisation Dr Andrew Liew Structures Computational Mechanics and Design
32 Static And Dynamic Strength Of Micro-lattice Materials Dr Zuhal Ozdemir Structures Computational Mechanics and Design
33 Advanced Composites As Reinforcement For Concrete Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
34 Advanced Composites For Structural Strengthening Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
35 Construction Innovation Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
36 Earthquake Resistant Design Of Reinforced Concrete Structures Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
37 Frc- Fiber Reinforced Concrete Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
38 Novel Punching Shear Reinforcement Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
39 The Behaviour And Design Of Reinforced Concrete Structures Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
40 Use Of Recycled Materials In Concrete Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
41 Earthquake Risk Assessment And Management Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
42 Seismic Strengthening Of Rc Using External Lateral Post-tensioning Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
43 Design And Safety Philosophy For Reinforced Concrete. Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
44 Automated Concrete Casting Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Geotechnics,
Structures,
Water,
Environmental Engineering
Concrete and Earthquake Engineering


45 Fostering Robust Pipe Network Design Dr Charles Rouge Water Water Engineering
46 Benefits Of Cooperation In Transboundary River Basins Dr Charles Rouge Water Water Engineering
47 Flood And Drought Assessment In A Human-dominated Water Cycle Dr Charles Rouge Water Water Engineering
48 Risk-based Investment Decision Tools That Account For Uncertainty In Modelling Studies That Protect The Ecology Of Surface Water Bodies Dr Alma Schellart Geotechnics,
Structures,
Water,
Environmental Engineering
Water Engineering


49 Particle-fluid Interaction For Pile Jetting Installations Dr Paul Shepley Environmental Engineering,
Geotechnics
Environmental Science and Engineering

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


53 Computational Fluid Dynamics (cfd) Applications In Urban Drainage Dr Virginia Stovin Water Water Engineering
54 Flow Patterns And Pollutant Retention In Vegetated Suds Ponds Dr Virginia Stovin Water Water Engineering
55 Beyond Drainage: The Impact Of Suds On Urban Microclimates Dr Virginia Stovin Water,
Environmental Engineering
Environmental Engineering
56 Enhanced Runoff Detention In Green Roofs Or Stormwater Planters Dr Virginia Stovin Water Water Engineering
57 Modelling Site-scale Suds At The Street-scale Dr Virginia Stovin Water Water Engineering
58 Probabilistic Performance Specifications For Suds/green Infrastructure Dr Virginia Stovin Water Water Engineering
59 Understanding How The Deterioration Of Cast Iron Pipes Evolves Into Leakage Prof Luca Susmel Geotechnics,
Structures,
Water,
Environmental Engineering
Water Engineering


60 Effects Of Microplastics On Interactions Between Soil Biota, Soil Structure And Crop Performance In Sewage Sludge-amended Soils Prof Steve Thornton Geotechnics,
Structures,
Water,
Environmental Engineering
Water Engineering


61 Modelling The Thermomechanical Behaviour Of Concrete Subjected To High Temperatures Dr Giacomo Torelli Geotechnics,
Structures,
Water,
Environmental Engineering
Computational Mechanics and Design


62 A Multi-hazard Modelling Approach For Disaster Risk Management Dr Lu Zhuo Geotechnics,
Structures,
Water,
Environmental Engineering
Water Engineering


63 The Development Of An Advanced Dynamic Risk Assessment Tool Based On Agent-based Modelling Dr Lu Zhuo Geotechnics,
Structures,
Water,
Environmental Engineering
Environmental Engineering


64 The Assessment Of Extreme Urban Flooding Risks On Traffic Network Using Digital Twin Technology Dr Lu Zhuo Geotechnics,
Structures,
Water,
Environmental Engineering
Water Engineering