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.

Scholarship Applications

Scholarship applications for study in the 2020-21 academic year are now open.

The closing date for these scholarships is Wednesday 29th January at 17.00 GMT. In the interests of fairness, late applications will not be accepted.

Application for these awards is via the University's online application system.

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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 Environmental Engineering,
Geotechnics,
Structures,
Water
Water Engineering


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


3 Understanding And Quantifying The Risk Associated With Subsurface Fluid Injection Dr Domenico Bau Environmental Engineering,
Geotechnics,
Structures,
Water
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 Understanding Rate Effects In Geomaterials Dr Sam Clarke Geotechnics,
Structures
Blast and Impact Engineering
8 Predicting The Impulse From Buried Charges Dr Sam Clarke Geotechnics,
Structures
Blast and Impact Engineering
9 Shock Transmission Through Geological Materials Dr Sam Clarke Geotechnics,
Structures
Blast and Impact Engineering
10 The Insidious Impact Of Transients On Leakage Dr Richard Collins Water,
Environmental Engineering,
Geotechnics,
Structures
Water Engineering


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


20 Integrated Numerical Modelling Of Multi-layered Tsunami Waves Dr Georges Kesserwani Water Fluid Mechanics
21 Integrated Modelling Of Mobile Obstacles In Shallow Water Flow Dr Georges Kesserwani Water Fluid Mechanics
22 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

23 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
24 3d Printed Sleeve Formworks For Optimised Concrete Structures Dr Andrew Liew Structures Computational Mechanics and Design
25 Parametric Modelling And Structural Optimisation For Additive Manufacturing Dr Andrew Liew Structures Computational Mechanics and Design
26 Neural Network Modelling For Solving Inverse Problems In Engineering Dr Andrew Liew Structures Computational Mechanics and Design
27 Constrained Structural Optimisation Dr Andrew Liew Structures Computational Mechanics and Design
28 Static And Dynamic Strength Of Micro-lattice Materials Dr Zuhal Ozdemir Structures Computational Mechanics and Design
29 Advanced Composites As Reinforcement For Concrete Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
30 Advanced Composites For Structural Strengthening Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
31 Construction Innovation Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
32 Earthquake Resistant Design Of Reinforced Concrete Structures Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
33 Frc- Fiber Reinforced Concrete Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
34 Novel Punching Shear Reinforcement Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
35 The Behaviour And Design Of Reinforced Concrete Structures Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
36 Use Of Recycled Materials In Concrete Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
37 Earthquake Risk Assessment And Management Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
38 Seismic Strengthening Of Rc Using External Lateral Post-tensioning 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 Automated Concrete Casting Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Environmental Engineering,
Geotechnics,
Structures,
Water
Concrete and Earthquake Engineering


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

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


48 Computational Fluid Dynamics (cfd) Applications In Urban Drainage Dr Virginia Stovin Water Water Engineering
49 Flow Patterns And Pollutant Retention In Vegetated Suds Ponds Dr Virginia Stovin Water Water Engineering
50 Beyond Drainage: The Impact Of Suds On Urban Microclimates Dr Virginia Stovin Water,
Environmental Engineering
Environmental Engineering
51 Enhanced Runoff Detention In Green Roofs Or Stormwater Planters Dr Virginia Stovin Water Water Engineering
52 Modelling Site-scale Suds At The Street-scale Dr Virginia Stovin Water Water Engineering
53 Probabilistic Performance Specifications For Suds/green Infrastructure Dr Virginia Stovin Water Water Engineering
54 Modelling The Thermomechanical Behaviour Of Concrete Subjected To High Temperatures Dr Giacomo Torelli Environmental Engineering,
Geotechnics,
Structures,
Water
Computational Mechanics and Design


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


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