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 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 Understanding Rate Effects In Geomaterials Dr Sam Clarke Geotechnics,
Structures
Geotechnical Engineering
5 Predicting The Impulse From Buried Charges Dr Sam Clarke Geotechnics,
Structures
Blast and Impact Engineering
6 Shock Transmission Through Geological Materials Dr Sam Clarke Geotechnics Geotechnical Engineering
7 Investigating The Impact Of The Dynamics Of Water Distribution Systems On Water Pipe Leakage Dr Richard Collins Environmental Engineering,
Geotechnics,
Structures,
Water
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 3d Computational Limit Analysis Of Masonry Structures Prof Matthew Gilbert Structures Computational Mechanics and Design
12 Design Synthesis Of Frames: Application Of Adaptivity Prof Matthew Gilbert Structures Computational Mechanics and Design
13 Applications Of Computational Limit Analysis & Design In Civil & Structural Engineering Prof Matthew Gilbert Structures Computational Mechanics and Design
14 Novel Cold-formed Steel Structural Systems For Multi-storey Buildings Dr Iman Hajirasouliha Structures Steel and Composite Structures
15 Performance-based Optimisation Of Energy Dissipation Systems Dr Iman Hajirasouliha Structures Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics
16 Engineered Timber In Fire Dr Shan-Shan Huang
17 Cold-formed Steel In Fire Dr Shan-Shan Huang Structures Steel Structures
18 Sustainable Concrete In Fire Dr Shan-Shan Huang Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
19 Fibre Reinforced Concrete In Fire Dr Shan-Shan Huang Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
20 Structural Fire Engineering Research Dr Shan-Shan Huang Structures Steel Structures
21 Cross-section Modelling For The Efficient Design Of Structural Members With Non-linear Materials 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 Parametric Modelling And Structural Optimisation For Additive Manufacturing Dr Andrew Liew Structures Computational Mechanics and Design
25 Neural Network Modelling For Solving Inverse Problems In Engineering Dr Andrew Liew Structures Computational Mechanics and Design
26 Constrained Structural Optimisation Dr Andrew Liew Structures Computational Mechanics and Design
27 Static And Dynamic Strength Of Micro-lattice Materials Dr Zuhal Ozdemir Structures Computational Mechanics and Design
28 Advanced Composites As Reinforcement For Concrete Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
29 Advanced Composites For Structural Strengthening Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
30 Construction Innovation Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
31 Earthquake Resistant Design Of Reinforced Concrete Structures Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
32 Frc- Fiber Reinforced Concrete Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
33 Novel Punching Shear Reinforcement Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
34 The Behaviour And Design Of Reinforced Concrete Structures Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
35 Use Of Recycled Materials In Concrete Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
36 Earthquake Risk Assessment And Management Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
37 Seismic Strengthening Of Rc Using External Lateral Post-tensioning Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
38 Design And Safety Philosophy For Reinforced Concrete. Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Structures Concrete and Earthquake Engineering
39 Automated Concrete Casting Prof Kypros Pilakoutas Environmental Engineering,
Geotechnics,
Structures,
Water
Concrete and Earthquake Engineering


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

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


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


54 Computational Design Of Optimized Concrete Slabs Dr Giacomo Torelli Water,
Structures,
Geotechnics,
Environmental Engineering
Computational Mechanics and Design


55 Computational Modelling Of Fresh Concrete Dr Giacomo Torelli Water,
Structures,
Geotechnics,
Environmental Engineering
Computational Mechanics and Design


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


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


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