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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Research - Structure


Research - Ground


Research - Water


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.

Research Degree Topics in Structures

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1 Developing Efficient Model Surrogates For Water Resources And Subsurface Contaminant Management Dr Domenico Bau
2 Geomechanical Inverse Modelling And Uncertainty Quantification Dr Domenico Bau
3 Understanding And Quantifying The Risk Associated With Subsurface Fluid Injection Dr Domenico Bau
4 Design Rules For Thin-walled Structural Elements Subject To Coupled Instabilities Dr Jurgen Becque
5 Solutions To Inelastic Bifurcation Problems Using Second-order Plastic Flow Theory Dr Jurgen Becque
6 Design Rules For Built-up Cold-formed Steel Structural Memberss Dr Jurgen Becque
7 Managing Biofilms And Disinfection Residuals To Protecting Drinking Water Safety Prof Joby Boxall
8 Understanding Rate Effects In Geomaterials Dr Sam Clarke
9 Predicting The Impulse From Buried Charges Dr Sam Clarke
10 Shock Transmission Through Geological Materials Dr Sam Clarke
11 The Insidious Impact Of Transients On Leakage Dr Richard Collins
12 Determining The Impact Of Developing A 24/7 Supply Of Drinking Water On Assets, Communities And The Environment In Nepal? Dr Richard Collins
13 Improving The Structural Efficiency Of Steel Trusses Prof Buick Davison
14 Timber-steel Hybrid Construction For Modern Multi-storey Building Prof Buick Davison
15 Reversible Shear Connectors For Use In Composite Construction Prof Buick Davison
16 3d Computational Limit Analysis Of Masonry Structures Prof Matthew Gilbert
17 Design Synthesis Of Frames: Application Of Adaptivity Prof Matthew Gilbert
18 Applications Of Computational Limit Analyis & Design In Civil & Structural Engineering Prof Matthew Gilbert
19 Novel Cold-formed Steel Structural Systems For Multi-storey Buildings Dr Iman Hajirasouliha
20 Performance-based Optimisation Of Energy Dissipation Systems Dr Iman Hajirasouliha
21 Model Predictive Control Of Naturally Ventilated Atria. Dr Abigail Hathway
22 The Future Of Hydraulic Water Network Design To Manage Discolouration Risk Dr Stewart Husband
23 Cross-section Modelling For The Efficient Design Of Structural Members With Non-linear Materials And The Continuous Strength Method Dr Andrew Liew
24 3d Printed Sleeve Formworks For Optimised Concrete Structures Dr Andrew Liew
25 Parametric Modelling And Structural Optimisation For Additive Manufacturing Dr Andrew Liew
26 Neural Network Modelling For Solving Inverse Problems In Engineering Dr Andrew Liew
27 Constrained Structural Optimisation Dr Andrew Liew
28 Static And Dynamic Strength Of Micro-lattice Materials Dr Zuhal Ozdemir
29 Advanced Composites As Reinforcement For Concrete Prof Kypros Pilakoutas
30 Advanced Composites For Structural Strengthening Prof Kypros Pilakoutas
31 Construction Innovation Prof Kypros Pilakoutas
32 Earthquake Resistant Design Of Reinforced Concrete Structures Prof Kypros Pilakoutas
33 Frc- Fiber Reinforced Concrete Prof Kypros Pilakoutas
34 Novel Punching Shear Reinforcement Prof Kypros Pilakoutas
35 The Behaviour And Design Of Reinforced Concrete Structures Prof Kypros Pilakoutas
36 Use Of Recycled Materials In Concrete Prof Kypros Pilakoutas
37 Earthquake Risk Assessment And Management Prof Kypros Pilakoutas
38 Seismic Strengthening Of Rc Using External Lateral Post-tensioning Prof Kypros Pilakoutas
39 Design And Safety Philosophy For Reinforced Concrete. Prof Kypros Pilakoutas
40 Automated Concrete Casting Prof Kypros Pilakoutas
41 Tomographic Imaging Of Transport In Cement-based Materials Dr Danny Smyl
42 State Estimation For Monitoring Structures During Extreme Loading And Environmental Conditions Dr Danny Smyl
43 Understanding How The Deterioration Of Cast Iron Pipes Evolves Into Leakage Prof Luca Susmel
44 Effects Of Microplastics On Interactions Between Soil Biota, Soil Structure And Crop Performance In Sewage Sludge-amended Soils Prof Steve Thornton
45 Modelling The Thermomechanical Behaviour Of Concrete Subjected To High Temperatures Dr Giacomo Torelli
46 A Multi-hazard Modelling Approach For Disaster Risk Management Dr Lu Zhuo
47 The Development Of An Advanced Dynamic Risk Assessment Tool Based On Agent-based Modelling Dr Lu Zhuo
48 The Assessment Of Extreme Urban Flooding Risks On Traffic Network Using Digital Twin Technology Dr Lu Zhuo