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 Water

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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 Managing Biofilms And Disinfection Residuals To Protecting Drinking Water Safety Prof Joby Boxall
5 The Insidious Impact Of Transients On Leakage Dr Richard Collins
6 Determining The Impact Of Developing A 24/7 Supply Of Drinking Water On Assets, Communities And The Environment In Nepal? Dr Richard Collins
7 Model Predictive Control Of Naturally Ventilated Atria. Dr Abigail Hathway
8 The Future Of Hydraulic Water Network Design To Manage Discolouration Risk Dr Stewart Husband
9 Integrated Numerical Modelling Of Multi-layered Tsunami Waves Dr Georges Kesserwani
10 Integrated Modelling Of Mobile Obstacles In Shallow Water Flow Dr Georges Kesserwani
11 Multi-agent-based Solution Of 2d Water Flows On Gpus: A Versatile Platform For Interactive And Multi-perspective Flood Risk Research Dr Georges Kesserwani
12 Automated Concrete Casting Prof Kypros Pilakoutas
13 Fostering Robust Pipe Network Design Dr Charles Rouge
14 Benefits Of Cooperation In Transboundary River Basins Dr Charles Rouge
15 Flood And Drought Assessment In A Human-dominated Water Cycle Dr Charles Rouge
16 Understanding Urban Flooding Using Physical Modelling Dr James Shucksmith
17 State Estimation For Monitoring Structures During Extreme Loading And Environmental Conditions Dr Danny Smyl
18 Computational Fluid Dynamics (cfd) Applications In Urban Drainage Dr Virginia Stovin
19 Flow Patterns And Pollutant Retention In Vegetated Suds Ponds Dr Virginia Stovin
20 Beyond Drainage: The Impact Of Suds On Urban Microclimates Dr Virginia Stovin
21 Enhanced Runoff Detention In Green Roofs Or Stormwater Planters Dr Virginia Stovin
22 Modelling Site-scale Suds At The Street-scale Dr Virginia Stovin
23 Probabilistic Performance Specifications For Suds/green Infrastructure Dr Virginia Stovin
24 Understanding How The Deterioration Of Cast Iron Pipes Evolves Into Leakage Prof Luca Susmel
25 Effects Of Microplastics On Interactions Between Soil Biota, Soil Structure And Crop Performance In Sewage Sludge-amended Soils Prof Steve Thornton
26 Modelling The Thermomechanical Behaviour Of Concrete Subjected To High Temperatures Dr Giacomo Torelli
27 A Multi-hazard Modelling Approach For Disaster Risk Management Dr Lu Zhuo
28 The Development Of An Advanced Dynamic Risk Assessment Tool Based On Agent-based Modelling Dr Lu Zhuo
29 The Assessment Of Extreme Urban Flooding Risks On Traffic Network Using Digital Twin Technology Dr Lu Zhuo