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Structural Engineering Research Paper Topics

Research Degree Topics 2017-18

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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All Research Degree Topics

NoTopicSupervisorAreaGroup
1Design Rules For Thin-walled Structural Elements Subject To Coupled InstabilitiesDr Jurgen BecqueStructuresSteel and Composite Structures
2Structural Design Of Arrays Of Submerged StructuresDr Jurgen BecqueStructuresSteel and Composite Structures
3Solutions To Inelastic Bifurcation Problems Using Second-order Plastic Flow TheoryDr Jurgen BecqueStructuresSteel and Composite Structures
4Design Rules For Built-up Cold-formed Steel Structural MemberssDr Jurgen BecqueStructuresSteel and Composite Structures
5Internal Instability In Embankment Dams Under Large DeformationsDr Elisabeth BowmanGeotechnicsGeotechnical Engineering / Geomechanics
6High Speed Rock Avalanche MechanicsDr Elisabeth BowmanGeotechnicsGeotechnical Engineering / Geomechanics
7Cellular Composite Beams In FireProf Ian BurgessStructuresSteel and Composite Structures
8Modelling The Resistance To Progressive Collapse Of Steel Frames In Fire ConditionsProf Ian BurgessStructuresSteel and Composite Structures
9Understanding Rate Effects In GeomaterialsDr Sam ClarkeGeotechnics,
Structures
Blast and Impact Engineering
10Predicting The Impulse From Buried ChargesDr Sam ClarkeGeotechnics,
Structures
Blast and Impact Engineering
11Improving The Structural Efficiency Of Steel TrussesProf Buick DavisonStructuresSteel and Composite Structures
12Timber-steel Hybrid Construction For Modern Multi-storey BuildingProf Buick DavisonStructuresSteel and Composite Structures
13Reversible Shear Connectors For Use In Composite ConstructionProf Buick DavisonStructuresSteel and Composite Structures
143d Computational Limit Analysis Of Masonry StructuresProf Matthew GilbertStructuresComputational Mechanics and Design
15Design Synthesis Of Frames: Application Of AdaptivityProf Matthew GilbertStructuresComputational Mechanics and Design
16Applications Of Computational Limit Analyis & Design In Civil & Structural EngineeringProf Matthew GilbertStructuresComputational Mechanics and Design
17Novel Cold-formed Steel Structural Systems For Multi-storey BuildingsDr Iman HajirasoulihaStructuresSteel and Composite Structures
18Performance-based Optimisation Of Energy Dissipation SystemsDr Iman HajirasoulihaStructuresEarthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics
19Ventilation For Health Care Environments: Preventing The Spread Of Airborne DiseaseDr Abigail HathwayEnvironmental EngineeringEngineering Environmental Buildings
20Low Energy Ventilation: Developing Tools To Account For Human Behaviour In The Design And Evaluation Of Low Energy Ventilation.Dr Abigail HathwayEnvironmental EngineeringEngineering Environmental Buildings
21Engineered Timber In FireDr Shan-Shan HuangStructuresSteel and Composite Structures
22Cold-formed Steel In FireDr Shan-Shan HuangStructuresSteel and Composite Structures
23Reused Tyre Polymer Fibres For Mitigating Fire-induced Spalling Of ConcreteDr Shan-Shan HuangStructuresConcrete and Earthquake Engineering
24A Numerical Model For Forecasting Avalanche Dynamics: Design, Testing, Verification, Validation And Application Dr Georges KesserwaniWaterFluid Mechanics
25Two Dimensional Hydrodynamic River Morphology And Sediment Transport Model With Various Grain SizeDr Georges KesserwaniWaterFluid Mechanics
26Exploiting Plant-soil Interaction For Future Flood ResilienceDr Georges KesserwaniWater,
Geotechnics
Fluid Mechanics

27Turbulence Parameterisation In Shallow Water Models Of Fluvial HydraulicsDr Georges KesserwaniWaterFluid Mechanics
28Multi-scale Flood Model Formulation And ValidationDr Georges KesserwaniWaterFluid Mechanics
29Integrated Numerical Modelling Of Multi-layered Tsunami WavesDr Georges KesserwaniWaterFluid Mechanics
30Integrated Modelling Of Mobile Obstacles In Shallow Water FlowDr Georges KesserwaniWaterFluid Mechanics
31Multi-agent-based Solution Of 2d Water Flows On Gpus: A Versatile Platform For Interactive And Multi-perspective Flood Risk ResearchDr Georges KesserwaniEnvironmental Engineering,
Water
Environmental Science and Engineering

32The Analysis Of Bedform Scales, Their Interconnectivity And Dynamics Using Wavelet MethodsDr Chris KeylockWaterPennine Water Group
33Kinematic Simulation As A Null Hypothesis For Studying Turbulence StructureDr Chris KeylockWaterPennine Water Group
34The Growth Of Grain Avalanches As A Function Of Moisture ContentDr Chris KeylockStructures,
Geotechnics
Computational Mechanics and Design
35Establishing Tipping Points For Urban DecarbonisationProf Martin MayfieldEnvironmental EngineeringEnvironmental Science and Engineering
36Rapid Adaptation & Mitigation Of Urban InfrastructureProf Martin MayfieldEnvironmental EngineeringEnvironmental Science and Engineering
37Engineering The Urban Metabolism Prof Martin MayfieldEnvironmental EngineeringEnvironmental Science and Engineering
38Learning From Urban ShocksProf Martin MayfieldEnvironmental EngineeringEnvironmental Science and Engineering
39How To Densify Cities Without Increasing Infrastructure LoadsProf Martin MayfieldEnvironmental EngineeringEnvironmental Science and Engineering
40Circular Cities - How To Deliver Actually Sustainable CitiesProf Martin MayfieldEnvironmental EngineeringEnvironmental Science and Engineering
41Naturally Ventilated Towers For Tropical And Subtropical CitiesProf Martin MayfieldEnvironmental EngineeringEnvironmental Science and Engineering
42Uk Energy System OptimisationProf Martin MayfieldEnvironmental EngineeringEnvironmental Science and Engineering
43Static And Dynamic Strength Of Micro-lattice MaterialsDr Zuhal OzdemirStructuresComputational Mechanics and Design
44Pounding Response Of Buildings Under Earthquake MotionsDr Zuhal OzdemirStructuresComputational Mechanics and Design
45Advanced Composites As Reinforcement For ConcreteProf Kypros PilakoutasStructuresConcrete and Earthquake Engineering
46Advanced Composites For Structural StrengtheningProf Kypros PilakoutasStructuresConcrete and Earthquake Engineering
47Construction InnovationProf Kypros PilakoutasStructuresConcrete and Earthquake Engineering
48Earthquake Resistant Design Of Reinforced Concrete StructuresProf Kypros PilakoutasStructuresConcrete and Earthquake Engineering
49Frc - Fiber Reinforced ConcreteProf Kypros PilakoutasStructuresConcrete and Earthquake Engineering
50Novel Punching Shear ReinforcementProf Kypros PilakoutasStructuresConcrete and Earthquake Engineering
51The Behaviour And Design Of Reinforced Concrete StructuresProf Kypros PilakoutasStructuresConcrete and Earthquake Engineering
52Use Of Recycled Materials In ConcreteProf Kypros PilakoutasStructuresConcrete and Earthquake Engineering
53Earthquake Risk Assessment And ManagementProf Kypros PilakoutasStructuresConcrete and Earthquake Engineering
54Seismic Strengthening Of Rc Using External Lateral Post-tensioningProf Kypros PilakoutasStructuresConcrete and Earthquake Engineering
55Mechanical Behaviour And Durability Of Steel Fibre-reinforced Rcc Concrete Made With Recycled Materials.Prof Kypros PilakoutasStructuresConcrete and Earthquake Engineering
56Structural Analysis And Design Of Steel Fibre Reinforced Concrete Pavements For Surface Transport.Prof Kypros PilakoutasStructuresConcrete and Earthquake Engineering
57Post-cracking Modelling Of Fibre Reinforced Concrete.Prof Kypros PilakoutasStructuresConcrete and Earthquake Engineering
58Testing And Modelling Of Freeze-thaw And Corrosion Resistance Of Steel Fibre Reinforced Concrete Pavements.Prof Kypros PilakoutasStructuresConcrete and Earthquake Engineering
59Design And Safety Philosophy For Reinforced Concrete.Prof Kypros PilakoutasStructuresConcrete and Earthquake Engineering
60Precast Concrete ConnectionsProf Kypros PilakoutasStructuresConcrete and Earthquake Engineering
61Seismic Retrofit/strengthening Of StructuresProf Kypros PilakoutasStructuresConcrete and Earthquake Engineering
62Concrete Caissons For Low Level Radioactive MaterialsProf Kypros PilakoutasStructuresComputational Mechanics and Design
63Particle-fluid Interaction For Pile Jetting InstallationsDr Paul ShepleyEnvironmental Engineering,
Geotechnics
Environmental Science and Engineering

64Quantifying The Impacts Of Vegetation In Open ChannelsDr James ShucksmithWaterPennine Water Group
65Numerical Simulation - Sph Modelling Of Free Surface FlowsDr Shao SongdongWaterPennine Water Group
66Development Of Incompressible Sph Scheme For Free Surface FlowsDr Shao SongdongWaterPennine Water Group
67Green Roofs: Hydrological PerformanceDr Virginia StovinWaterPennine Water Group
68Computational Fluid Dynamics (cfd) Applications In Urban DrainageDr Virginia StovinWaterPennine Water Group
69Flow Patterns And Pollutant Retention In Vegetated Suds PondsDr Virginia StovinWaterPennine Water Group
70Beyond Drainage: The Impact Of Suds On Urban MicroclimatesDr Virginia StovinWaterPennine Water Group
71Enhanced Runoff Detention In Green Roofs Or Stormwater PlantersDr Virginia StovinWaterPennine Water Group
72Modelling Site-scale Suds At The Street-scaleDr Virginia StovinWaterPennine Water Group
73Probabilistic Performance Specifications For Suds/green InfrastructureDr Virginia StovinWaterPennine Water Group

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