Current PhD Opportunities

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Biogeochemical controls on source zone depletion at petrochemical sites

This research will investigate the role of natural attenuation processes in petroleum contamination of soil and groundwater. Multiphase biogeochemical models will be developed to improve long-term management of contaminated sites.

Read the project advert: SCE027AB

Dr Adrian Butler

A systems engineering approach to off-site production: from requirements to customer solution

This project considers construction as a manufacturing process. It takes systems engineering templates and processes and uses these to trace and inform the logic of decisions in integrated Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) processes from a systems perspective. It aims to improve the traceability of requirements through the development process into a customer solution in order to facilitate the development of new template design processes; to establish the information needed for verification; to reduce variability, and to understand the resilience/flexibility of the production process.

Read the project advert: SCE026JW

Prof Jennifer Whyte
Laing O'Rourke

Better ventilation for buildings: From idealised models to real-world influences

The project will examine ventilating flows in buildings, exploring the differences between well-established idealised models and the often complex flows observed in practice. By exploiting experiments, numerical simulations and real practice the studentship will deliver knowledge of tangible impact and perfectly prepare the candidate for careers in either research or industrial practice.

Read the project advert: SCE025HB

Dr Henry Burridge
Prof Graham Hughes
Foster + Partners

Metal recovery to allow improved beneficial reuse of energy-from-waste residues in civil engineering

This project will optimize the efficiency of metal recovery from EfW residues to improve the remaining mineral fraction so this can be used more widely in civil engineering application.

Read the project advert: SCE024CC

Prof Chris Cheeseman
Prof Marco Castaldi
Dr Athanasios Bourtsalas
Global WTERT
China Everbright International

Microstructure and durability of concrete prepared using new multi component cements

This project will develop and optimise new multi-component cements that contain very high levels of supplementary cementitious materials for durable low-carbon concrete. The aim is to fundamentally understand how such high clinker replacements influence the hydration kinetics, microstructure development and performance of concrete containing these novel cements.

Read the project advert: SCE023HW

Dr Hong Wong
Heidelberg Cement

Real-world emmisions of greenhouse gases and air quality pollutants from road vehicles

The aim of this studentship will be to explore how real-world emissions data of different vehicles collected by Emissions Analytics can be used to define and explain the variation in emissions between different vehicles and technologies, and the role of driving behaviour.

Read the project advert: SCE018MS

Dr Marc Stettler
Prof Helen ApSimon
Emissions Analytics

Near Real-Time Modelling and Failure Diagnosis of Water Distribution Networks

This project will focus upon the near real-time modelling and failure diagnosis of water distribution networks. The work is motivated by the increasing need for water companies to optimize performance by gaining between understandings of the behaviour of their complex large scale networks.

Read the project advert: SCE009IS

Dr Ivan Stoianov
Cla-Val (with Bristol Water)

Design and Control of Intelligent Water Networks with Dynamically Configurable Network Topologies

This project investigates the design and operation of intelligent water supply networks with dynamically configurable topologies. It is motivated by the increasing need for water companies to reduce leakage levels by actively managing pressure whilst at the same time providing higher quality of service to customers (e.g. a reduction in supply interruptions).

Read the project advert: SCE010IS

Dr Ivan Stoianov
Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water

Inverse analysis of semi-discrete fluid mechanics in buildings

The emphasis of this research is on obtaining insight into the fundamental physical processes that occur in the heating and ventilation of buildings to inform design practice and building management strategies. The results will be applicable to the design of both new buildings and the retrofitting of existing buildings.

Read the project advert: SCE017JC

Dr John Craske
Dr Maarten van Reeuwijk
Prof Graham Hughes

Liquefaction vulnerability assessment of lifelines

The project aims to develop a rigorous methodology for estimating liquefaction induced damage to lifelines systems, based on data collected during the 2010-2011 Canterbury (New Zealand) earthquake sequence.

Read the project advert: SCE005SK

Dr Stavroula Kontoe

Simulating the impact of blue-green infrastructure on the local microclimate of urban areas

The project aims to quantify the impact of integrating urban green infrastructure (vegetated areas, green roofs, facades etc.) with blue infrastructure (urban water) on the local microclimate (temperature, humidity, air quality) in urban areas by means of high resolution large-eddy simulation.

Read the project advert: SCE012MVR

Dr Maarten van Reeuwijk
Dr Ana Mijic

Improving resilience of embankment dams and levees to internal erosion

This project will focus on a type of internal erosion referred to as internal instability. Internal instability refers to selective erosion of usually the finer fraction of a soil due to seepage. The work is motivated by a shortcoming in engineering understanding of this problem.

Read the project advert: SCE007COS

Dr Catherine O'Sullivan
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