Current PhD Opportunities

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Holistic modelling of evacuation in urban infrastructure systems

Evacuation simulation models suffer from their lack of flexibility and poor modelling of human behaviour, which restricts their recommendations from being utilised in developing improved evacuation procedures. There is therefore a need for a more holistic approach to understanding human behaviour during a disaster from front-line operators to the first responders. This research aims to initially develop the architecture of such a holistic model of evacuation. It will then further develop the data requirements for two case studies to test the holistic model in two different areas: an urban scenario in the UK and possibly in Asia.

Read the project advert: SCE035AM

Dr Arnab Majumdar

Development and testing of low carbon magnesioum oxide cements from olivine basalt

The research to be completed at Imperial will involve optimising the MgO-SiO2 cement system combined with some other components, in terms of production and performance. Sustainable low carbon materials for use in the built environment are critical to our future. This project will provide an opportunity to work with leading scientists and engineers in this important area. It will offer significant potential for innovation and the use of a wide range of experiment techniques in the new Centre for Infrastructure Materials. It will also involve the opportunity to work in New Zealand with key collaborators as a key part of the research team.

Read the project advert: SCE034CC

Prof Chris Cheeseman
University of Canterbury

Making the skies safer: assessing the impacts of regulatory changes for general aviation pilots

Based upon research conducted at Imperial College London on the poor situational awareness and decision-making of GA pilots, radical mitigation measures have been proposed to improve aviation safety by enhancing GA pilot performance, working with key industry and research stakeholders in North America and Europe. In particular, a roadmap is being developed for regulators on how to improve GA safety by improving the SADM of pilots. The PhD research will distinguish short- (1 year from implementation), medium (3 years for implementation) and long-term (5 years from implementation) impacts of the roadmap.

Read the project advert: SCE033AM

Dr Arnab Majumdar

Safety Leadership and Safety Culture in Transport Industries

Applications are invited for a PhD research studentship in the challenging area of safety culture and safety leadership at Imperial College London, in conjunction with Abellio. The company plans to work with two Japanese companies, one a railway operation and the other a private contractor in delivering railways operations in Scotland.

Read the project advert: SCE032AM

Dr Arnab Majumdar

Product Development and Optimisation of Demountable Precast Building Solutions

The research will build upon previous LOR funded research at Imperial College which has identified several opportunities to build more productively. The research will explore and develop the opportunities of new precast building solutions, address various gaps in knowledge of headed bar joint behaviour and develop new applications for headed bar joints. The ultimate objective is to develop adoptable design methods which achieve efficient structures built in a productive manner.

Read the project advert: SCE031RV

Dr Robert Vollum
Laing O'Rourke

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

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

Prof Catherine O'Sullivan
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