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Research Themes and Projects

The EPSRC Future Infrastructure and Built Environment CDT's research and training focuses on integrating Cambridge's internationally recognised strength in structures, geotechnics, materials, construction, sustainable development, building physics and water and waste within the wider context of related engineering disciplines, architecture, the sciences, land economy, manufacturing, business, economics, policy and social science.

Research Themes and Projects Overview

Choose one of the 3 options to specify potential research projects on the GAPP application form:

a)   Select up to max. 3 research projects from the Research Themes below that are of interest to you and list them on the GAPP application form under Section Research Summary on the application form.

b)   Develop your own research project(s) and include a summary of your proposed project(s) (~200-250 words) in the GAPP application form.

c)   You can opt to develop your PhD project during the MRes year. In which case, list your research themes of interest and include a summary interest.

** Please note FIBE-CDT provides no guarantee of either the research topic or a particular supervisor. 

The key research themes, along with potential research topics are listed below. Please click on the relevant theme to see detailed research projects. Students will decide upon their PhD topic during the first year of the MRes+PhD course where there will be plenty of opportunities to discuss and develop a mutually interesting topic with potential Civil Engineering PhD supervisors as listed in the People pages.

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Construction Design and Technology In-service and end of life performance review, off-site manufacturing, facades, sustainable construction operation

Research Projects                                                                                   
FabForm: Making Fabric Formwork a Commercial Reality                           
Wind Energy Absorbing Building Façade                                                 
Prestressed Fabric Formed Concrete Structures                                      

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Building Physics Energy efficiency and management, building simulation and monitoring, smart shading and windows

Research Projects 
 
Adaptive Facades:  A new generation of responsive and energy efficient building envelopes

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Future Energy Infrastructure Nuclear, off-shore wind, oil and gas production, public acceptability and institutional arrangements

Research Projects                                                                                       
Resilient Future Energy Infrastructure
Offshore Wind Tower Foundations  
Geothermal Energy from Large Geotechnical Infrastructure                                                    

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Asset Management Transport infrastructure condition monitoring and performance assessment, extending the life of structures

Research Projects                                                                                    
Load Paths and Loading in Existing Buildings                                           
Smart Infrastructure Repairs                                                                   

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Sustainability and Urbanisation Design future-proofing, carbon implications, climate uncertainties, demographic change

Research Projects                                                                                    
Modelling Construction Equipment CO2 waste                                          

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Construction Materials and Waste Minimisation intelligent self-sensing/healing/regulating materials, bio-mimetic materials, low-carbon/long-life materials

Research Projects                                                                                      
Biomimetic Infrastructure Materials
FRP-Glass Composites: A new generation of transparent, lightweight and energy efficient structural components                                                         

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Water and Waste Flood proofing, water supply/treatment/sanitation networks, land remediation, pollution control

Research Projects                                                                                   
Rainfall-runoff Processes in Urban Environments                                       
Influence of Porous Media on Flood Propagation and Coastal Dynamics       
Sustainable Land Remediation                                                                 

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Computing Technologies in Engineering Computer vision and real-time tracking applications, finite element simulations, big-data crowd-sourcing

Research Projects                                                                                     
Enabling Teleconstruction via Robotics Teleoperation                                
Robotics Prefabrication                                                                            
Digitizing Tunnels                                                                                   
Cloud BIM                                                                                              
User monitoring in buildings to inform structural behaviour                        
Peridynamics for Structural Concrete Analysis                                          

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Infrastructure Resilience against Natural Hazards Earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis/flooding, droughts, climate change

Research Projects                                                                                  
Modelling Submarine Landslides