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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Infrastructure and Built Environment

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Research Themes

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 overview

The key research themes, along with some illustrative examples (of varying granularity), are listed below. 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.

icon-construction Construction design and technology In-service and end of life performance review, off-site manufacturing, facades, sustainable construction operations
Icon Physics Building physics Energy efficiency and management, building simulation and monitoring, smart shading and windows
Icon Energy Future energy infrastructure Nuclear, off-shore wind, oil and gas production, public acceptability and institutional arrangements
Icon Asset Asset management Transport infrastructure condition monitoring and performance assessment, extending the life of structures
Icon Urbanisation Sustainability and urbanisation Design future-proofing, carbon implications, climate uncertainties, demographic change
Icon Construction Materials Construction materials and waste minimisation intelligent self-sensing/healing/regulating materials, bio-mimetic materials, low-carbon/long-life materials
Icon water Water and waste Flood proofing, water supply/treatment/sanitation networks, land remediation, pollution control
Icon Digital Computing technologies in Engineering Computer vision and real-time tracking applications, finite element simulations, big-data crowd-sourcing
Icon Hazard Infrastructure resilience against natural hazards Earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis/flooding, droughts, climate change