Infrastructure and Environment Research Themes

All Research Themes at the Institute for Infrastructure and Environment
  • Environmental engineering is focused on developing sustainable processes to improve the natural and built environment for all living beings.

    We are interested in the design of Civil and Environmental Engineering systems for people - systems that provide vital services such as water, sanitation and wastewater management.

    Environmental Engineering Laboratories at the School of Engineering

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  • The University of Edinburgh established research in the field of Fire Safety Engineering in the early 1970s and today has the largest group of postgraduate researchers and academics specialising on fire science and fire safety engineering research in Europe.

    We are a world-class research fire centre with 40 research members from more than 18 different nationalities.

    Teaching and research in fire safety at Edinburgh

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  • The Granular Mechanics and Industrial Infrastructure Group conducts fundamental research on the mechanics of granular materials and their interaction with industrial infrastructure, with broad applications in silo design, bulk solids handling, paste rheology, fluidisation and natural hazard mitigation.

    About the Group

    The research group has diverse research expertise and themes studying granular materials from particle to full-industrial scales, from dry to multiphase systems; and has been developing novel discrete and continuum theories and numerical methods and experimental techniques to enable such research.

    Pilot Silo Facility

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  • Research within this theme focuses on developing non-destructive testing, infrastructure sensing and monitoring methodologies and on evaluating and adapting promising new sensor technologies for tomorrow's smart infrastructure designs.

    We conduct interdisciplinary research into continuous monitoring, on-site assessment and safe operation of civil engineering structures and systems in order to ascertain the real behaviour and devise optimal maintenance strategies to increase useful life and reduce life-cycle cost.

    Modal analysis based on vibration measurement.

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  • The multi-award winning Edinburgh Railway Group is focused on undertaking world leading research and delivering solutions to the international railway industry.

    The railway research has ranged from NDT/radar assessment of masonry arch railway bridges, through geophysical identification of abandoned mineshafts, condition monitoring of fouling of railway ballast and concrete slab track using GPR (radar) and impulse response through to numerical modelling of ground borne vibrations from high speed trains using the University of Edinburgh's supercomputer a

    Ground borne vibrations modelling

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  • Structural Engineering is about employing scientific principles and methodologies tempered by engineering pragmatism and judgement to conceive, analyse, design, construct, maintain, rehabilitate and decommission civil infrastructure components and systems, ensuring the safety of users and occupants over their design life, especially during times of extreme demand (fire, blast, earthquake, i

    Quantification of structural resistance (capacity), or capacity of a structure under a broad range of loading conditions (structural demands) is a challenging problem, given the diversity of construction materials, structural systems and loading patterns a structure may have to experience over its lifetime.

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