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.

    Environmental Engineering Laboratories at the School of Engineering
  • 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.

    The BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering was formed a decade ago and has forged strong links with a number of industrial partners in the UK, Europe and further afield.

    Teaching and research in fire safety at Edinburgh
  • 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.

    Pilot Silo Facility
  • 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.

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

    Ground borne vibrations modelling
  • 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, impact, storms, etc.).

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