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Fire Safety of Modern Timber Infrastructure

Dr Rory Hadden

Infrastructure and Environment

Exposed structural timber elements within a compartment creates an additional fuel load which must be considered in design. This research focuses on quantifying this additional fuel load, and understanding conditions where after burnout of the compartment contents, the additional exposed timber may stop burning (auto-extinguish). 

Fire-fighting underventilated fires

Dr Ricky Carvel

Infrastructure and Environment

Working with the fire brigades, and using a small-scale experimental apparatus to define appropriate fire-fighting responses to underventilated fires in sealed or partially sealed compartments. 

FireComp: Modelling the thermo-mechanical behaviour of high pressure vessel in composite materials when exposed to fire conditions

Dr Stephen Welch

Infrastructure and Environment

Hydrogen is expected to be highly valuable energy carrier for the 21st century as it should participate in answering main societal and economical concerns. To exploit its benefits at large scale, further research and technological developments are required. In particular, the storage of hydrogen must be secured. Even if burst in service of pressure vessels in composite material is very unlikely, when exposed to a fire, they present safety challenges imposing to correctly size their means of protection.

Flow and sintering of non-spherical particles in additive manufacturing

Dr. Jin Sun

Infrastructure and Environment

The Edinburgh part of the project focues on the multi-physics modelling of particle dynamics and sintering behaviour in selective laser sintering processes. This work is an integrated part of an EPSRC funded project to develop fundamental understanding of particle behavour in additive manufacturing, collaborating with the University of Exeter. This project proposes to investigate the way polymeric powders of different shapes and sizes flow, interact and sinter in the laser sintering process, through modelling and experimental validation. Laser sintering is part of the additive manufacturing technology, known for its benefits in industries where custom made products, lightweight and complex designs are required.


GECOMPL: Generalised Continuum Models and Plasticity

Dr Stefanos Papanicolopulos

Infrastructure and Environment

The GECOMPL project aims to enable wider adoption of generalised plasticity models in practical applications. More specifically, the project proposes a detailed study of the formulation of both existing and new elastoplastic constitutive laws in the framework of generalised continua, leading to a better understanding of the different possible constitutive models and providing both the necessary theoretical basis and the appropriate numerical tools needed to use generalised continuum models in describing elastoplastic behaviour.

GREENNET An early stage training network in enabling technologies for GREEN radio

Professor Harald Haas

Digital Communications

Greenet is an Initial Training Network (ITN) Marie Curie project that is focused on the analysis, design, and optimization of energy efficient wireless communication systems and networks.

Geobag Revetments for river bank reinforcement in Bangladesh

Dr Martin Crapper

Infrastructure and Environment

This project aims at the production of guidelines for the safe design of revetments, which are often constructed manually by local farmers, with little engineering input.

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Modelling

Dr Antonis Giannopoulos

Infrastructure and Environment

Welcome to GPR Max, a ground penetrating radar simulation tool.

HARP: High capacity network Architecture with Remote radio heads & Parasitic antenna arrays

Dr Tharmalingam Ratnarajah

Digital Communications

To bring distributed multi-antenna wireless access to reality by combining two powerful emerging technologies:

radio remote heads (RRHs), which allow for widely geographically distributed access via radio-over-fibre connections to a central base station; and electronically steerable passive array radiators – ESPARs, which provide multi-antenna-like functionality with a single active RF chain only
Health and Safety in Voluntary Sector Construction

Dr Martin Crapper

Infrastructure and Environment

This research, conducted using sociological methods, investigates how these volunteer workers of railway sector construct safety in their volunteering environment.


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