Research

Research

The School of Energy, Construction and Environment encompasses a broad range of research interests including but not limited to:

Building energy Humanitarian engineering Geotechnology and soils
Hydrology, fluid mechanics and waste water management Construction management Remote sensing and GIS
Structural materials Oil and gas Emergency and disaster management
Water Quality and Pollution Dynamics Sea level and climate change Structural engineering

We are investigating into the possible impact in the areas of structural materials and the use of waste material in construction as a replacement for cement. Extensive research has been undertaken and is still continuing in this area after impact has already taken place in Iran.

Our research into using bamboo as a structural material and its design, could impact on the design code of bamboo.

Research within the School is supported by our technical facilities including our GIS and image processing equipment, and the civil engineering and materials laboratories.

Spotlight on our researchers

Our team of dedicated researchers are continuously working on projects to influence our teachings. Here are just a few of the projects we are currently working on.

Projects Researcher(s)
Smart meter and sensors system for domestic houses Professor Shuli Liu
Low-carbon cement, novel cementing materials and concrete using by-products and waste materials Professor Eshmaiel Ganjian
Use of bamboo as structural material David Trujillo
Aer-Tech novel material for construction Dr. Messaoud Saidani
Postgraduate research

Research is carried out on the use of waste material in construction. Investigation is focused on the use of waste and by-product materials, such as run-of-station ash (ROSA), basic oxygen slag (BOS), ground granulated blast-furnace slag (GGBS), plasterboard gypsum (PG), and cement bypass dust (BPD) to reduce the amount of cement in paving blocks. The combinations of binary and ternary blends in different mixes are considered. Tensile strength, skid/slip and freeze/thaw resistance of paving blocks, verified that a cementitious mix containing ROSA up to 60%, GGBS up to 55%, BPD up to 25%, and plasterboard gypsum PG up to 5% by weight can replace portland cement without having any substantial impact on the strength or durability of the blocks.

Research collaborations

At the School of Energy, Construction and Environment we are proud of our growing relationships with fellow universities – both national and international – and in industry.

We are currently collaborating on research projects with the following:

  • Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Bogotá)
  • University of Pittsburgh (USA)
  • Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia)
  • Chinese Academy of Forestry
  • University of Sciences and Technology (HSTHB), Algeria
  • National Disaster Management Agency (The Gambia)
  • GEM-Tech Limited, West Midlands, UK
  • International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR, China)
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