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Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering

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Research in the themes of environment and infrastructure engineering is located within the Bradford Centre for Sustainable Environments (BCSE).

Our research covers a range of activities that aim to study the issues associated with the provision of built infrastructure and how this can interact with the environment and society, and issues surrounding sustainability in the natural and built environment.

The group recognises the importance of sustainability for infrastructure systems and also the requirement to provide technologies to address the needs of such systems to adapt to climate change and reduce their impact on the environment.

Environment

The Environment Theme focuses on studying the science behind the processes, feedbacks and interactions of current and emerging environmental impacts, and the ways in which to mitigate their impact. Currently the impact of environmental noise, flooding, sediment transport, water transported pollutants, and extreme waves are being investigated.

This includes their impact in both the natural and built environment, ranging from rivers, estuaries and coasts to sewers and water distribution pipes. Much of this work revolves around the use of sophisticated laboratory techniques, strongly coupled with the development of new modelling and sensor technologies to allow the development of new mitigation technologies.

Infrastructure

Researchers within the Infrastructure Theme are working on the development of new, low energy construction materials that have higher levels of sustainability. Others are developing new structural analysis and construction methods in order to gain an improved understanding of the behaviour of buildings and structures, in order to develop better rehabilitation strategies.

An emerging area of work in the group is research into various aspects of the behaviour of steel and composite structures.

Facilities

The Hydraulics Laboratory, one of the largest in the UK, houses a number of flumes and hydraulic rigs for the study of environmental fluid mechanics and urban water drainage.

The Acoustics Laboratory hosts an extensive range of acoustic equipment, which are designed to support the development and optimisation of noise control solutions.

The Heavy Structures Laboratory has one of the largest strong floors in the UK. In this facility some of the longest composite beams have been tested with funding from the UK and Europe.