Design planning and modelling of urban area in mitigating the risk of flood and drought with the application of CFD

  • Overview:
    The rapid development of urban areas and climate change are becoming a major concern in threatening the increased intensity and frequency of flooding and drought. Such act will be exacerbating more impacts to businesses and residents especially on the affected areas. There is a need of improving the catchment area and connectivity of the water transport system in mitigating the issue of surface water flood that could channel to a storage for later use during drought season. With the advancement of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), this proposed research project is motivated to incorporate the numerical techniques of CFD in the design and planning process of mitigating the issue of flooding and drought. The study covers the analysis of surface water flooding and improvement of water transport system during the occurrence of flood in the urban area with the potential of integrating artificial waterway as an alternative solution to drought. At such, this research project will brings great relevance within the West Midland regions especially in the urban areas that are known to be at high risk from flooding and drought.

    Person specification
    A valid English language qualification, such as International English Language Test System (Academic IELTS) or equivalent with an overall score of 6.5 with no band below 6.0, must be submitted with your application.
    MSc or equivalent professional or research experience in flood and drought risk management, urban flooding, civil engineering, water and environmental engineering and computational modelling or closely related fields having the knowledge of computational fluid dynamics (CFD), finite volume method and programming.

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    How to apply
    The closing date for applications is 23.59 on Friday 28th June 2019.
    To apply, please complete the project proposal form and then complete the online application where you will be required to upload your proposal in place of a personal statement.
    You can find further details on studying for a PhD and details of how to apply here
    Reference: CEBE-URBCFD

    The successful candidate will be supported by an interdisciplinary research team, consisting of Dr Andy Lim, Andy.lim@bcu.ac.uk, Prof Wenyan Wu, Wenyan.wu@bcu.ac.uk and Prof David Proverbs, David.proverbs@bcu.ac.uk. For further information please contact the Director of Studies, Dr Andy Lim, Andy.lim@bcu.ac.uk.

    Funding notes
    The opportunity is open to Home, EU and International applicants who meet the required Birmingham City University eligibility criteria. The PhD studentship includes a full stipend, paid for a period of 3 years at RCUK rates (in 2019/20 this is £15,009 pa) and fees at Home/EU rate. This studentship is available for September 2019 start and no later than February 2020. International applicants are eligible to apply for this studentship but must meet the shortfall on fees between Home/EU and International rate.

  • Duration: 36 Months