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Catchment Systems Restoration: how to build and model leaky barriers

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, January 31, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

This project is part of the ONE Planet DTP. Find out more here:

Experimental work will include: (1) Hydraulic lab experiments conducted in controlled conditions to validate models for a variety of leaky barrier designs and materials in the new Novak Flume Research Facility; (2) In situ experiments: a number of types of leaky barrier will be trialled and monitored in a real channel – the Natural Green Infrastructure Facility. This unique site can mimic both rural and urban applications; (3) Possible case study sites: Wansbeck (working with National Trust), Weardale NFM demonstrator or Lustrum Beck NFM. These sites will allow a number of larger leaky barrier features to be instrumented and tested in rural environments.
Mathematical modelling will be undertaking including: (1) Pond forensic modelling in which simple models are applied to mimic observations taken at the leaky barriers using water level recorders, velocity meters and cameras; (2) 1D/2D hydrodynamic models. Experimental results will to provide data to inform hydrodynamic models. The aim is to produce a 1D model that can capture the range of behaviour observed in experiments for a range of leaky barrier designs and materials.
Full evaluation of the operation of the leaky barriers for a range of flows will help inform computational fluid dynamics models, which in turn will lead to better design criteria.

Essential: Strong numerical skills and willingness to master hydrological modelling
Desirable: knowledge of hydrological processes and flood management; experience of fieldwork and experimentation
For more information, please contact Caspar Hewett ().

Funding Notes

Fully funded (3.5 years) PhD studentship awards available for entry September 2019. Each award includes fees (Home/EU), an annual living allowance (£14,777) and a Research Training Support Grant (for travel, consumables, as required).

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