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Cranfield University, School of Applied Sciences
19 October 2012
Earth, Environment & Energy, Engineering, Physics
PhD/Studentships, EngD / Engineering Doctorate
Course fee

Further information

Stream is an Industrial Doctoral Centre (IDC) for the Water Sector funded through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Its ambitions are to deliver the next generation of research leaders for the water sector through a programme of leading edge research and advanced skills training. The stream programme is delivered by five collaborating universities, coordinated by Cranfield University and including Imperial College London and the universities of Exeter, Newcastle and Sheffield. It allows talented researchers to develop their skills and careers within an industrial environment through a four year postgraduate programme leading to the award of an EngD degree.

In our first three years of operation the stream Industrial Doctorate Centre has attracted 37 industrially funded research engineers onto the programme, sponsored by 15 different companies with 15 of the projects being collaboratively funded.

Our project sponsors are organisations that are committed to the support of long-term, high-quality research as a way of generating the knowledge and technologies needed to deliver sustainable water services and management. If you’d like to learn more about the programme, please click on the 'Find out more' button to visit the stream website.

The programme offers research engineers:

  • An enhanced stipend
  • Access to masters level training at five leading universities
  • Strong career development programme targeted at producing future engineering leaders
  • Opportunities to present papers at conferences and author academic journal papers
  • Opportunities to undertake a study visit at a leading overseas academic research group.

Current research projects on the STREAM programme

  • Climate change impacts on above and below ground infrastructure
  • Artificial intelligence techniques for flood risk management in urban areas
  • Rational management of the risk of failure in wastewater treatment
  • Towards zero bacteriological failures in distribution systems
  • Ensuring cryptosporidium-free water using UV disinfection
  • Operational management of wastewater collection systems
  • Climate change and the Water Framework Directive
  • Real time monitoring of water transmission and distribution systems
  • Selective polar adsorbents for emerging pollutants
  • Chemical free disinfection
  • Alternative accounting methods for engineering project appraisal
  • Infrastructure reliability and adaptation
  • Coagulant recovery from water works sludge
  • Improving performance of plastic joints
  • Evapotranspiration in tertiary treatment wetlands
  • Pollution prevention in WW networks: biological early warning device and artificial intelligence models
  • Algae reactors for wastewater treatment
  • Machine intelligence methods for urban drainage system design.

Project Sponsors:

  • Albion Water
  • Anglian Water
  • Bristol Water
  • Cla Val
  • Hanovia
  • HR Wallingford
  • Hydro International
  • Micro Drainage
  • Northumbrian Water Limited
  • Scottish Water
  • Severn Trent Water
  • Thames Water
  • Trojan UV
  • United Utilities
  • WRC
  • Yorkshire Water
  • Wessex Water

Cranfield University, School of Applied Sciences

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