Study level

  • PhD


Faculty of Business and Law

School of Accountancy

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.

Research centre


Professor David Thambiratnam
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Engineering

External supervisors

  • Adjunct Professor Nimal Perera, Robert Bird Group


Transport tunnels are important components of the transport systems in major cities. They can be vulnerable to bomb explosions caused by accidental or deliberate means.

This project will evaluate the vulnerability of transport tunnels to credible blast events and the influence of key parameters. We'll then propose measures to mitigate the adverse effects of such explosions to maximise the safety of passengers, infrastructure and transport vehicles.

Research activities

As part of the research project, you'll carry out extensive computer modelling and analysis on the response of transport tunnels to blast events.


Outcomes will include the vulnerability assessment of the tunnel and the proposed measures to mitigate the adverse effects of credible blast events.

Your findings will be submitted for publication.

Skills and experience

We expect you to have knowledge of structural dynamics and the finite element method (EGB475 and EGB485).


You may be eligible to apply for a research scholarship.

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