Study level



Science and Engineering Faculty

School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Dr Sabrina Fawzia
Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Professor David Thambiratnam
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Dr Tatheer Zahra
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty


With population increases in major cities accompanied by increase in vehicles on road and waterways, structures such as columns in buildings and bridges as well as walls in buildings that are adjacent to the roads or waterways become vulnerable to vehicular crashes. These impacts cause damage or failure to the structure and injuries/deaths to passengers and users of the structure.

This project will evaluate the vulnerability of one of those structures to credible vehicular crash and the effects of controlling parameters. It will then propose mitigation strategies using new materials technology and advanced modelling techniques.

Research activities

You'll conduct extensive computer modelling and analysis using the finite element method. You'll also be involved in limited experimental testing using our innovative impact testing machine at our Banyo testing facility.


Upon conclusion of the research project, you'll have created:

  • a vulnerability assessment of the structure to credible vehicular crashes
  • mitigation strategies involving new materials technology to minimise the adverse effects of the crashes.

Skills and experience

To be considered for this student topic, you should have knowledge of:

  • structural dynamics (EGB475)
  • finite element modelling and analysis (EGB485).


You may be able to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round.

Annual scholarship round



Contact the supervisor for more information.