One PhD scholarship funded by Imperial College London and Severn Trent Water to investigate, formalise and validate an analytical and computational framework for the multi-resolution decomposition, optimisation and control of District Meter Areas (DMAs) in water supply networks (WSNs).
The PhD will be based in the Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London, in the InfraSense Labs research group (led by Dr Ivan Stoianov) working with Severn Trent Water, offering a wide range of training and development opportunities in a highly stimulating environment, as well as access to world-leading academics and water utility experts, facilities and networks.
The overall research goal for this PhD project is to investigate, formalise and validate an analytical and computational framework for the multi-resolution decomposition, optimisation and control of District Meter Areas (DMAs) in water supply networks (WSNs).
This will enable the optimal evolution of existing network topologies (e.g. sectors with single water inlets) into networks, which dynamically adapt their connectivity and operational conditions in order to improve both the redundancy in connectivity and the pressure control; and therefore, improve their resilience (the ability of networks to tolerate and recover from failures and/or respond to extreme demand).
We refer to this framework as Design-for-Control of Adaptive Networks (DCAN). The DCAN framework simultaneously optimises the design (e.g. opening kept shut valves, valve placements and network connectivity modifications) and the operational control (e.g. control functions and settings for valves and pumps for a given configuration). This co-design approach for large-scale WSNs takes into account the hydraulic dynamics and associated uncertainties, and the development of robust mathematical optimisation and control methods that enable multiple operational objectives.
Academic requirements and experience:
How to apply:
Applicants wishing to be considered for these opportunities should send the following application documents to Dr Ivan Stoianov ([email protected])
Application via the Imperial College Registry is not necessary at this stage.
The closing date for applications is 30 July 2020. However, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.
The studentship will provide funding for 3 years including tuition fees and a tax-free stipend at the standard UKRI London rate, ~ £17,000 (tax free) for the 2019/20 academic year.
In addition, allowance is provided for research consumables and conference attendance.
Full funding is available to Home and EU students for a start in October, 2020. The funding can also be used to partly support an international student.