Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Doctor of Philosophy / Master of Philosophy

Sept 2018 Entry

Introduction


Continuing the tradition started by the first Government Trade School in 1937, the mission of the Department is to provide high-quality, application-oriented programmes to educate future professionals to meet the infrastructure needs of Hong Kong and China. It also seeks to advance scientific knowledge and facilitate technology transfer in sustainable development through research and consultancy activities. The Department has 40 academic members (at Research Assistant Professor level and above) who teach undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, supervise 147 on-going PhD and 3 MPhil students and over 100 research personnel, lead research projects and undertake community services. To sustain and strengthen its research capability, three research centres and four research groups have been established in the Department.

 

The Department is dedicated to fundamental and application-oriented research to sustain urban development in mainland China and other parts of Asia. Four major focused research areas have been identified: Smart and Resilient Transportation, Sustainable Materials and Structures, Sustainable Urban Environment and Urban Geohazards and Mitigation.

Research Areas


Coastal and Hydraulic Engineering

Coastal Hydraulics, Water Quality Modelling, Circulation Modelling

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Computational Fluid Dynamics, Coastal and Environmental Hydraulics

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Pipe Fluid Dynamics, Urban Water System Assessment and Optimisation, Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Hydraulic Wave Analysis and Application, Computational Fluid Dynamics

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Sediment Transport Phenomena and Modelling, Environmental Sediment Dynamics, Ecohydraulics, Greenroof Technology

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Construction and Transportation

Construction Project /Program Management, Sustainable Construction, Infrastructure Systems, Sustainable Infrastructure, Pavement Engineering 

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Intelligent Transportation System, Smart City, Transport modeling, Operation Research in Transport and Logistics, Transport Economics

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Project Organisation Management, Infrastructure Life Cycle Assessment, Infrastructure Resilience, Construction Complex Systems

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Sustainable Pavement Materials and Technologies, Transportation Structure Nondestructive Evaluation, Pavement Material Characterisation and Modeling, and Accelerated Pavement Testing and Instrumentation

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Transportation Engineering, Travel Demand Forecasting, Network Analysis, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Public Transport and Pedestrian Studies

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Transportation Systems Modeling and Analysis, Transportation Network Reliability Analysis, Non-motorized Transportation Modeling, Path Flow Estimator and Planning Applications, Applied Optimisation to Civil Infrastructure Problems

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Environmental Engineering

Accident Prediction, Injury Prevention, Applications of Statistical Model for Safety Analysis, Human Behavior for Safety Studies and Safety Policy and Regulation

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Air Quality Monitoring, Total Ozone Column, Solar Ultraviolet Radiation, Boundary Layer Dynamics and Chemistry 

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Atmospheric Chemistry, Air Pollution Meteorology, Instrument Development, Field Measurements and Data Analysis 

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Atmospheric Chemistry; VOC Photochemistry, Source Apportionment, Acidic Ultrafine Particles, Secondary Organic Aerosol, Indoor Air Chemistry 

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Biofuel, Bio-composites, Lignocellulosic Biomass, Biological Model, Activated Sludge Process

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Contaminated Land Remediation, Urban Water Management, Waste Recycling and Resource Recovery, Environmental Chemistry

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Eco-friendly Construction Materials, Concrete Technology, Waste Recycling and Management 

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Energy Capture from Wastewater; Fermentation; Anaerobic Digestion; Anammox; Meta'omic Analysis; Thermodynamic Computation

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Environmental Nanotechnology, Aerosol Technology, Advanced Water Treatment, Environmental Sensing, Environmental Chemistry

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Indoor Air Pollution, Toxic Air Pollutants, Emission Source Characterisation, Carbonaceous Aerosol Characterisation 

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Sediment Quality Assessment, Urban Environmental Geochemistry, Phytoremediation of Contaminated Land, Air Pollution Monitoring and Assessment, Hazardous Waste Treatment

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Water/Wastewater Treatment, Industrial Effluent Treatment and Design, Environmental Chemistry, Soil Remediation 

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Geotechnical Engineering

Geomechanics, Damage and Fracture Mechanics, Continuum Mechanics, Rock Mechanics, Earthquake Engineering, Landslides, Rockfall, Debris Flow, Dynamic Impacts, Tsunami

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Numerical Methods, Discrete Element Analysis, Slope and Pile, Deep Excavation

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Pile Group/Piled Raft Optimisation, Interaction between Foundation and Superstructure, Optical Fibre Strain Sensing, Spatial Variability of Soil Properties, Ground Improvement

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Testing Studies of the Properties and Behaviour of Soils, Constitutive Modelling, Soft Soil Improvement, Geosynthetics-Reinforcement and Modelling, Slope Analysis and Stabilisation, Monitoring of Geotechnical Structures Using Optical Fiber Sensors and Advanced Instrument, Soil/Structure Interactions, Geotechnical Numerical Analyses, Development of Advanced Soil Lab Testing Apparatus

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Structural Engineering

Emerging Structural Materials and Systems, Retrofit and Construction of Structures with FRP Composites, Seismic Assessment and Retrofit of Structures, Life-Cycle Structural Engineering, Steel Structures, Thin-Walled Structures 

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Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites for Construction, Durability and Life Cycle Management of RC Structures in Marine Environments, Structural Applications of Fiber-Reinforced Cementitious Composites, Geopolymer concrete, Prefabricated construction

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Life-cycle Engineering and Management, Resilient Infrastructure Systems, Reliability and Risk Assessment, Sustainable and Smart Infrastructures, Multi-hazard Management and Climate Change Adaptation

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Seismic Design and Analysis, Concrete Structures, Retrofitting and Strengthening, Construction Law 

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Smart Materials and Structures, Nonlinear Dynamics, Noise Control and Mitigation, Thermo-acoustics and Structural Vibration Control

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Smart Materials and Structures, Structural Health Monitoring, Hazard Mitigation, Performance-based Design Methodology 

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Steel Structures, Non-linear Solution Methods, Buckling, Stability, Advanced Nonlinear Design, Glass Structures, Non-linear Finite Element Analysis, Second Order Analysis, Steel and Bamboo Scaffolding and Structures 

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Steel Structures, Steel-concrete Composite Structures and Cold-formed Steel Construction, Code Development, Fire Engineering and Fire Protection, Fire Resistant Design, Development of Steel Building Products, Bamboo Structures 

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Structural Health Monitoring; Structural Condition Assessment and Damage Detection; Finite Element Model Updating; Nonlinear Vibration of Cables; Structural Dynamics

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Structural Health Monitoring, Structural Dynamics and Control, Monitoring and Control in Rail Engineering, Smart Materials and Structures, Sensors and Actuators

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Tubular Structures; Steel Structures and Steel-Concrete Composite Structures; Pultruded FRP Structures and Smart Structures; Earthquake Engineering

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Wind Engineering, Bridge Aerodynamics, Field Measurement, Structural Health Monitoring, Structural Vibration Control, Smart Structures, Earthquake Engineering

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Research Facilities


The Department manages 24 laboratories and 2 workshops (mechanical and electronic) to provide a controlled environment to support teaching, research and services to the community. The Department has the following laboratories and workshops under different units.    

 

Construction and Transportation Unit

 

  • Hong Kong Road Research Laboratory
  • Transport and Highway Engineering Laboratory

 

Environmental Engineering Unit

 

  • Air Pollution Laboratory
  • Atmospheric Research Laboratory
  • Carbon Analysis and Filter Handling Clean Room
  • Environmental Chamber
  • Noise Laboratory/ Semi-anechoic Chamber
  • Odour Research Laboratory
  • Water and Waste Teaching Laboratory
  • Water and Waste Research Laboratory
  • Water Analysis Laboratory

 

Geotechnical Engineering Unit

 

  • Geology Laboratory
  • Soil Mechanics Laboratory
  • Rock Mechanics Laboratory

 

Hydraulic Engineering Unit

 

  • Hydraulics Laboratory
  • Hydraulics Laboratory (Eco-hydraulics Research Center)
  • Hydraulics Laboratory (Sensors Development Office)

 

Structural Engineering Unit

 

  • Concrete Materials Laboratory
  • Concrete Technology Laboratory
  • Light Structures Laboratory
  • Structural Engineering Research Laboratory
  • Structural Dynamics Laboratory
  • Structural Health Monitoring Laboratory

 

Workshops

 

  • Electronic Workshop
  • Mechanical Workshop

 

Others

 

  • Computer Room

Other Information


No information is available at present.

Supporting Documents


Academic Referee's Report Form

Compulsory - Two Academic Referee's Reports are required

Research Proposal Form

Compulsory

Transcript / Certificate

Compulsory