This project is offered in collaboration with Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (UPCT),
Currently, we are good at modelling the movement of water
in urban drainage systems, but we are still lacking the ability to model the transportation
and sedimentation of the particles in water with sufficient accuracy. Particles
carry a large part of the pollution that ends up in the environment when there
are overflows from the system and particles that sediment in the pipes can
reduce the hydraulic capacity and cause system failure. It is therefore
important to be able to model particle transportation and sedimentation, and
this project is about testing and developing methods for doing this.
Case and data
Murcia is a city with more than 400 thousand inhabitants
located at the southeast of Spain. Its drainage system is a combined sewer
system in which several spill weirs are designed to avoid/reduce flooding
during storm events. However the spilled water ends up in the river. It is
quite important to know the pollutants which are being transported into the
This is being analysed through turbidity measurements
[1-2], which can be used to assess the environmental impacts and therefore optimise
(economically/environmentally) the sizing of storm tanks etc. On the other
hand, improving the knowledge of solid particles transport  in the sewer
system can allow optimising its design and its maintenance. In this project,
you will be able to work with a SWMM model of Murcia's sewer system and with good
experimental data that has already been collected.
This Master Thesis can be combined (if wished) with a
traineeship at Cartagena's Technical University (UPCT) for visiting in sito the
hydraulic infrastructure involved.
It may be convenient for the student to know either MIKE
URBAN or SWMM and MATLAB/Octave/Python or a similar platform.
A previous related Master's Thesis (in Spanish)
(references are in page
Spanish Co-supervisor: Either Antonio Vigueras-Rodríguez
or Juan T.
In collaboration withUniversidad Politécnica de Cartagena (UPCT), Spain