Numerical Modelling Of Coastal Defences Under Extreme Climatic Events

Coventry University - Centre for Flow Measurement and Fluid Mechanics


Worldwide around one billion people live in coastal area at risk of sea-level rise. Scientific estimates on sea level rise have increased considerably since its last projection in 2007. It is therefore no surprise that coastal flooding is one of the most significant issues in the world today, especially as human populations continue to grow and occupy the coastal zone. The most obvious consequence of sea-level rise is reduced freeboard levels at coastal defences, hence the increased likelihood of flooding. However, our changing climate is also causing additional problems with potential increases in the intensity, severity and frequency of coastal storms and surges occurring, which will allow larger waves to reach our defences due to increased water depths.

The aim of this project is to produce robust and efficient predictive tool for the quantity of wave-by-wave overtopping, over-wash, wave pressure & loads, sediment transport and scouring for both soft and hard coastal defences. Given that industries and consultant engineers have no access to experimental facilities, such tools are vital to evaluate the performance of transformative future technologies in the coastal region.



The Flow Measurement and Fluid Mechanics Faculty Research Centre undertakes fundamental and applied research into industrially-relevant complex flows including:

  • Smart Pipes, Vessels and Advanced Sensors
  • Process Tomography and Process Nowcasting
  • Fluid Mechanics of Complex Flows
  • Advanced Computing
  • Clean Combustion
  • Reservoir modelling

Flow measurement is an integral and vital part of many industrial processes. Plant control, product quality and safety systems are often underpinned by the need to measure flows of liquids, gases and solids. Trade of fuels, industrial feedstock and chemical products relies on accurate measurement of flow. Flow measurement is an essential element of all modern industrial societies.



Successful applicants will have:

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the Project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average, or
  • A Masters Degree in a relevant subject area will be considered as an equivalent. The Masters must have been attained with overall marks at merit level (60%). In addition, the dissertation or equivalent element in the Masters must also have been attained with a mark at merit level (60%).
  • The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a prescribed period of study
  • Language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).


  • Knowledge and background in coastal engineering is desirable.
  • Knowledge and experience of CFD modelling is expected.
  • The candidate should possess good programming skills.

Experience in one or more of the following areas is also desirable: Coastal flooding, Multi-phase flow modelling, SPH, OpenFOAM and MATLAB.

Closing Date: 31st August

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