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Rawia El Rashidy, University of Leeds, competed in the YEAR competition category Governance of the transport system.
Resilience Assignment Framework using System Dynamic and Fuzzy Logic
This research project focuses on designing a reliable indicator framework to measure the resilience of transport network under unexpected climate change related events. The main advantage of the proposed framework is its ability to consider the effect of network configuration and demand amplification during and after the event by the use of resilience characteristics such as redundancy, reliability and mobility. The framework will be of use to different stakeholders such as decision makers, highway agency and industry in understanding the dynamic nature of resilience under various events. Furthermore, it could be employed as an evaluation tool to gauge transport network performance and highlight weaknesses in the network. The proposed framework will also provide an opportunity to investigate the role of intelligent transport systems in improving the resilience of transport network.
Pejman Keikhaei Dehdezi, University of Nottingham, competed in the field of Energy, environment and resources.
Enhancing Pavements for Thermal Applications
Renewable energy technologies are likely to become more important as other energy sources become depleted and the cost of power generation using fossil fuels rises. However, in most cases, renewable energy technologies require high initial investments that may deter potential users. Pavements comprise large areas of our infrastructure and include roads, pedestrian pathways and parking areas. In addition, many buildings that have a high heating and/or cooling load are built adjacent to large pavement areas (e.g. airport terminals, shopping malls, factories, warehouses, school buildings, and retail outlets). Therefore, there is a great opportunity to turn pavements into a ubiquitous and inexpensive source of energy by equipping it with fluid-filled pipes. The research aims to optimise a pavement’s materials & structure, experimentally and numerically, in order to serve as a solar energy collector and/or storage where the energy can be delivered to nearby buildings (directly or in conjunction with heat pumps).
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