Research

Computational Mechanics

Researchers in civil engineering at NUI Galway use computational mechanics across a wide range of areas, utilising an array of techniques including numerical modelling, analytical solutions and time-frequenvy (wavelet) analysis.

Concrete Technology

Concrete is the most utilised substance in the world after water. Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) is the most common binder used in concrete and can typically contribute to well over 50% of the embodied energy (EE) in concrete.

Earthquake Engineering

Researchers in NUI Galway work very closely with international partners on many projects through EU Framework Programme 7 and other vehicles to develop simulation methods that produce reliable estimates of the design demands on buildings and structures during earthquakes.

Energy Engineering

Staff and students in the Discipline of Civil Engineering conduct research across a wide range of areas in the field of Energy Engineering with a strong focus on Offshore Energy and Energy in Buildings.

Environmental Engineering

Research in Environmental Engineering program places a strong emphasis on both fundamental and applied research and on improving the understanding of the biological, chemical and physical principals of engineered and natural systems. 

Geotechnical Engineering

Geotechnical engineers use theories of soil and rock mechanics, allied with testing and experience, to help understand how earth materials respond to various construction activities such as the formation of foundations, embankments, excavations and tunnels.

Highway, Transport & Airports

Bituminous materials
Earthquake engineering
Holistic design of structures and systems
In-situ measurement of structural performance
Installation of sensors for monitoring the structural performance of buildings and other infrastructure
Optimum design of engineering structures
Structural control and health monitoring

Structural Engineering Development of innovative composite engineering systems

Dynamic response of railway bridge structures
Earthquake engineering
Holistic design of structures and systems
In-situ measurement of structural performance
Installation of sensors for monitoring the structural performance of buildings and other infrastructure
Optimum design of engineering structures
Structural control and health monitoring

Sustainability, The Built Environment, Biofuels and Biorefineries

 

Carbon and GHG emissions accounting
Energy informatics in buildings
Energy systems in buildings
Energy to waste
Holistic environmental and energy management in buildings
Integrated building information models (BIM)
Life-cycle assessment energy and carbon framework
Low energy/ sustainable technology development from water, waste water and water treatment 
Net zero energy water and waste water treatment plants
Smart green buildings
Sustainable building materials
Sustainable construction technology
The NUIG smart/green building campus of the future 

 

Timber Engineering

The timber research laboratory at NUI Galway is the primary timber and engineered wood products testing facility in Ireland. In recent years, the Timber Engineering Research Group (TERG) have established strong links both within academia and industry on both a national and international level. 

Computer Integrated Manufacturing Research Unit (CIMRU)

Specialises in research into innovation management and operations systems design.

Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Studies (COHSS)

Coordinates the programmes in Occupational Health & Safety offered through the College of Science.

Centre for Occupational Health & Safety Engineering and Ergonomics (COHSEE)

Involved in research into ergonomics, human factors engineering, health & safety, and usability for product, process and service innovation.