Innovation in Complex Transportation Tunnel Systems

World-leading research on fluid flows in pipes by the team led by Professor Alan Vardy has found direct practical application in fields as diverse as road/rail tunnel design practice and offshore engineering.

Innovation in Complex Transportation Tunnel Systems

Civil Engineering at the University of Dundee has industrial impact at the heart of its research activity. Professor Vardy has participated in the design of many of the world’s longest road and rail tunnels and he has worked extensively and successfully with industry partners on the detection and location of blockages in offshore pipelines. His flagship software ThermoTun, which predicts air flows, pressures and temperatures in complex train tunnel systems, is licensed internationally by many major engineering consultancies. His software (MPVC) controls ventilation systems in seven Japanese road tunnels and his oil pipeline software (PipePulse) is used currently in the offshore oil industry to identify and clear flow obstructions in pipelines.

Research Impact

  • The research from Dundee found direct application in road/rail tunnel design practice and in offshore engineering. 
  • The impact is exemplified by Professor Alan Vardy's participation in the design of many of the world's longest road and rail tunnels and in his work with industry on the detection and location of blockages in offshore pipelines. 
  • His flagship software ThermoTun, which predicts transient velocities, pressures and temperatures in complex train:tunnel systems, is licensed internationally by several major engineering consultancies and his software (MPVC) controls ventilation systems in seven Japanese road tunnels. 
  • His oil pipeline software (PipePulse) is used currently in the offshore oil industry to identify and clear flow obstructions in pipelines.

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