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Reference Number EP/P02369X/1
Title Emergency Resource Location-Allocation and Deployment (eROAD) Tool
Status Completed
Energy Categories Not Energy Related 65%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 35%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 35%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (General Engineering and Mineral & Mining Engineering) 65%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 80%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Environmental dimensions) 20%;
Principal Investigator Dr S Dunn
No email address given
Sch of Engineering
Newcastle University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 May 2017
End Date 01 August 2019
Duration 28 months
Total Grant Value £97,071
Industrial Sectors Energy; Transport Systems and Vehicles
Region North East
Programme NC : Engineering
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr S Dunn , Sch of Engineering, Newcastle University (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands (0.000%)
Project Contact , National Grid plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Highways Agency (0.000%)
Project Contact , Department for Transport (DfT) (0.000%)
Project Contact , ENA - Energy Networks Association (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of Wollongong, Australia (0.000%)
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Abstract Infrastructure systems, such as water, electrical and transport networks, form the backbone of a countries social, economic and environmental wellbeing and underpin the stable functioning of our modern communities.These systems are currently being subjected to a multitude of challenges - from a changing climate, to increasing population demands and economic austerity. The individual components of infrastructure systems (e.g. roads, bridges, reservoirs) are constructed to have long asset lives and existing components were not designed to cope with these ever increasing external pressures. As a consequence, the ability of our infrastructure systems to provide a basic quality and quantity of service after a severe weather event is being compromised. In the case of the winter 2013/14 storms, almost 1million households were cut off from electricity supplies and many we not reconnected for several days. We therefore require solutions to increase the resilience of our infrastructure systems and to minimise the disruption to our communities after a severe weather event.In many cases, current solutions to increase the resilience of infrastructure systems are based on an ad hoc procedure. This is mainly due to the current high levels of uncertainty regarding long-term climate projections, meaning that they cannot be reliably used as a basis for changing the design of future assets (e.g. through alteration of design codes), or to inform decisions to permanently alter current assets (e.g. through the construction of permanent flooding defences). Within this current "period of flux" we cannot simply do nothing, nor can we base decisions upon such uncertain models, we therefore require alternate more "adaptive" solutions to increase the resilience of our infrastructure. This research will develop a new generation of analysis and decision making tools required by engineers to identify how to locate, and when to deploy, resources to protect critical infrastructure during extreme weather events. Using this solution, a "baseline level" of service to our communities can be ensured, through either the protection of individual assets or through the provision of a temporary service, without the need of long-term climate scenarios to inform decisions
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