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Dr Prakash Kripakaran

PhD/Postdoc positions

I encourage interested PhD applicants and researchers to get in touch with me via email.

CSC-Exeter PhD Scholarships: 

We have a number of PhD scholarships jointly funded by the China Scholarship Council and the University of Exeter. Please visit the following website: I encourage interested applicants to contact me via email (

EPSRC funded PhD studentships: 

We have a number of PhD scholarships funded by the EPSRC. Please visit  following website: I encourage interested applicants to contact me via email (

Below are some other opportunities for obtaining funding for PhD studentships and postdoctoral research.

I am happy to support and work with enthusiastic applicants on proposals to seek funding for studentships from external funding bodies (national councils, EU etc).  

PhD Topics 

I am keen to supervise PhD students interested in topics related to structural design and management of civil infrastructure. Below are a list of potential PhD topics.

  • Machine learning techniques for structural health monitoring
  • Resilience of civil structures to extreme events such as flooding and storms
  • Experimental studies on scour and erosion around hydraulic structures including bridge piers
  • Impact forces from water-borne debris with bridges
  • Fluid-structure interaction at offshore structures such as wind turbine monopiles
  • Computational modelling of free surface fluid flow
  • Design optimisation of steel structures 
  • BIM and Augmented Reality for enhancing productivity in construction

Current PhD students

  I am first supervisor for the following students 
  • Edmond Gabriel Ewah (2021-), Experimental and numerical modelling of large wood debris collisions with bridge structures
  • Anmar Al-Adly (2022-), Physics-informed machine learning approaches for structural health monitoring of bridges
  • Vik Reid (2021-), Vortex-induced vibration in offshore power cables

I am second supervisor for the following students

  • Saugat Sharma (2023 - ), Approaches coupling CFD and DEM for modelling erosion, QUEX studentship
  • Hojune Ann (2020 - ), Computer vision for structural health monitoring
  • Hiba Talmoust (2023 - ), Evaluating embodied and operational carbon of mechanical and electrical systems to deliver Net Zero Buildings

Former PhD students

  • Jalil Kwad (2019) (Now academic at Anbar university, Iraq)
  • Rolands Kromanis (2014) (Now academic at Twente University)

Postdoctoral researchers

  • Diego Panici (2019 - 2020) (Now academic at University of Exeter)
  • Recep Kahraman (2015-2018) (Now at HiETA technologies)
  • Mohsen Ebrahimi (2015-2018) (Now at Mott MacDonald)