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Prof Martin Crapper


Department: Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Civil Engineering defines society: the human race cannot function without clean water, sustainable ways of dealing with waste, transport links, and structures to shelter ourselves and our businesses. Yet the work civil engineers do is generally taken for granted, noticed by the wider public only when something goes wrong.

Throughout my career as a consultant engineer in industry, then an academic, I have sought to deploy Civil Engineering thinking to make the world a better place, working in sediment transport (which affects environmental quality and navigation), transport of particles in fluids more generally (a huge number of industrial processes), water and sanitation in international development, and sustainable management of Civil Engineering assets.

More recently, I have sought to understand our Civil Engineering heritage, using modern thought and techniques to interpret the achievements of the past, and communicate their continuing value, both practically and inspirationally, over succeeding generations. I was a leader of the interdisciplinary project Engineering the Byzantine Water Supply, examining the construction and operation of the aqueducts supplying the Roman city of Constantinople, which was the longest water supply system in the ancient world; I am collaborating with engineering modelling of the water supply and drainage of Pompeii, as well as investigating the hydraulic performance of Roman water pipes excavated from Corbridge.

When not working I fire steam engines on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, and I am a fan of Yorkshire and England cricket.

Martin Crapper

Campus Address

303c Wynne Jones Building

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Heritage Engineering; Asset Management; Water and Sanitation; Multiphase Flow

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Hydraulic engineering analysis of Roman water infrastructure: a review of practice and possibilities, Crapper, M., Motta, D., Keenan-jones, D., Monteleone, M. 31 Aug 2021, In: Water History
  • Laboratory Investigation of Geobag Revetment Performance in Rivers, Khajenoori, L., Wright, G., Crapper, M. 22 Jul 2021, In: Geosciences (Switzerland)
  • The supply of the public lacus of Pompeii, estimated from the discharge of their overflow channels, Monteleone, M., Crapper, M., Motta, D. 1 Jul 2021, In: Water History
  • Evaluating the performance of geobag revetments in rivers, Khajenoori, L., Wright, G., Crapper, M. 2020, River Flow 2020, London, Taylor & Francis
  • Self-propelled nanofluids: a coolant inspired from nature with enhanced thermal transport properties, El Hasadi, Y., Crapper, M. 1 Sep 2020, In: Journal of Molecular Liquids
  • The Valens Aqueduct of Constantinople: Hydrology and Hydraulics, Crapper, M. 1 Dec 2020, In: Water History
  • Using the byzantine water supply of Constantinople to examine modern concepts of sustainability, Ward, K., Smith, S., Crapper, M. 3 Dec 2020, Sustainable Water Engineering, Elsevier
  • Agent-Based Modelling for Simulation-Based Design of Sustainable Faecal Sludge Management Systems, Mallory, A., Crapper, M., Holm, R. 28 Mar 2019, In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • 'Keeping up to date with the Old Way of Doing Things': Competence Management in the UK Heritage Railway Industry, Baughan, R., Smith, S., Crapper, M., Sherratt, F. 4 Jul 2019, Railway Engineering 2019
  • When faecal sludge reuse doesn’t work: a look at access for the poorest and people with disabilities in urban Malawi, Mallory, A., Crapper, M., Holm, R. 9 Jul 2018, 41st WEDC International Conference

PGR Supervision

  • Olufemi Omitade Energy Generation from Domestic Waste. (A Nigeria Case Study) Start Date: 01/10/2019 End Date: 08/07/2021
  • Olufemi Omitade Start Date: 01/10/2019 End Date: 26/02/2021
  • Abibat Adedigba Towards Integrated Sustainable Solid Waste Management in Nigerian Cities Start Date: 01/03/2017
  • M. C. Monteleone An Hydraulic Engineering Analysis of the Public Lacus Fountains in Roman Pompeii Start Date: 01/03/2017

Further Information

I was elected to the Council of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) from December 2018.

I served on the Fellowship Panel of the ICE from 2011 to 2019.

I serve on the Academic Panel of the Permanent Way Institution (PWI).

I am a Reviewer, carrying out Chartered Professional Reviews, for both the ICE and the PWI.


  • Diploma March 06 2019
  • PhD July 01 1996
  • Chartered Engineer CEng
  • Chartered Permanent Way Engineer
  • Chartered Water and Environmental Manager CWEM
  • Fellow in the Institution of Civil Engineers FICE
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy FHEA
  • Member of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Managers MCIWEM
  • Member of the Permanent Way Institution MPWI

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