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Prof Martin Crapper


Department: Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Martin CrapperCivil 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 am one of the leaders 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.

When not working I drive steam engines on heritage railways and sing baritone, and I am a fan of Yorkshire and English cricket.

Campus Address

303c Wynne Jones Building


  • Other Engineering PhD June 30 1996
  • Fellow Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) 2016
  • Member 2016

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 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
  • Self – Propelled Nanofluids a Path to a highly Effective Coolant, El Hasadi, Y., Crapper, M. 25 Dec 2017, In: Applied Thermal Engineering
  • The Byzantine Cisterns of Constantinople, Ward, K., Crapper, M., Altuğ, K., Crow, J. Dec 2017, In: Water Science and Technology : Water Supply
  • Water supply infrastructure of Byzantine Constantinople, Ward, K., Crow, J., Crapper, M. 15 Nov 2017, In: Journal of Roman Archaeology
  • A GIS-based assessment of the Byzantine water supply system of Constantinople, Ruggeri, F., Crapper, M., Snyder, R., Crow, J. 8 Apr 2017, In: Water Science and Technology : Water Supply
  • Simulating the Hydrodynamics of Self-Propelled Colloidal Clusters using Stokesian Dynamics, El Hasadi, Y., Crapper, M. 15 Dec 2016, In: Biomicrofluidics
  • CFD-DEM Simulation of Turbulence Modulation in Horizontal Pneumatic Conveying, Ebrahimi, M., Crapper, M. 15 Oct 2016, In: Particuology
  • A socio-economic analysis of different approaches to faecal sludge treatment in Sunyani, Ghana, Mallory, A., Crapper, M., Gyasi, S., Boamah, B. Jul 2016, 39th WEDC International Conference: Ensuring Availability and Sustainable Management of Water and Sanitation for All
  • Numerical and experimental study of horizontal pneumatic transportation of spherical and low-aspect-ratio cylindrical particles, Ebrahimi, M., Crapper, M., Ooi, J. May 2016, In: Powder Technology
  • Breakage Functions of Particles of Four Different Materials Subjected to Uniaxial Compression, Singh, D., McGlinchey, D., Crapper, M. 2016, In: Particulate Science and Technology

PGR Supervision

  • Maria Monteleone Start: 01/03/2017
  • Abibat Adedigba Start: 01/03/2017


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