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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


  • 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

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
  • 'Keeping up to date with the Old Way of Doing Things', Baughan, R., Smith, S., Crapper, M., Sherratt, F. 4 Jul 2019
  • When faecal sludge reuse doesn’t work, Mallory, A., Crapper, M., Holm, R. 9 Jul 2018
  • 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
  • CFD-DEM Simulation of Turbulence Modulation in Horizontal Pneumatic Conveying, Ebrahimi, M., Crapper, M. Apr 2017, In: Particuology
  • Self – Propelled Nanofluids a Path to a highly Effective Coolant, El Hasadi, Y., Crapper, M. 25 Dec 2017, In: Applied Thermal Engineering
  • Simulating Geobag Revement Failure Processes, Khajenoori, L., Wright, G., Crapper, M. 13 Aug 2017
  • 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 socio-economic analysis of different approaches to faecal sludge treatment in Sunyani, Ghana, Mallory, A., Crapper, M., Gyasi, S., Boamah, B. Jul 2016

PGR Supervision

  • Maria Monteleone Start: 01/03/2017
  • Olufemi Omitade Start: 01/10/2019
  • Abibat Adedigba Start: 01/03/2017

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

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

Further Information

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

I serve on the Fellowship Panel of the ICE.

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.


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