Understanding soil-root interaction for greener built environment
Project Description

Urban greening has multiple benefits to our society and brings us a better living environment. Protecting trees from withthrown, especially under the negative impact of climate change, is challenging and requires new knowledge of cross-disciplinary research in root biomechanics. This project seeks for improved understanding of the engineering properties of plant roots, including its tensile and flexural behaviour, under different loading conditions.

Supervisor
LEUNG Anthony
Quota
3
Course type
UROP1000
Applicant's Roles

Student(s) is/are expected to design and implement an experimental programme that could characterise the root biomehcanical properties relevant to windthrown action. At the initial stage, students will be guided by technicians in operating a material testing machine, but in later stage, they are expected to run their planned experiments independently.

Applicant's Learning Objectives

Students will (1) gain hand-on experiences on quality sample handling techniques and rigorous laboratory testing protocols; (2) discover new biomechanical behaviour of plant roots from engineering perspective; and (3) apply new scientific findings of cross-disciplinary research to inform engineering design of vegetation effects on civil engineering infrastructure.

Complexity of the project
Moderate