Professor Rebecca Lunn

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Prizes and awards

Elected as an Outstanding Woman of Scotland
Elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
Elected a Fellow of The Institution of Civil Engineers
Leader of the £1.3M EPSRC Research Consortium SAFE Barriers
Aberconway medallist 2011. Awarded by the Geological Society of London every 2 years to a researcher aged 45 years or less to recognise distinction in the practice of geology with special reference to work in industry

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Fault Fictions : cognitive biases in the conceptualization of fault zones
Shipton Z K, Roberts J J, Comrie E L, Kremer Y, Lunn R J, Caine J S
Geological Society Special Publications (2019)
Development of a reactive transport model for field-scale simulation of microbially induced carbonate precipitation
Minto James M, Lunn Rebecca J, El Mountassir Gráinne
Water Resources Research Vol 55, pp. 7229-7245 (2019)
Detailed internal structure and along-strike variability of the core of a plate boundary fault : the Highland boundary fault, Scotland
McKay Lucy, Shipton Zoe K, Lunn Rebecca J, Andrews Billy, Raub Timothy D, Boyce Adrian J
Journal of the Geological Society (2019)
Micro-continuum modelling of injection strategies for microbially induced carbonate precipitation
Minto James M, El Mountassir Grainne, Lunn Rebecca J
E3S Web of Conferences 7th International Symposium on Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials (2019)
The effect of clay water content in the Jet Erosion Test
Beber Raniero, Tarantino Alessandro, Pedrotti Matteo, Lunn Rebecca
7th International Symposium on Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials (2019)
Automated high accuracy, rapid beam hardening correction in X-Ray Computed Tomography of multi-mineral, heterogeneous core samples
Romano Carla, Minto James M, Shipton Zoe K, Lunn Rebecca J
Computers & Geosciences Vol 131, pp. 144-157 (2019)

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Research interests

  • Use of microbially mediated mineral precipitation for ground improvement and ground sealing
  • Development and application of colloidal silica-based grouts for ground improvement and ground sealing
  • Development of detectable cementitious grouts for reliable barrier formation
  • Fluid flow in geological faults, estimating fault permeability (particular relevance to radioactive waste disposal, CO2 sequestration and oil and gas exploitation)
  • The relationaship between fault permeability and seismicity - temporal and spatial evolution
  • Predicting ground permeability through structural geology and rock mechanics
  • Groundwater flow and contaminant transport
  • Rock mechanics and structural geology
  • Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems
  • Computer modelling

Professional activities

Engineering the Future for Girls summer school
Feasibility study for the use of microbially induced calcite precipitation for improving rock strength
Organiser of 'Engineering the future for girls Summer School'
Erosion testing of colloidal silica grouted specimens
Mechanical testing of colloidal silica grouted specimens
Scottish Government (External organisation)

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STEM Equals (EPSRC Inclusion Matters)
MacGregor, Scott (Principal Investigator) Carter, Sara (Co-investigator) Lunn, Rebecca (Co-investigator) Pyne, Susan (Co-investigator) Renshaw, Joanna (Co-investigator) Rivers, Ian (Co-investigator) Shipton, Zoe (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2021
TRANSCEND: Transformative Science and Engineering for Nuclear Decommissioning
Lunn, Rebecca (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2022
ANRC 013-01 Biotechnology for Treatment and Repair of Concrete Nuclear Infrastructure
Lunn, Rebecca (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2021
What happens to groundwater chemistry during fault slip: implications for rock friction (£1.2K)
Stillings, Mark (Principal Investigator) Shipton, Zoe (Co-investigator) Lunn, Rebecca (Co-investigator) Lord, Richard (Co-investigator)
Mimicking the pressure changes in groundwater during earthquakes. Changes in groundwater pressure can trigger precipitation and dissolution of minerals, changing water chemistry and fracture surfaces. This in turn can lead to changes in rock friction, potentially increasing the magnitude of future earthquakes.
31-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019
Groundwater geochemistry changes during unloading due to reservoir drainage: Main study (£25K)
Lord, Richard (Principal Investigator) Stillings, Mark (Post Grad Student) Lunn, Rebecca (Co-investigator) Shipton, Zoe (Co-investigator) Boyce, Adrian J. (Co-investigator)
Use of NERC Isotope Community Support Facility Application IP-1762-1117 (£25K)
Biomineral Technologies for Ground Engineering (Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair)
Lunn, Rebecca (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2022

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Civil and Environmental Engineering
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