Product Development

Product Development

The Centre for Infrastructure Management provides research and development (R&D) expertise to industry (especially SMEs) to develop innovative and novel products which enable the companies to maintain a lead market position. The Centre also provides a rigorous project management and business planning expertise to support the development and commercialisation stage of a project. 

It has a significant track record of developing novel products in recent years, including

  • a Cam Driven Coupling System for pressurised pipelines developed in collaboration with an SME. The system has been patented internationally and is in its commercialisation stage
  • an innovative Restraining Joint System for steel pipes developed for a major utility company
  • optimisation of a jacking pipe coupling system developed for an SME
  • hi-tech, low voltage (eg 24v) versatile thermal system developed with an SME for construction applications eg accelerated curing system for concrete, winter concreting and de-icing applications for bridge decks
  • optimisation of corrosion prevention systems being developed in collaboration with a leading professional practice through a Royal Society Industry Fellowship award
  • an accelerated test for chloride diffusion in concrete, for industrial use, being developed in collaboration with a large professional practice
  • an Expert System for optimum repair of bridge infrastructure, developed in collaboration with a software producer SME
  • a bridge management expert system developed in collaboration with a software producer SME Recent project examples are available

Case Studies


Product development


Dr Quanshun Luo
Senior research fellow

Dr Hywel Jones
Knowledge Transfer Champion

Professor Paul Lambert
Visiting professor

Dr Francis Clegg

For more information please contact MERI reception on 0114 225 3500 or email

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