Dr. Alalea Kia

Permia Ltd

Dr Alalea Kia is a Postdoctoral Researcher (Research Associate) in the Structures and Materials Infrastructure section of Imperial College London. She completed her PhD at Imperial College London on control of clogging in permeable concrete pavements.
Her research has involved the development of a high-strength clogging resistant permeable pavement capable of retaining sufficient porosity and permeability for storm-water infiltration without requiring frequent maintenance. This innovative system, that is not only resistant to clogging but also has high permeability and compressive strength, will help alleviate urban flooding and contribute towards a more sustainable urbanisation.
Following completion of her PhD in early 2019, she undertook the Postdoctoral Researcher position, where she is translating her research to real applications through demonstrating how the concept can be scaled and delivered on site. She is interested in the field of concrete technology, specifically permeable concrete pavements, durability of concrete structures and development of green infrastructure.

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High-strength clogging resistant permeable pavement

Permeable pavement is utilised to alleviate flooding in cities and other urban areas, but it is prone to clogging, has relatively low strength and requires regular maintenance. We have developed a novel permeable pavement with low tortuosity pore structure that can be cast on-site that is not only resistant to clogging, but also has high permeability and strength. This innovative system will help alleviate urban flooding contributing towards a more sustainable urbanisation.