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Youen Pericault
Youen Pericault

Youen Pericault

PhD Student
Luleå University of Technology
Urban Water Engineering
Architecture and Water
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
+46 (0)920 493528
T3038 Luleå

Youen’s research is focused on the assessment of strategies intended to reduce excavation works related to the maintenance and expansion of urban water pipe networks. The overall aim is to develop knowledge and digital tools that can support informed, sustainability-based decision making when it comes to the implementation of excavation reduction strategies such as:

  • Coordinated replacement of adjacent physical assets: urban water pipes, road, district-heating, etc.
  • Use of trenchless technologies for the rehabilitation of urban water pipes.
  • Shallow co-location of urban water and district heating pipes above the frost depth using insulated utility corridors (utilidors).

The research methods include statistical analysis of empirical data (e.g. pipe service lives, economic costs and durations of pipe rehabilitation projects), environmental and economic lifecycle analysis, multi-criteria sustainability assessment, as well as pipes temperature measurements and modelling (to assess the functionality of shallow insulated utilidors).

Research projects


Article in journal

Data-driven asset management in urban water pipe networks (2021)

a proposed conceptual framework
Okwori. E, Pericault. Y, Ugarelli. R, Viklander. M, Hedström. A
Journal of Hydroinformatics, Vol. 23, nr. 5, s. 1014-1029
Article in journal

Temperature performance of a heat-traced utilidor for sewer and water pipes in seasonally frozen ground (2020)

Pericault. Y, Risberg. M, Viklander. M, Hedström. A
Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, Vol. 97
Conference paper

Correcting for the impact of past coordination on the estimation of pipe cohorts survival functions (2019)

Pericault. Y, Bruaset. S, Ugarelli. R, Viklander. M, Hedström. A
Paper presented at : 9th International Conference on Sewer Processes & Networks, Aalborg Denmark, August 27-30 2019