CFD Modelling in Hydraulic Engineering – QWP Technical Session


Wednesday 8th May 2019 1700-1900, GHD Auditorium, Advanced Engineering Building, University of Queensland St Lucia
Event is FREE to attend for both EA Members and Non-Members


Over the past 60 years, hydraulic modelling has evolved from predominantly physical modelling-based studies to numerical studies, in particular computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling in the last two decades. The proposed talk re-visits the various forms of hydraulic modelling, illustrating the application to a most common hydraulic structure, the standard box culvert, with a twist: how to facilitate the upstream passage of small-bodied fish species.

The proposed talk re-visits the various form of hydraulic modelling, and discusses recent experiences in CFD modelling. The talk will focus the most relevant outcomes, including the challenges associated with a proper CFD validation.

Advanced Engineering Building Hydraulics Lab Tour
There will be an opportunity to visit the University of Queensland AEB Hydraulics lab prior to the presentation between 5:00pm and 5:50pm.  
The UQ AEB Hydraulics Laboratory is the largest teaching and research academic laboratory in Australasia, equipped with 15 flumes, 3 wave basins and 1 wind tunnel.

About the speakers:
Hubert Chanson is Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Queensland, where he has been since 1990, having previously enjoyed an industrial career for six years. His main field of expertise is environmental fluid mechanics and hydraulic engineering, both in terms of theoretical fundamentals, physical and numerical modelling. He leads a group of 5-10 researchers, largely targeting flows around hydraulic structures, two-phase (gas-liquid and solid-liquid) free-surface flows, turbulence in steady and unsteady open channel flows, using computation, lab-scale experiments, field work and analysis. He has published over 850 peer reviewed publications. He serves on the editorial boards of International Journal of Multiphase Flow, Flow Measurement and Instrumentation, Coastal Engineering Journal and Environmental Fluid Mechanics, the latter of which he is currently a senior Editor. 

Dr Xinqian (Sophia) Leng is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Queensland. Her research interests include experimental investigations of unsteady rapidly-varied open channel flows, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling of bores and positive surges, and field investigations of tidal bores. She authored 41 peer-reviewed papers, including 18 international scientific journal articles. Dr Leng is the recipient of the 2018 Baker Medal, Institution of Civil Engineers, UK for the paper entitled “Bores and Hydraulic Jumps. Environmental and Geophysical Applications” published in the journal Engineering and Computational Mechanics, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, UK.

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