I'm doing a PhD in Water Engineering and Management (WEM) group at University of Twente. In this project, I'm developing a numerical model, using computational fluid dynamics (CFD), to study the impacts of buildings' characteristics and spacing at beach-dune interface on airflow patterns and bed morphology. Besides my PhD project, I'm involved in teaching some courses for the bachelor's degree and master's degree students.
A brief introduction of my project is that the population growth in coastal zones increases the demands for constructing buildings at the beach-dune interface, including holiday cottages, restaurants, sailing clubs and pavilions. These structures change the local airflow patterns in their vicinity which, in turn, alter the aeolian sediment transport and bed morphology. This might affect the dune morphology over longer time scales and therefore impact the coastal safety. In this project, I'm working on the impacts of buildings' characteristics and spacing at beach-dune interface on airflow patterns and bed morphology. Specifically, I'm interested in buildings' characteristics such as buildings' dimension, geometry, orientation, surface roughness and elevation on poles. For this purpose, I developed a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model, using OpenFOAM, which is an open-source CFD solver. The numerical model predictions of airflow patterns as well as the erosion and sedimentation patterns around buildings are validated with available wind-tunnel data and field measurements around scaled buildings at the beach, respectively.
This PhD project is part of a larger project, ShoreScape, that focuses on sustainable co-evolution of the natural and built environment along sandy shores. The project is funded by Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and co-funded by Rijkswaterstaat (RWS) and Hoogheemraadscap Hollands Noorderkwartier (HHNK).
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I'm involved in the following academic courses:
- Supervising tutorials of Fluid Mechanics 1
- Supervising practicals of Fluid Mechanics 1
- Supervising projects of Hydraulic Engineering
ShoreScape: Sustainable co-evolution of the natural and built environment along sandy shores (2018-2022).