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ir. P. Pourteimouri (Paran)

PhD Candidate

About Me

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.

Expertise

Earth & Environmental Sciences
Airflow
Beach
Coastal Zone
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Dune
Erosion
Sediment Transport
Engineering & Materials Science
Breakwaters

Research

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).

Publications

Recent
Wijnberg, K. , Poppema, D. , Mulder, J., van Bergen, J. , Campmans, G. , Galiforni-Silva, F. , Hulscher, S. , & Pourteimouri, P. (2021). Beach-dune modelling in support of Building with Nature for an integrated spatial design of urbanized sandy shores. In J. van Bergen, S. Nijhuis, N. Brand, & M. Hertogh (Eds.), Building with Nature perspectives: Cross-disciplinary BwN approaches in coastal regions (pp. 241-259). (Research in Urbanism Series; Vol. 7). TU Delft open. https://doi.org/10.47982/rius.7.136
Pourteimouri, P. , Campmans, G. , Wijnberg, K. , & Hulscher, S. (2020). The impact of buildings' characteristics on airflow patterns and bed morphology at beaches, using CFD modelling. In P. Lynett (Ed.), Proceedings of virtual Conference on Coastal Engineering, 2020 (International Conference Proceedings of Coastal Engineering; Vol. 36). https://doi.org/10.9753/icce.v36v.sediment.4
Other Contributions

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Education

I'm involved in the following academic courses:

Bachelor course(s): 

  • Supervising tutorials of Fluid Mechanics 1
  • Supervising practicals of Fluid Mechanics 1

Master course(s):

  • Supervising projects of Hydraulic Engineering

Projects

ShoreScape: Sustainable co-evolution of the natural and built environment along sandy shores (2018-2022).

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst - Ring (building no. 21)
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst - Ring
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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