R.P. van Denderen MSc (Robert)

PhD Candidate on river morphodynamics

About Me

  • 2012 - 2014 MSc. Civil Engineering (Hydraulic Engineering), Delft University of Technology
  • 2009 - 2012 BSc. Civil Engineering, Delft University of Technology


    Data Analysis


    On the dynamics of side channels as rehabilitation measure: linking theory and practice

    Side channels are a popular method to restore the ecological value of the river and to lower the water level during floods. However, due to erosion and sedimentation processes in the side channel, regular maintenance is required. An optimal design of a side channel minimizes the cost of the maintenance, but requires a better understanding of the processes in and around the side channel. These processes include the sediment distribution at the bifurcation, the effect of graded sediment on the sediment distribution and the erosion/sedimentation processes in the main channel and side channel. My PhD research is part of a larger research program Rivercare.


    van Denderen, R. P., Hulscher, S. J. M. H., & Schielen, R. M. J. (2018). A simple estimation of side channel development. In A. Armanini, & E. Nucci (Eds.), New Challenges in Hydraulic Research and Engineering: Proceedings of the 5th IAHR Europe Congress (pp. 471-472). Research Publishing. DOI: 10.3850/978-981-11-2731-1_106-cd
    van Denderen, R. P., Schielen, R. M. J., & Hulscher, S. J. M. H. (2017). Sediment sorting at a side channel system. 79-79. Abstract from NCR days 2017, Wageningen, Netherlands.
    van Denderen, R. P., Schielen, R. M. J., Blom, A., Kleinhans, M. G., & Hulscher, S. J. M. H. (2016). Characteristics of side channels in the River Ain, France. In G. Constantinescu, M. Garcia, & D. Hanes (Eds.), Proceedings of the international conference on fluvial hydraulics (River Flow 2016), St. Louis, USA, 11-14 July 2016 (pp. 220-228). Boca Raton: CRC Press - Taylor & Francis group.
    van Denderen, R. P., Schielen, R. M. J., & Hulscher, S. J. M. H. (2015). Observed evolution of side channels. 73-76. Abstract from NCR-Days 2015, Nijmegen, Netherlands.

    UT Research Information System



    • Fluid Mechanics 1, Bsc level. Supervising the tutorials
    • Fluid Mechanics 2, Bsc level. Supervising the tutorials
    • River Dynamics, Msc level. Supervising the tutorials

    Supervision of Bsc graduation projects:

    • 2017 S.G. Westerhof, Variation of grain sizes in side channel: Case study side channels near Gameren.
    • 2017 G.B. Tuitert, River Waal: Preliminary hydraulic and morphological.
      impact analysis of the Room for the Waal intervention.
    • 2016 M. van der Lans, Variation of grain sizes in side channels.
    • 2016 B.A. Leijser, Water level management Aa and Maas.
    • 2015 M. Asschert, Increased groundwater level below roads.

    Supervision of Msc graduation projects:

    • 2016 M. Clements, Analysis of flow process at the downstream side of various river measures using 1D- and 2D flow models.
    • 2016 R. Boom, Hydraulic models in stream restoration.

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    University of Twente
    Faculty of Engineering Technology
    Horst Complex (building no. 20), room W207
    De Horst 2
    7522LW  Enschede
    The Netherlands

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    University of Twente
    Faculty of Engineering Technology
    Horst Complex  W207
    P.O. Box 217
    7500 AE Enschede
    The Netherlands

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