W. Chen (Weiqiu)


About Me

Employment record

Sept 2017-Present   University of Twente  (UT)  PhD student, Experimental study on wave-overtopping erosion of  flood defences

Education background

  • Sept 2014-Jun 2017 Hohai University(HHU), Nanjing, China, Master of Engineering in Harbor, Coastal and Offshore Engineering     
  • Sept 2010-Jun 2014 Bachelor of Engineering in Harbor, Waterway and Coastal Engineering          


Earth & Environmental Sciences
Wave Modeling
Engineering & Materials Science
Surface Roughness


The research project focuses on the wave-overtopping erosion of flood defences, which is affiliated with Project D3 of All-Risk program. Most dikes failed as a result of inner slope protection or the crest of dike being eroded. Erosion failure of a dike cover may initiate dike breach. The evolution of dike cover erosion is highly uncertain. Prior research showed that transitions, such as poles, stairs, fences, buildings, appear to be weak spots in the flood defence systems. They still receive limited attention in current methods for design and assessment in Netherlands and other countries. Therefore, the objective of the project is to investigate the influence of transitions on erosion development of slope covers by conducting large-scale experiments.


Chen, W. (2021). The influence of berms, roughness and oblique waves on wave overtopping at dikes. [PhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT, University of Twente]. University of Twente. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036553001
Warmink, J. J. , van Bergeijk, V. M. , Chen, W., van Gent, M. R. A. , & Hulscher, S. J. M. H. (2021). Modelling highly turbulent wave overtopping flows over flood defences. In Annual Report & Research Programme 2019 J.M. Burgerscentrum (pp. 29-31). JM Burgerscentrum.

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Horst Complex (building no. 20)
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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