Research Themes

The main themes of fundamentally oriented research at the Hydraulics Laboratory are:

  • Hydraulic structures (navigation locks, weirs, bank and bed protection, energy dissipation, fish passages,…)
  • Hydro- and morphodynamics of rivers and estuaries
  • Eco-hydraulics

Candidates interested in starting up PhD research on the aforementioned themes are requested to contact the laboratory staff.

Contract research

The laboratory also carries out contract research (with physical models, numerical models and field measurement campaigns) in various branches of applied hydraulics: river and canal engineering, hydraulic structures, closed conduit flow, urban hydraulics, ...

On-going PhD research

  • Identification of morphodynamic equilibria in arbitrary shaped tidal basins with intertidal areas by means of idealized models (Thomas Boelens)
  • Experimental and numerical modelling of the flow-bed interaction at open channel confluences (Pedro Ramos)
  • Experimental study of exchange processes between a shallow water flow and a lateral basin in presence of standing surface gravity waves (Lukas Engelen)

Recently defended PhD research

  • On the influence of extreme discharge ratios onto open channel confluence hydro- and morphodynamics (Laurent Schindfessel)
  • On the influence of hydraulic resistance onto flow patterns in an open channel confluence (Stéphan Creëlle)
  • Experimental and numerical modeling of dynamic dredging plumes (Boudewijn Decrop)
  • Interaction between water flow and macrophytes: an experimental and numerical Study of flow and sedimentation in vegetation patches (Dieter Meire)
  • Optical imaging techniques for determining the spatial heterogeneity in vegetated streams and rivers (Rebeca Roldan Gonzales)
  • Experimental study of the hydrodynamic performance of a nature-friendly bank protection subject to ship waves in a confined, non-tidal waterway (Sieglien De Roo)
  • A fundamental study of exchange processes in river ecosystems (Liesbet De Doncker)


Confluence Flume