Shallow Flows

Date: Monday 07 May 2018 to Wednesday 09 May 2018

Location : von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Sint-Genesius-Rode (near Brussels), Belgium
Contact : VKI secretariat, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Phone: +32 2 359 96 04


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Many flows in environmental and in industrial situations can be characterised as ‘shallow’, with the horizontal scales being essentially larger than the vertical size of the flow domain. Examples are flows in rivers, estuaries, the coastal region, harbours, fresh water reservoirs, but also in settling chambers for water treatment. Shallowness implies a rather specific flow dynamics.


VKI LS Shallow FlowsThe purpose of this Lecture Series is to offer an overview of various aspects of shallow flows: fundamental as well as applied aspects, and numerical modelling as well as laboratory studies and field observations. Topics that will be addressed in the Lecture Series are, for example, laboratory and numerical studies of fundamental physical processes and transport mechanisms in shallow mixing layers, wakes, jets, and open channels. Also, transport of heat, solutes, and pollutants in canonical shallow flows and generic flow configurations will be discussed. Other topics are: interaction with vegetation, sediment transport and morphodynamics, which are relevant features of environmental shallow flows, such as occurring in the coastal area,  estuaries, harbours and in rivers.

The course will be delivered by a number of internationally recognized experts:

  • Professor Huib de Swart, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Assistant Professor Matias Duran Matute, The Netherlands
  • Professor Heidi Nepf, MIT, USA (To be confirmed)
  • Professor Scott A. Socolofsky, Texas A&M, USA
  • Professor Wim Uijttewaal, TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • Professor GertJan van Heijst, TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands

The aim of this course is to give a wide overview of various aspects of shallow flows. No specific prior knowledge of geophysical or environmental fluid dynamics is required, although it is assumed that the participants have a general background in fluid dynamics.

Prof. GertJan van Heijst from Tu Eindhovenis the director of this Lecture Series and Prof. Jeroen van Beeck from VKI the local organiser.

Fee & Registration

Register here

Early bird (until March 7, 2018 included)

Lecture Series Early Bird

Normal fee (after March 7, 2018)

Lecture Series Fees

Type 1: Permanent residents of NATO countries funding VKI: Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Luxemburg, Norway, Portugal, Romania and Turkey
Type 2: Permanent residents of NATO countries or NATO partner countries not funding VKI
Type 3: Permanent residents of non-NATO countries

For PhD candidates and undergraduate students: The request to be considered for a discount must accompany the application to attend the Lecture Series, and the applicant must provide a recommendation letter from his or her professor; if not, the request will not be taken into consideration. All possible alternative sources of funding should be investigated before aid is requested under this scheme, so that those most in need will benefit.

REDUCTION for the normal fee. Not applicable when early bird.

-50% as from the 3rd participant from the same company.



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