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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VKI LS Shallow Flows

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.

The 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. 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.

The Lecture Series Director is Professor GertJan van Heijst from TU Eindhoven and the local coordinator is Professor Jeroen van Beeck from the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics.


Monday 7 May 2018

  • 8:30 Welcome
  • 9:00 Lab experiments on shallow flows / tidal exchange flows
    Professor GertJan van Heijst , TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • 10:30 Coffee break
  • 11:00 Scaling of shallow flows / sediment transport
    Assistant Professor Matias Duran Matute,TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 Transport and mixing processes in rivers
    Professor Wim Uijttewaal, TU Delft, The Netherlands
  • 15:15 Coffee break
  • 15:45 Transport and mixing processes in rivers (Continued)
    Professor Wim Uijttewaal
  • 17:00 Reception

Tuesday 8 May 2018

  • 09:00 Tidal transport
     Dr. Theo Gerkema, NIOZ, The Netherlands
  • 10:30 Coffee break
  • 11:00 Stability analysis of shallow flows
    Professor Scott Socolofsky, Texas A&M, USA
  • 12:30 Lunch and poster session
  • 14:00 Tidal jet vortices and inlet mixing
    Professor Scott Socolofsky
  • 15:15 Coffee break
  • 15:45 Geomorphodynamics of coastal and inland seas
    Professor Huib de Swart, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands

Wednesday 9 May 2018

  • 09:00 Geomorphodynamics of coastal and inland seas (Continued)
    Professor Huib de Swart
  • 10:30 Coffee break
  • 11:00 Interaction with vegetation
    Professor Heidi Nepf, MIT, USA
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 Interaction with vegetation (Continued)
    Professor Heidi Nepf
  • 15:15 End of the Lecture Series

Fee & Registration

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Extended Early bird (until March 27, 2018 included)

Lecture Series Early Bird

Normal fee (after March 27, 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.


-50% as from the 3rd participant from the same company (on the normal fee, not applicable if early bird registration)

SPECIAL OFFER FOR JMBC PhD Students and postdocs

The registration fee and the accommodation costs will be reimbursed by the J.M. Burgerscentrum under the usual condition. To apply for this special condition, select the following participant type: Officially registered JMBC PhD students and JMBC postdocs.



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