Manager: Prof. Francesco Ballio
Major research topics of Hydraulic Engineering can be collocated into two main research areas, which, however, are constantly evolving and intersecting with each other. Both areas integrate experimental, theoretical and numerical approaches in fundamental and application-oriented activities.
The Water & Environment research area deals primarily with the movement of water and other fluids on the surface and subsurface of the earth, with links to geophysical hazards. This includes traditional engineering applications such as open channel flows and the most recent advances on the modelling of particle-fluid flows in water and in air. The assessment and mitigation of risk associated with floods, river bridge failure and dispersion of pollutants in aquifers are of great concern
Flood risk management
Flow and transport in porous media
The Fluids, Energy & Industry research area is at the forefront of sustainable development practices. It performs research into new systems, technologies and solutions for optimized design and management of processes involving fluid flows, with particular emphasis on energy harvesting, resource conservation and critical working conditions. Main focus is on pipe flows and subsurface transport in oil and water reservoirs, covering a large range of industrial applications, with links to mechanical and chemical engineering.