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Working Group on Scour Research

Introduction

Scour is an important issue in the stability and scour protection design of hydraulic and coastal structures. Inappropriate scour design and evaluation may lead to failure of the structure, environmental pollution, and significant economic losses. Therefore, studies on this issue not only can provide scientific references for the design and maintenance of structural foundations, but also have significance in environmental improvement. Recent trends in climate change have highlighted again the fragility of our engineered environment. New research into scour and scour countermeasures around hydraulic and coastal structures in complex hydrodynamic environments will become more sophisticated and more challenging.

Aims and scopes

The IAHR Working Group on Scour Research focuses on the mechanisms of scour, and the design of countermeasures for scour at hydraulic and coastal structures. The primary objective is to create a platform for scientists and engineers to foster communication and collaboration on scour-related topics of mutual interest through multiple events such as the International Workshop on Scour around Hydraulic and Coastal Structures, online seminars, international/regional joint scour survey teams, establishment of an open-access database of worldwide scour-related engineering cases.

Research focuses

  • Mechanisms and characteristics of scour phenomena

  • Scour evaluation around hydraulic and coastal structures

  • Scour protection measures

  • Numerical and experimental methods for scour research

  • Scour monitoring and evaluation

  • Case studies and field investigations of scour problems


Leadership Team
Chair
Dawei Guan

Hohai University

China

Vice Chair
David R. Fuhrman

Technical University of Denmark

Denmark

Lu Wang

State Key Laboratory of Hydraulics and Mountain River Engineering, Sichuan University

China

Secretary
Titi Sui

Hohai Univerisity

China

Member
Hongwei An

University of Western Australia

Australia

Erik Bollaert

AquaVision Engineering

Switzerland

Yorick Broekema

Deltares

Netherlands

Scott Draper

The University of Western Australia

Australia

Tiago Joao Fazeres Ferradosa

Faculdade de Engenharia Universidade do Porto

Portugal

Xiaofeng Liu

Pennsylvania State University

United States of America

Colin Whittaker

University of Auckland

New Zealand

Head of Advisory Board
Bruce W. Melville

University of Auckland

New Zealand

Jinhai Zheng

Hohai University

China

Advisor
LIANG CHENG

South China University of Technology

China

Yee Meng Chiew

Nanyang Technological University

Singapore

Robert Ettema

Colorado State University

United States of America

B. Mutlu Sumer

BM SUMER Consultancy & Research

Turkey

Coming activities

  • 2nd IAHR International Workshop on Scour around Hydraulic and Coastal Structures held in Chengdu, China, on May 20 - 23, 2024. http://www.iwshcs2024.com

Previous activities

  • 1st IAHR International Workshop on Scour around Hydraulic and Coastal Structures held in Nanjing, China, on September 4 - 6, 2023. http://www.iwshcs.org/

  • Special Issue entitled “Scour and liquefaction around offshore wind farm foundation” in Water Science and Engineering (ISSN 1674-2370). http://wse.hhu.edu.cn/en/article/2022/1


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