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PhD student wins Best Paper Award at International Symposium

18 October 2021

Congratulations to Stephanie Müller who has won the Best Paper Award 2021 at the 9th International Symposium on Environmental Hydraulics.

Stephanie Müller, a PhD student at the School of Engineering, was recognised for her research at the 9th International Symposium on Environmental Hydraulics for the paper entitled “Fish swimming behaviour and kinematics in the wake of a vertical axis turbine.”

Stephanie investigates the use of hydrokinetic vertical axis turbines to harness energy from free-flowing rivers and estuaries, providing a small-scale hydropower alternative that is more environmentally friendly than traditional, large-scale hydropower plants. Specifically, her paper explores the impact of a single vertical-axis turbine on wake hydrodynamics and fish movement using scaled laboratory experiments.

The multidisciplinary project involves Dr Valentine MuhawenimanaGuglielmo Sonnino Sorisio and Dr Catherine Wilson from the School of Engineering’s Hydro-environmental Research Centre, Professor Jo Cable from the School of Biosciences at Cardiff University, and Dr Pablo Ouro from the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester.

The International Symposium on Environmental Hydraulics is a leading research conference that focuses on all aspects of applied hydraulic flows, including atmosphere and oceans, in engineering and science. The symposium is part of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research.

The 9th symposium, held in Seoul National University, Korea and online from July 19 – 21, brought together experts and young talented researchers to actively share research around the main theme of “Advances in Hydro-Environments for an Era of Big Change.”

Many congratulations to Stephanie on this wonderful recognition of the quality of her doctoral research.

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