Daniel Valero Huerta

Lecturer/Researcher in Hydraulic Engineering


Daniel Valero holds a Civil Engineering degree (Master level) from the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (Spain), from where he also obtained a Master's Degree in Hydraulic Engineering and Environment. He obtained his PhD at the Universite de Liege (Belgium) and worked in Aachen University of Applied Sciences (Germany) for four years, where he gained experimental and numerical modelling experience on multiphase flows. His main expertise is related to the fluid mechanics of high head hydraulic structures, with a special focus on areas such as air-water flows and energy dissipation. Additionally, his experience with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) dates back to 2011 and, ever since, he has participated in the three-dimensional numerical modelling of: sewers, smooth and stepped spillways, standardized and unconventional energy dissipators, vortex formation in pump intakes, turbulent contaminant transport, and heat transfer; these were oftentimes accompanied by experimental modelling. His works have also advanced knowledge on multiphase flows instrumentation through the use of robust filtering and computer vision techniques.

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PhD thesis:

Valero, D. (2018). On the Fluid Mechanics of Self-Aeration in Open Channel Flows. PhD thesis, Universite de Liege. Handle: 2268/229191

Recent JCR publications:


Kramer, M., Valero, D., Chanson, H., and Bung, D. B. (2019). Towards reliable turbulence estimations with phase-detection probes: An adaptive window cross-correlation technique. Experiments in Fluids, 60(2). DOI: 10.1007/s00348-018-2650-9

Valero, D., Nicolo, V., and Gualtieri, C. (2019). Numerical Simulation of Hydraulic Jumps. Part 1: Experimental Data for Modelling Performance Assessment. Water, 11(1), 36. DOI: 10.3390/w11010036

Nicolo, V., Valero, D., and Gualtieri, C. (2019). Numerical Simulation of Hydraulic Jumps. Part 2: Recent Results and Future Outlook. Water, 11(1), 28. DOI: 10.3390/w11010028


Valero, D., and Bung, D. B. (2018). Reformulating self-aeration in hydraulic structures: turbulent growth of free surface perturbations leading to air entrainment. International Journal of Multiphase Flow, 100, 127-142. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijmultiphaseflow.2017.12.011

Valero, D., Bung, D. B., and Crookston, B. M. (2018). Energy Dissipation of a Type III Basin under Design and Adverse Conditions for Stepped and Smooth Spillways. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 144 (7), 04018036. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)HY.1943-7900.0001482

Valero, D., and Bung, D. B. (2018). Vectrino Profiler Spatial Filtering for Shear Flows Based on the Mean Velocity Gradient Equation. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 144 (7), 04018037. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)HY.1943-7900.0001485

Zhang, G., Valero, D., Bung, D. B., and Chanson, H. (2018). On the estimation of free-surface turbulence using ultrasonic sensors. Flow Measurement and Instrumentation, 60, 171-184. DOI: 10.1016/j.flowmeasinst.2018.02.009


Kerpen, N. B., Bung, D. B., Valero, D., and Schlurmann, T. (2017). Energy dissipation within the wave run-up at stepped revetments. Journal of Ocean University of China, 16(4), 649–654. DOI: 10.1007/s11802-017-3355-z


Valero, D., and Bung, D. B. (2016). Development of the interfacial air layer in the non-aerated region of high-velocity spillway flows. Instabilities growth, entrapped air and influence on the self-aeration onset. International Journal of Multiphase Flow, 84, 66-74. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijmultiphaseflow.2016.04.012

Valero, D., and Bung, D. B. (2016). Sensitivity of turbulent Schmidt number and turbulence model to simulations of jets in crossflow. Environmental Modelling & Software, 82, 218-228. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2016.04.030

Bayon, A., Valero, D., Garcia-Bartual, R., Valles-Moran, and Lopez-Jimenez, P. A. (2016). Performance assessment of OpenFOAM and FLOW-3D in the numerical modeling of a low Reynolds number hydraulic jump. Environmental Modelling & Software, 80, 322-335. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2016.02.018

Bung, D. B., and Valero, D. (2016). Optical flow estimation in aerated flows. Journal of Hydraulic Research, 54 (5), 575-580. DOI: 10.1080/00221686.2016.1173600

Other information

Daniel is member of ICOLD and Editorial Panel Member of Water Management (ICE Publishing). Daniel is also actively engaged with the IAHR community, having recently taken part as Local Organizing Committee member of international events such as the 7th International Symposium on Hydraulic Structures (ISHS 2018) or 6th IAHR International Junior Researcher and Engineer Workshop on Hydraulic Structures (IJREWHS 2016). He also has been member of the International Scientific Committee of HydroSenSoft (2017, 2019) and served as reviewer for numerous Journals and leading scientific events. He has served as Scientific Committee of Revista Hidrolatinoamericana (IAHR Journal), which aims to promote hydraulic engineering across Spanish and Portuguese speaking young researchers.


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