David Ferras

Senior Lecturer in Water Supply Engineering


BSc degree in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain (2006). MSc EuroAquae  specializing in Hydroinformatics and Water Management (2012) from an Erasmus+ program composed by a consortium of Universities (University of Nice - Sophia; Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus; Budapest University of Technology and Economics; Technical University of Catalonia; Newcastle University). PhD in Civil Engineering (2016) from a joint doctoral initiative between Polytechnic School of Lausanne and Technical University of Lisbon, focused on the experimental and numerical modelling of hydraulic transients in pressurized flow. Currently, Dr Ferras holds a Lecturer-Researcher position in the department of Environmental Engineering and Water Technology, IHE-Delft, in the field of Water Transport and Distribution.

Research Summary

Dr Ferras PhD research made a significant contribution towards the improvement of one-dimensional (1D) waterhammer modelling in the time-domain by means of the well-known method of characteristics. He identified, described and quantified, experimentally and numerically, the principal mechanic-hydraulic relationships during hydraulic transients in pressurized pipe flows in view of better design criteria and, consequently, reducing risk of failure. Dr Ferras gave a new perspective regarding the theoretical background of FSI 1D modelling by means of a novel classification based on pipe degrees-of-freedom and suggesting an original standpoint for tackling FSI problems. Currently, Dr Ferras continues challenged by the development of advanced tools for the modelling of hydraulic transients in water systems.

Keywords: Hydraulic transients, water-hammer, fluid-structure interaction, water transport and distribution, hydropower.

Other information

Dr Ferras is an active member of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR), where he contributes as editor of the digital monthly publication Newsflash World and he is member of the leading team of the Education and Professional Development committee. On 2015 he was awarded by the same association with the John F. Kennedy award issued during the 36th IAHR World Congress, The Hague.


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