Fields of expertise
Rock scour, Sediment management, Air-water-rock interaction, Fluid-structure/interface interaction
Feasibility studies, Project & Team Management
2) Engineer, proof and diffuse innovative solutions on water infrastructure
3) Foster sustainable hydropower as renewable energy source worldwide.
1) Lead researcher in Hydropower infrastructure adaptation
2) Coordinator of the Demonstrator for large hydropower schemes
His main research interests are on fluid-structure interaction, dam behaviour, hydraulic transients and multiphase flows in hydraulic structures and water infrastructure.
He graduated from IST Lisbon in 1998, started his career at DHV Portugal in the water & environment department. In 2001 he joined the Laboratory of Hydraulic Constructions (LCH) at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) where he conducted several engineering and research projects. In 2006 he obtained a PhD on the field of rock scour downstream dams. In 2003 he received ICOLD honor certificate for the Next Generation and in 2006 he was granted the ASCE J. C. Stevens Award. From 2006 to end 2014 he worked in Stucky Ltd in Lausanne as project engineer & manager for greenfield hydro projects and rehabilitation and upgrading of existing hydropower schemes and dams in Europe, Africa and Asia, from the study phase till commissioning.
He is an expert in hydraulic structures, dam safety, feasibility studies, design optimization and catchment hydrology. He joined the SCCER-SoE late 2014 as Senior Research Associate on "Hydropower Infrastructure Adaptation", seconded to LCH-EPFL. He is founder of several spin-off associations and companies from IST and EPFL.
Civil Engineering Section (SGC), Platform of Hydraulic Constructions (PL-LCH)
Exec. Educ. Judge Business School
General Management Program
Cambridge University, UK
Docteur es sciences (Dr Eng.)
Dam safety, water-rock-air interactions
EPFL & ETHZ, Switzerland
Master thesis (Erasmus)
TU Delft, The Netherlands
IST Lisbon, Portugal
SmallFLEX - introducing flexible operation on mountain run-of-the-river hydropower schemes. Academic partners: EAWAG, WSL, EPFL-LMH and HES-SO. Industrial partners: Forces Motrices Valaisannes (FMV)
Research work on:
- Storage alternatives & multipurpose infrastructure
- Aeration and deaeration of pressurized hydraulic waterways
- Interplay between water & sediment nowcasting and HHP operation
- Operation of pelton turbines with variable head & jet instability
- Virtual HPP operation and monitoring
- Downstream impact of flexible operation in winter & transition months
RenovHYDRO - renovation of hydropower plants considering new functionalities and services to the grid, in particular:
- adding intra-seasonal flexibility through storage
- hydropeaking mitigation
- combining portfolios
FLEXSTOR - Innovative solutions for flexible hydropower storage
Academic partners: EAWAG, WSL, ETHZ-VAW, EPFL-LMH and HES-SO.
Industrial partners: Kraftwerke Oberhasli (KWO)
Research work on:
- Impulse waves
- Storage management as function of variable demand patterns
- Cascade flushing
- Suspended sediment flushing and related turbine abrasion thresholds
- Pump-turbine instability
N2DT - capacity building in dam surveillance and research needs in dam engineering
Chopin S2C - Caractérisation hydraulique des orifices des chambres d'équilibre d'aménagements à haute chute, paramétrage et influence sur la stabilité du système en charge
HydroNET2 - Methodologies for hydropower plants. Research work on:
- Robust design of hydropower plants under uncertainties
- Design of steel lined pressure tunnels and shafts
IST-EPFL Joint Doctoral Initiative - Environmental hydraulics. Research work on:
- Fluid-structure interaction during hydraulic transients (2015-2016)
- Inline micro-hydropower units in Water Supply networks (2014-2016)
- Uncertainties in water resources quantification in Alpine environments (2014-2015)
SEDITRANS: Sediment transport in fluvial, estuarine and coastal environment (Marie Curie Actions- Initial Training Networks FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN N. 607394 (2013-2014), http://www.seditrans.civil.upatras.gr/)
Dynamic loads generated by high-velocity diffusive jet layers in real-life plunge pools (04/2006 - 11/2006). IST Portugal, IPH/UFRGS Brazil and EPFL/LCH Switzerland. Funded by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT), Portugal.
ESHA Thematic network on Small Hydro, European Small Hydro Association, Switzerland (2003-2004). Network of 11 institutions within the ESHA for promotion of mini-hydro. 4th European Framework program.
Rock scour by plunging jets as found in Dams spillways and outlets, Federal Office for Geology and Energy (2002-2005).
Overflow Dams, Federal Office for Geology and Energy (2000-2001).
Teaching & PhD