Hydraulics/Hydrology Seminar Series

channel geometry
Dr. Kyungrock Paik
Dr. Kyungrock Paik will be speaking on Wednesday 2/3 at 2:30 p.m. in HAMP 6153. The title of the seminar is "Feedbacks between channel geometry and sediment distribution."

Feedbacks between channel geometry and sediment distribution

Dr. Kyungrock Paik
Edward M. Curtis Visiting Professor
Lyles School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University

Associate Professor
School of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering
Korea University

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
2:30 p.m.
HAMP 3153


Natural streams exhibit interesting scaling relationships in the variation of their width, depth, velocity among others at a given cross-section or along downstream direction. We have investigated how these scaling relationships vary between rivers. While most natural rivers show greater rate of width increase than that of depth along downstream, inverse cases have been reported as well. Understanding a dominant control behind the formation of such cases has remained an interesting question. During our pursuit on this question, a noticeable correlation was found between channel geometry scaling and spatial variability in suspended sediment concentration. This has lead us to study a further interesting question: whether varying channel geometry drives spatial variability in sediment rating or vice versa. We have tried to solve this puzzling question by analyzing observed data and numerical modeling.

Brief Bio:

Dr. Paik received Bachelor’s and Master’s degree (Civil Engineering) in 1995 and 2001, respectively, from Korea University. He received Ph.D. degree in 2006 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Just after his Ph.D., i.e., starting in 2006, he was appointed as a Lecturer at the School of Environmental Systems Engineering, at the University of Western Australia. He moved to Korea University in 2009 and is currently an Associate Professor at the School of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering. He is visiting Purdue as the Curtis Visiting Professor, and will stay at Lyles School of Civil Engineering until May 2016.