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Valentin Heller

Assistant Professor in Hydraulics, Faculty of Engineering

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Biography

Dr Valentin Heller is currently an Assistant Professor in Hydraulics in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Nottingham. Before moving to the University of Nottingham in 2014, he held one of the prestigious Imperial College London Research Fellowships working on various experimental and numerical research projects (2011-2014). He worked further as a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton (2008-2011) conducting research into wave energy conversion funded by EPSRC and the EC. His first postdoctoral research took place at ETH Zurich in 2008. ETH Zurich was also the place where he received his PhD for the research project "Landslide generated impulse waves - Prediction of near field characteristics".

Dr Heller is a graduated Civil Engineering (MSc) addressing in his final year project "Ski jump hydraulics", which was awarded the Maggia Price 2004. He further received the Harold Jan Schoemaker Award in 2013 from IAHR for the most outstanding paper published in the Journal of Hydraulic Research in 2011-2012 (Scale effects in physical hydraulic engineering models). Dr Heller is the project leader of a EU funded HYDRALAB+ project, was the PI of a NERC funded project, is an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Marine Science and Engineering and a technical reviewer for more than 20 academic journals.

Dr Heller is a member of the Geohazards and Earth Processes research group.

Teaching Summary

Current modules:

Hydraulic Design and Experiments (H23HDE) - Convenor (SS 2018)

Technical Writing (2nd year Workshop F1) - Convenor (AS 2017)

Hydraulics (2nd year Workshop H1) - Convenor (AS/SS 2017/18)

MEng Investigative Project (H24A04) - Contributor (AS/SS 2015/16, AS/SS 2016/17, AS/SS 2017/18)

MEng Group Design Project (GDP) (H24A03) - Contributor (AS 2015, AS 2016, AS 2017)

BEng Individual Investigative Project (H23A13) - Contributor (AS/SS 2015/16, AS/SS 2016/17, AS/SS 2017/18)

MSc Civil Engineering Research Project Organisation and Planning (H24POP) - Contributor (SS 2016, SS 2017)

Engineering for People Design Challenge - Convenor (50%, SS 2017, SS 2018)

Past modules:

Air Quality and Noise (H22EAQ) - Convenor (SS 2015, SS 2016, SS 2017)

Steel Design Project (Technical writing part) (H22A12) - Convenor (AS/SS 2016/17)

Hydraulics Lab Module (H22HLM) - Convenor (SS 2016)

Experiments in Fluids (H23EXF) - Contributor (SS 2015)

Fluid Mechanics I (Open Channel Flows) (SS 2014 at Imperial College London)

Weekly surgery hour:

Friday 3-4pm

Research Summary

Dr Heller is mainly active in Experimental Fluid Dynamics from small to very large scale (within HYDRALAB+) and he and his research team further apply a wide range of Computational Fluid Dynamics… read more

Selected Publications

I am currently the principal supervisor of 3 PhD students and of several undergraduate student projects. Funding opportunities for exceptional home and international PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers are available on a competitive basis. In general, I am interested in postdoctoral researchers and PhD students in the following areas:

  • Landslide-tsunamis
  • Wave and tidal energy conversion
  • Fluid-structure interaction
  • Scale effects in fluids and granular flows

Talented, enthusiastic and motivated students with good marks are more than welcome to apply. Sometimes fully-funded studentships are available which would be advertised on my personal research webpage.

Current Research

Dr Heller is mainly active in Experimental Fluid Dynamics from small to very large scale (within HYDRALAB+) and he and his research team further apply a wide range of Computational Fluid Dynamics CFD, and other, codes such as DualSPHysics, OpenFOAM, SWASH and LIGGGHTS-DEM. His current research includes the following key areas:

  • Landslide-tsunamis (impulse waves)
  • Scale effects in fluids and granular flows
  • Marine renewable energy

Dr Heller is the project leader of the EU funded HYDRALAB+ project "Tsunamis due to ice masses: Different calving mechanisms and linkage to landslide-tsunamis", he was the PI of the NERC funded project "A hybrid investigation of geometrical effects on landslide-tsunamis: Generic hazard assessment and numerical benchmark test cases" (NE/K000578/1) and he was the lead author of the now widely applied landslide-tsunami hazard assessment method "Landslide generated impulse waves - Basics and computation". He is further an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Marine Science and Engineering where he also edited the special issue Tsunami Science and Engineering, a technical reviewer for over 20 academic journals and for three research councils and his article on scale effects received the 17th Harold Jan Schoemaker Award from IAHR in 2013.

Further details about Dr Heller's research are available on his personal research webpage: www.drvalentinheller.com.

Past Research

  • Ski jump hydraulics

Faculty of Engineering

The University of Nottingham
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