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Mohsen Ebrahimi, PhD, GMICE, AMASCE

River Engineer| Former Research Fellow & Physical Modeller


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I joined the Centre for Water Systems (CWS) at the University of Exeter in May 2015. I was doing a project on the effect of debris blockage and scour at masonry bridges under flood conditions via physical (experimental) modelling. This is a multi-disciplinary project in which I collaborate with Prof Slobodan Djordjevic, Dr Prakash Kripakaran and Prof Gavin Tabor from CWS, Prof Scott Arthur from Heriot-Watt University, Prof Dušan Prodanovic from University of Belgrade, and an industry consortium composed of major stakeholders involved in the UK bridge management. In January 2018 and with Prof Michael Belmont, I started a project on the impact of a novel generation of tidal turbines (MRL turbine) on seabed erosion.

Prior to my appointment at CWS, I completed my PhD at Queen’s University, Canada, where I did physical modelling of flow, bank erosion and planimetric changes in meandering streams at the River and Estuarine Morphodynamics Facility of Queen's University. During this, I have also been involved in teaching three courses in undergraduate civil engineering program, including Fluid Mechanics, Hydrology and River Engineering.

I did my MSc in Marine Structures Engineering at University of Tehran, Iran. The degree was focusing on coastal engineering and marine construction, and I did my thesis on numerical simulation of scour and trench migration in 2DV free surface flows.

Research interests:

  • Physical modelling of flow and morphological processes
  • Feedback between vegetation and morphology

Teaching interests:

  • Sediment transport
  • River engineering
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Hydrology


  • PhD (River Engineering)
  • MSc (Marine Structures Engineering)
  • BSc (Civil Engineering)
  • EIT (PEO Canada)

Other activities:

  • Graphic design

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