Wenming (William) Zhang, PhD, PEng

Assistant Professor, Water Resources Engineering, Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept

Contact

Assistant Professor, Water Resources Engineering, Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept
Email
wenming@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-6678
Address
7-308 Donadeo Innovation Centre For Engineering
9211-116 St
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5

Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

Water Resources Engineering Hydraulics Urban Drainage Pollutant Transport and Fate Multiphase Flow Rivers


About

Education:

  • Ph.D., Water Resources Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, 2012
  • M.Sc. , Environmental Engineering, Hohai University, Nanjing, China, 2007
  • B.Sc. (Hons), Environmental Engineering, Hohai University, Nanjing, China, 2004

Professional Experience:

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta, 2018-Present 
  • Water Resources Engineer, City of Edmonton Drainage Services (EPCOR Utilities Inc. Drainage), 2016-2018 
  • Water Resources Engineer/Specialist, ISL Engineering & Land Services Ltd, 2015-2016
  • Post-doc Fellow, University of British Columbia, 2013, 2014
  • Post-doc Fellow, University of Alberta, 2012-2015

Awards and Honors:

  • International Water Association (IWA) Water Science & Technology (Journal), Editor’s Choice Paper, 2020
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Karl Emil Hilgard Hydraulic Prize, 2018
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Samuel Arnold Greeley Award, 2017
  • University of Alberta FS Chia Ph.D. Scholarship, 2007-2011
  • University of Alberta Henry Kroeger Memorial Graduate Scholarship, 2010
  • University of Alberta Dr. Donald R Stanley Graduate Scholarship , 2010
  • University of Alberta Henry Kroeger Memorial Graduate Scholarship, 2009
  • University of Alberta Dr. Donald R Stanley Graduate Scholarship, 2008
  • University of Alberta Henry Kroeger Memorial Graduate Scholarship, 2008
  • And other 16 scholarships

Professional Affiliation:

  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Member, Canadian Society of Civil Engineering (CSCE)
  • P. Eng., The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)

Research

Research Projects and Interests:

My general research interests are in studying hydraulics (environmental-, urban-, eco-hydraulics), multiphase flow and environmental principles and applying them in man-made and natural environments to satisfy human's development needs while minimizing impacts to the environments. My specific project and interests include:  

• Sustainable, Smart & Resilient Urban Drainage Systems (based on urban hydraulics)

  • Urban Flood Mitigation 
  • Low Impact Development (LID)
  • Stormwater Ponds/Wetlands
  • Sewer Odour & Corrosion (Focusing on H2S and Air Movement in Sewers)
  • Inflow/Infiltration (I/I) into Sewers
  • Urban Stormwater Pollutant Loadings
  • Smart Urban Drainage Systems
  • Integrated Urban Water (One-water) Management

• Pollutant Transport & Fate in the Environments (based on environmental hydraulics)

  • Transport and Fate of Pollutants in Rivers (with and without Ice Cover)
  • Transport of Pollutants in Turbulent Jets and Plumes
  • Transport and Fate of COD in Sea Bays
  • Transport and Fate of Nutrients and TSS in Ponds and Wetlands
  • Transport and Fate of Microplastics (MPs) in Aquatic Environment
  • Transport and Fate of Respiratory Aerosols/Droplets in Air (Related to COVID-19)

• Multiphase Flow & Environmental Remediation (based on multiphase flow theories & environmental engineering)

  • Air/water Two-phase Flow (Macro Bubbles, Micro Bubbles & Nano Bubbles; Bubbly Jets; Bubble Plumes)
  • Air/Water/Solids Three-phase Flow
  • Applications of Multiphase Flow (e.g., in Aeration; in Sewers)
  • Rivers with Low Dissolved Oxygen
  • Eutrophic Ponds & Lakes
  • Tailing Ponds in Oil Sands Industry

• Optimization of Hydrodynamics in Systems (based on eco-hydraulics, hydrodynamics monitoring and CFD modeling)

  • Optimizing Hydrodynamics in Dam Tailrace to Facilitate Fish Migration
  • Natural-like Fishway Hydraulics
  • Optimizing Hydrodynamics in Environmental Bioreactors  

Publications:

Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications/Book Chapters

  1. Chi, W., Zhang, X., Zhang, W. *, Bao, X., Liu, Y., Liu, J., and Zhang, Y. (2020). “Impact of tidally induced residual circulations on Impact of tidally induced residual circulations on chemical oxygen demand (COD) distribution in Laizhou Bay, China.” Marine Pollution Bulletin (IF = 3.8), 151, 110811.
  2. Zhang, L., Du, S., Zhang, X., Lyu, G., Dong, D., Hua, X., Zhang, W., Guo, Z. (2020). “Occurrence, distribution, and ecological risk of pharmaceuticals in a seasonally ice-sealed river: From ice formation to melting.” Journal of Hazardous Materials (IF = 7.7), 389, 122083.
  3. Zhang, X., Wang, H., Zhou, F., Zhang, W. (2020). “Exploring the dynamics of Cu transported from the Yangtze River to the East China Sea.” Marine Pollution Bulletin (IF = 3.8), 156, 111250.
  4. Pan, G., Wang, B., Guo, S., Zhang, W., Edwini-Bonsu, S. (2020). “Statistical analysis of sewer odour based on ten-year complaint data.” Water Science and Technology (IF = 1.6), 81 (6), 1221-1230.
  5. Sun, L., Zhang, W., and Zhu, D. Z. (2020). “Emission of hydrogen sulfide from falling sewage drops in drop structures.” ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering (IF = 1.7), 146 (12), 1221–1230.
  6. Bett, N.N., Hinch, S.G., et al., Zhang, W., and Zhu, D. Z. (2020). “Using an integrative research approach to improve fish migrations in regulated rivers: a case study on pacific salmon in the Seton River, Canada.” Hydrobiologia (IF = 2.3), in press, DOI: 10.1007/s10750-020-04371-2.
  7. Zhou, Y., Hu, B, Zhang, W., Zhang, Y., Zhang, Y., and Zhang., T. (2020). “The nitrous oxide emission from the stormwater biofilters in dry and wet events”. Environmental Research (IF = 5.7), 191, 110137. 
  8. Wang, Q, Li, B, Zhang, P, Zhang, W., Hu, X., and Li, X. (2020). “2D black phosphorus and tungsten trioxide heterojunction for enhancing photocatalytic performance in visible light”. RSC Adv. (IF = 3.1), 10, 27538-27551. 
  9.  Wang, Y.X., Yin, Z.G., Zhang, W.*, and Zhu, D.Z. (2019). “Computational study of bubbly jets in stagnant water.” Journal of Hydrodynamics (IF = 2.3), 31(5): 1021-1033.
  10. Ma, Y., Zhu, D.Z., Zhang, W., and Edwini-Bonsu, S. (2019). “Field monitoring and design optimization of dropshafts with air circulation pipes.” Journal of Hydro-environment Research (IF = 2.6), 22: 57-69.
  11.  Guo, S, Qian, Y., Zhu, D.Z., Zhang, W., and Edwini-Bonsu, S. (2018). “Effects of drop structures and pump station on sewer air pressure and hydrogen sulfide: field investigation.” ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering (IF = 1.7), 144(3): 0401 8011.
  12.  Baki, A.B.M., Zhang, W., Zhu, D.Z., and Rajaratnam, N. (2017) “Flow structures in the vicinity of a submerged boulder within a boulder array.” ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering (IF = 2.2), 143(5): 04016104.  
  13.  Qian, Y, Zhu, D. Z., Zhang, W., Rajaratnam, N., Edwini-Bonsu, S., Steffler, P. (2017). “Air movement induced by water flow with a hydraulic jump in changing slope pipes.” ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering (IF = 2.2), 143(4): 04016092.
  14.  Zhang, W., Zhu, D.Z., Rajaratnam, N., Edwini-Bonsu, S., Fiala, J., and Pelz, W. (2016). “Use of air circulation pipes in deep dropshafts for reducing air induction into sanitary sewers.” ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering (IF = 1.7), 142(4), 04015092. 
  15.  Zhang, W., and Zhu, D.Z. (2015). “Far-field properties of aerated water jets in air.” International Journal of Multiphase Flow (IF = 2.8), 76, 158–167.
  16.  Zhang, W., Liu, M., Zhu, D.Z., and Rajaratnam, N. (2014). “Mean and turbulent bubble velocities in free hydraulic jumps for small to intermediate Froude numbers.” ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering (IF = 2.2), 140(11), 04014055.
  17.  Zhang, W., and Zhu, D.Z. (2014). “Trajectories of air-water bubbly jets in crossflows.” ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering (IF = 2.2), 140(7), 06014011.
  18.  Zhang, W., and Zhu, D.Z. (2013). “Bubble characteristics of air-water bubbly jets in crossflow.” International Journal of Multiphase Flow (IF = 2.8), 55, 156-171.
  19. Zhang, W., Rajaratnam, N, and Zhu, D.Z. (2012). “Chapter 7 Transport with Jets and Plumes of Chemicals in the Environment”, Transport and Fate of Chemicals in the Environment. Springer, NY, USA, pp 141-174 (book chapter).
  20.  Zhang, W., and Zhu, D.Z. (2011). “Transverse mixing in an unregulated natural river.” ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering (IF = 2.2), 137(11), 1426-1440.
  21. Zhang, W., and Zhu, D.Z. (2011). “Near-field mixing downstream of a multiport diffuser in a shallow river.” ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering (IF = 1.7), 137(4), 230-240.
  22. Tian, Q., Wang, P. F., Ouyang, P., Wang, C., and Zhang, W. (2009). “Purification of eutrophic water with five submerged hydrophytes”. Water Resources Protection, 25(1), 14-17. 
  23. Wang, C., Zhang, W. *, Wang, P. F., and Hou, J. (2007). “Removal of nitrogen and phosphorus in eutrophic water by Jussiaea stipulacea Ohwi.” Journal of Environmental Sciences, 28(5), 48-54 (EI). 
  24. Wang, C., Zhu, P., Wang, P. F., and Zhang, W. (2006). “Effects of aquatic vegetation on flow in the Nansi Lake and its flow velocity modeling.” Journal of Hydrodynamics, 18 (6): 640-648 (IF = 2.3).

Teaching

I teach the following courses:

  • Civ E 331 Applied Hydraulics (it includes two exciting and practical designs - drinking water piping system and sanitary sewer system)
  • Civ E 431 Water Resources Engineering
  • Civ E 739 Advanced Topics in Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics (focusing on Open Channel Flow)


Announcements

My research team is constantly seeking energetic, talented students. The team very welcomes your applications.

Courses