School of Civil Engineering

Dr Hang Wang

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Office: 49-535:08
Phone: +61 7 3365 3520

Dr Hang Wang has been working as a postdoctoral research fellow in the hydraulic research group at The University of Queensland since 2015, following receiving his PhD degree in 2014. His research interest ranges from fundamental study of flow turbulence and aeration to interdisciplinary research of impact of artificial turbulence on fish swimming and migration. He shares undergraduate teaching responsibilities with colleagues, and also acts as associate supervisor of three PhD projects.


  • Ph.D. in Hydraulic Engineering. The University of Queensland (Australia). 2014
  • B. Eng. in Thermal Energy and Power Engineering. Tsinghua University (China). 2007


  • Hydraulic engineering and hydraulic structure design
  • Physical modelling of multiphase open channel flow
  • Environmental application of flow turbulence and aeration
  • Eco-impact of man-made hydraulic facilities

Teaching and Learning

  • CIVL3140 Introduction to Open Channel Hydraulics
  • CIVL4160 Advanced Fluid Mechanics


  • Bubble-turbulence interplay in self-aerated flow – physical modelling of plunging jets: investigated physics of singular self-aeration and turbulence modulation by air bubbles in plunging jet flows, and analogy between 2D plunging jets and hydraulic jumps
  • Fish-friendly waterway design: investigated correlation between flow turbulence induced by large boundary roughness and fish swimming performance to enhance upstream fish migration and improve Australian culvert design guidelines
  • Turbulent mixing and dispersion in estuaries: investigated fluid mixing and sediment/contaminant transport processes in prototype estuarine area based upon on-site water quality and instantaneous velocity data
  • Unsteady turbulence and flow dynamics in tidal bores: investigated physically turbulence properties and flow-structure interactions in uniform-speed and decelerating tidal bores, and analogy between translating bores and stationary hydraulic jumps


  • Dr Johnson’s Award for water related Postdoctoral Research Fellows, The University of Queensland, 2016
  • Lorenz G. Straub Award, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota, 2014
  • Dean’s Award for Outstanding Research Higher Degree Theses, The University of Queensland, 2014

Key Publications

  • Wang, H., and Chanson, H. (2016). Self-similarity and scale effects in physical modelling of hydraulic jump roller dynamics, air entrainment and turbulent scales. Environmental Fluid Mechanics, available online. (DOI: 10.1007/s10652-016-9466-z)
  • Wang, H., Felder, S., and Chanson, H. (2014). An experimental study of turbulent two-phase flow in hydraulic jumps and application of a triple decomposition technique. Experiments in Fluids, 55(7): 1-18. (DOI: 10.1007/s00348-014-1775-8)
  • Wang, H., and Chanson, H. (2015). Experimental study of turbulent fluctuations in hydraulic jumps. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE, 141(7): 04015010. (DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)HY.1943-7900.0001010)
  • Zhang, G., Wang, H., and Chanson, H. (2013). Turbulence and aeration in hydraulic jumps: free-surface fluctuation and integral turbulent scale measurements. Environmental Fluid Mechanics, 13(2): 189-204. (DOI: 10.1007/s10652-012-9254-3)
  • Wang, H., and Murzyn, F. (2016). Experimental assessment of characteristic turbulent scales in two-phase flow of hydraulic jump: from bottom to free surface. Environmental Fluid Mechanics, available online. (DOI: 10.1007/s10652-016-9451-6)