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Jaan Pu

Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering

Faculty/Dept/School Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
(Faculty of Engineering and Informatics)
Telephone +441274 234556


Dr Jaan H Pu received both his BEng (1st Class Honours) and PhD degrees from the University of Bradford, United Kingdom in 2003 and 2008, respectively. Since 2008, he has taken various research and faculty positions from French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Spatial Planning, Development and Networks (IFSTTAR); Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan; and University of Southampton Malaysia Campus. He has been appointed as a Lecturer in Civil Engineering at the University of Bradford, UK at 2014; and as Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering since 2017. His research interests include computational fluid dynamics (CFD) shallow water numerical modelling, experimental and analytical study of environmental flows, multiphase flow study, flow with sediment transport study and fluid-structure interaction study. He is currently a Visiting Scientist to Tsinghua University, China and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; and has been appointed as Guest Editor for Water (MDPI Journal, ISSN 2073-4441, IF 2018: 2.524). He has also been invited and involved as the reviewer in a lot of internationally well-reputed journals. 


Teaching interests

Water Engineering; Fluids Dynamics; Mechanics.  


Numerical schemes for shallow water equations; 
Experimental methods for non-uniform;
Unsteady and turbulent flows; 
Engineering software: Delft3D, Matlab;
Flow measuring techniques: ADV, PIV;
Sediment transport and multi-phase flow studies;
Flow-structure interaction modelling;
Flow turbulent bursting studies and turbulence structures analysis;
Flood waves.  

Professional activities

  • 01-JAN-17: University of Bradford - Senior Lecturer 
  • 01-JAN-14: University of Bradford - Lecturer 
  • 01-JAN-13: University of Southampton, Malaysia - Lecturer 
  • 01-JAN-11: Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan - Assistant Professor
  • 01-JAN-10: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore - Research Fellow 
  • 01-JAN-09: The French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks, IFSTTAR, France - Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
  • 01-DEC-14: Tsinghua University, Visiting Research Scientist
  • 01-SEP-17: Newcastle College, UK, External Examiner (Contracted for 09/2017-06/2021)
  • 03-DEC-18: Leader in Civil Recruitment and Marketing,
  • Visiting Scientist: Visiting Scientist, Tsinghua University, China
  • External Examiner: External Examiner for School of Engineering, Newcastle College, UK 
  • External Panel Member: External Panel for BEng Scheme Approval of University of Highlands and Islands, UK
  • External Panel Member: External Panel for BEng Scheme Validation of School of Engineering, Newcastle College, UK
  • PhD External Examiner: PhD External Examiner for School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University, UK 


Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleExperimental study of clear-water contraction scour (2020)
AuthorsRavindra Kumar Singh ; Manish Pandey ; Jaan H. Pu ; Srinivas Pasupuleti ; Vasanta G. Kumar Villuri
JournalWater Supply
TitleTurbulent Rectangular Compound Open Channel Flow Study Using Multi-Zonal Approach (2019)
AuthorsPu, Jaan H.
TitleNumerical and experimental analysis of shallow turbulent flow over complex roughness beds (2019)
AuthorsZhang Y.;Rubinato M.;Kazemi E.;Pu J.;Huang Y.;Lin P.
JournalInternational Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics
TitleNumerical and experimental analysis of shallow turbulent flow over complex roughness beds (2019)
AuthorsZhang, Y.; Rubinato, M.; Kazemi, E.; Pu, Jaan H.; Huang, Y.; Lin, P.
TitleSubmerged flexible vegetation impact on open channel flow velocity distribution: An analytical modelling study on drag and friction (2019)
AuthorsPu, Jaan H.; Hussain, Awesar; Guo, Yakun; Vardakastanis, Nikolaos; Hanmaiahgari, P.R.; Lam, Dennis
TitleTurbulent rectangular compound open channel flow study using multi-zonal approach (2018)
AuthorsPu, Jaan H.
JournalEnvironmental Fluid Mechanics
TitleDominant features in three-dimensional turbulence structure: comparison of non-uniform accelerating and decelerating flows (2018)
AuthorsPu, Jaan H.; Tait, Simon J.; Guo, Yakun; Huang, Y.; Hanmaiahgari, P.R.
TitleNumerical modeling of the Sakuma Dam reservoir sedimentation (2018)
AuthorsHanmaiahgari, P.R.; Gompa, N.R.; Pal, D.; Pu, Jaan H.
TitleVelocity distribution and 3D turbulence characteristic analysis for flow over water-worked rough bed (2017)
AuthorsPu, Jaan H.; Wei, J.; Huang, Y.
TitleConceptual hydrodynamic-thermal mapping modelling for coral reefs at south Singapore sea (2016)
AuthorsPu, Jaan H.
TitlePhenomenological features of turbulent hydrodynamics in sparsely vegetated open channel flow (2016)
AuthorsMaji, S.; Pal, D.; Hanmaiahgari, P.R.; Pu, Jaan H.
TitleThree-Gorges Dam Fine Sediment Pollutant Transport: Turbulence SPH Model Simulation of Multi-Fluid Flows (2016)
AuthorsPu, Jaan H.; Huang, Y.; Shao, Songdong; Hussain, Khalid
TitleA novel explicit-implicit coupled solution method of SWE for long-term river meandering process induced by dam break (2016)
AuthorsZheng, X-G.; Pu, Jaan H.; Chen, R-D.; Liu, X-N.; Shao, Songdong
TitleTurbulence modelling of shallow water flows using Kolmogorov approach (2015)
AuthorsPu, Jaan H.
TitleShallow sediment transport flow computation using time-varying sediment adaptation length (2014)
AuthorsPu, Jaan H.; Shao, Songdong; Huang, Y.
TitleNumerical and experimental turbulence studies on shallow open channel flows (2014)
AuthorsPu, Jaan H.; Shao, Songdong; Huang, Y.
TitleEfficient numerical computation and experimental study of temporally long equilibrium scour development around abutment (2014)
AuthorsPu, Jaan H.; Lim, S.Y.
TitleEvaluations of SWEs and SPH numerical modelling techniques for dam break flows (2013)
AuthorsPu, Jaan H.; Shao, Songdong; Huang, Y.; Hussain, Khalid
TitleVelocity Distribution in Open Channel Flows: Analytical Approach for the Outer Region (2013)
AuthorsLassabatere, L.; Pu, Jaan H.; Bonakdari, H.; Joannis, C.; Larrarte, F.
TitleUniversal Velocity Distribution for Smooth and Rough Open Channel Flows (2013)
AuthorsPu, Jaan H.
TitleSmoothed Particle Hydrodynamics Simulation of Wave Overtopping Characteristics for Different Coastal Structures (2012)
AuthorsPu, Jaan H.; Shao, Songdong
TitleSource term treatment of SWEs using surface gradient upwind method (2012)
AuthorsPu, Jaan H.; Cheng, N.; Tan, S.K.; Shao, Songdong
TitleAdvanced numerical solver for dam-break flow application (2012)
AuthorsPu, Jaan H.; Bakenov, Z.; Adair, D.
TitleAssessment of a shallow water model using a linear turbulence model for obstruction-induced discontinuous flows (2012)
AuthorsPu, Jaan H.; Bakenov, Z.; Adair, D.
TitleTurbulent velocity profiles : a new law for narrow channels (2010)
AuthorsPu, Jaan H.; Bonakdari, H.; Lassabatere, L.; Joannis, C.; Larrarte, F.
Book Chapter
TitleChapter 26: A case of wastewater management modeling in the southern Singapore sea: application for coral reef protection (2018)
AuthorsPu JH, Guo Y, Rahman MA et al
JournalWater management: social and technological perspectives.
PublisherCRC Press
TitleA case of wastewater management modeling in the southern Singapore sea: application for coral reef protection (2018)
AuthorsPu, Jaan H.; Guo, Yakun; Rahman, M.A.; Hanmaiahgari, P.R.
TitleChapter 65: Modelling of Laboratory Created Highly Concentrated Sediment Transport Flow (2007)
AuthorsPu JH, Hussain K, Tait S
JournalRiver, Coastal & Estuarine Morphodynamics: RCEM 2007
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Title Author(s)
Drag coefficient modelling study for flexible vegetation in open channel flow (2018)Hussain, Awesar; Pu, Jaan H.; Hanmaiahgari, P.R.
Non-Uniform Open Channel Flows Study Using Three-Dimensional Turbulence Measurements (2013)Pu, Jaan H.; Shao, Songdong
Assessing Student Attitudes Using a Computer-Aided Approach (2012)Adair, D.; Jaeger, M.; Pu, Jaan H.
PRIME Conference 2012 (2012)Assiya Yermukhambetova, Jaan H Pu, Zhumabay Bakenov
Numerical modelling of Kandy Lake, Sri Lanka in preparation for water quality improvement (2011)Pu, Jaan H.; Jinadasa, K.B.S.N.; Ng, W.J.; Weragoda, S.K.; Devendra, C.; Tan, S.K.
Experimental and Numerical Simulation of Sediment Flushing within Storage Tunnels (2008)Pu, Jaan H.; Hussain, Khalid; Tait, Simon J.
River, Coastal and Estuarine Morphodynamics: RCEM 2007 - Proceedings of the 5th IAHR Symposium on River, Coastal and Estuarine Morphodynamics (2008)Pu J.;Hussain K.;Tait S.
Simulation of Turbulent Free Surface Obstructed Flow within Channels (2007)Pu, Jaan H.; Hussain, Khalid; Tait, Simon J.
Modelling of Water Flow and Sediment Transport in Circular Channels with Constant and Variable Roughness (2005)Pu, Jaan H.; Hussain, Khalid; Wood, Alastair S.