SANCOLD scholarship

SANCOLD scholarships will assist post-graduate students to undertake studies and research in the general field of Dam Engineering and to take advantage of the best possible training opportunities in South Africa.  These scholarships will allow the holder’s mobility, as well as the freedom to select supervisors in their chosen fields.  The purpose of these scholarships is to support persons who are committed to contributing significantly to research, teaching and professional practice in the field of Dam Engineering in their future careers.

Scholarship 2017: No scholarship has been awarded for 2017. Funding will be used for the National Flood Study Programme (NFSP). 

Scholarship 2015 - 2016: The scholarship was awarded to Frank Denys, who enrolled for a PhD at the University of Stellenbosch. 

The thesis topic for Frank’s PhD is “Fluid Structure Interaction of Piano Key Weirs”.  The research focusses on the interaction between the structural and hydraulic behaviour of Piano Key Weirs (PKWs).  The research study currently underway at the Stellenbosch University in South Africa. The thin walled nature of PKWs is advantageous from a hydraulic perspective, but potentially weakens the structure from a vibration perspective. These thin walls have relatively low natural frequencies which, under the right conditions, could coincide with those of the fluctuating pressure excitations that are generated by the unique flow dynamics around the structure. Such resonance could lead to fatigue induced failure.

The preliminary results, as presented at the 3rd International Workshop on Labyrinth and Piano Key Weirs (PKW2017) in Vietnam during February, are that there may be structural concerns related to vibrations when it comes to the implementation of thin, steel-plate PKWs. The work includes both physical and numerical modelling, which is ongoing and scheduled for completion at the end of 2017. The formal completion date of the PhD is the end of 2018. 

Frank Denys

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Scholarship 2014: No scholarship was awarded. 

Scholarship 2012/2013:

The scholarship was awarded to Guy Robertson. He completed his Master’s degree at the University of Stellenbosch. The title of his thesis was “Labyrinth weir hydraulics: Validation of CFD Modelling”. He completed his studies in 2014.

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SANCOLD Annual Event 2018

The Annual South African National Committee on Large Dams (SANCOLD) 2018 Conference will be held at the NH Cape Town Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West in the Western Cape from Wednesday 7 to Friday 9 November 2018.

SANCOLD invites all from South Africa, Africa and the wider family of ICOLD to participate in the Conference which will include technical presentations, technical tours and an exhibition. This event will offer all those contributing to the dam engineering industry including dam and water resources engineers important international, regional and local linkages, networking and the exchange of knowledge and experience opportunities.

SANCOLD 2018 will be an ECSA Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accredited event and attendance for all three days will receive 3.0 credits (1 credit/day).

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CHINCOLD 2018 

The 11th CHINCOLD Workshop is scheduled  for  12 to 19 October 2018. More detaiks are available as per the attachment.

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