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.

Guy Robertson









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SANCOLD Scholarship 2018 

Application for the SANCOLD Scholarship will close on 31 March 2018. Please the attached background and application.

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

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Tribute to Dr Chris Oosthuizen.

Our friend and colleague Chris Oosthuizen passed away on Saturday 11th November 2017 after a 5 year battle with cancer.

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