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Research Interests

My main research interests are all linked to environmental fluid mechanics and urban drainage systems. More in detail, my research focuses on:

- quantifying the flow and the mechanical processes associated with the flow exchange between urban drainage systems, with a strong focus on experimental modelling of urban drainage systems to provide novel datasets for validation of numerical models. As hydraulic models are increasingly being used to both plan significant asset investment and form the basis of flood awareness/warning schemes, the resulting improvements in modelling accuracy is anticipated to have significant benefits in terms of more efficient drainage design/investment and increased resilience to flood events.

- quantifying the spread of pollutant and contaminates from sewer systems into surface flow during an event of flooding when the water is escaping from the manholes.

- quantifying of the spread of pollutant and contaminates in vegetated rivers and natural areas.

- assessing sediment transport and riverbank erosion in rivers.

- improving measurement techniques with potential to remotely measure turbulence processes based on their linkages with the dynamic water surface. Accurate 3D measurement of turbulence-generated rough water surfaces is problematic hence more studies are requested to improve this sector.

Education/Academic qualification

Water Engineering, Doctorate, University of Sheffield

… → 2015

Environmental Engineering, Environmental Impact of Infrastructures and Waste Management, Water Resources and Soil Protection, MSc, Università di Padova

… → 2010

External positions

Visiting Research Fellow, University of Sheffield

1 Apr 2019 → …

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Research Output 2011 2019

  • 36 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
  • 16 Paper
  • 13 Article
  • 3 Poster
  • 1 Review article

An Experimental Study on Mechanisms for Sediment Transformation Due to Riverbank Collapse

Shu, A., Duan, G., Rubinato, M., Tian, L., Wang, M. & Wang, S., 14 Mar 2019, In : Water (Switzerland). 11, 3, 18 p., 529.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
bank erosion
1 Citation (Scopus)

SuDS & sponge cities: A comparative analysis of the implementation of pluvial flood management in the UK and China

Lashford, C., Rubinato, M., Cai, Y., Hou, J., Abolfathi, S., Coupe, S., Charlesworth, S. & Tait, S., 4 Jan 2019, In : Sustainability (Switzerland). 11, 1, 14 p., 213.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
natural disaster
2 Citations (Scopus)

A comparative study of manhole hydraulics using stereoscopic PIV and different RANS models

Beg, M. N. A., Carvalho, R. F., Tait, S., Brevis, W., Rubinato, M., Schellart, A. & Leandro, J., 26 Apr 2018, In : Water Science and Technology. 2017, 1, p. 87-98 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

comparative study
Velocity distribution

Collapsing Mechanisms of the Typical Cohesive Riverbank along the Ningxia–Inner Mongolia Catchment

Duan, G., Shu, A., Rubinato, M., Wang, S. & Zhu, F., 18 Sep 2018, In : Water. 10, 9, 1272.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Cost effective measuring technique to simultaneously quantify 2D velocity fields and depth-averaged solute concentrations in shallow water flows

Rojas Arques, S., Rubinato, M., Nichols, A. & Shucksmith, J. D., 23 Oct 2018, In : Flow Measurement and Instrumentation. 64, p. 213-223 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Shallow Water Flow
water flow
shallow water
Velocity Field

Activities 2011 2019

Newton Fund-Researcher Links workshop

Matteo Rubinato (Speaker)
2019 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Water (Switzerland) (Journal)

Matteo Rubinato (Guest Editor)
15 Apr 201931 Jan 2020

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

University of Colorado Boulder

Matteo Rubinato (Visiting researcher)
1 Aug 201831 Aug 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution


Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Matteo Rubinato (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively



Matteo Rubinato (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Other distinction