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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, MEng, Università di Padova

… → 2010

External positions

Visiting Research Fellow, University of Sheffield

1 Apr 2019 → …

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urban drainage Earth & Environmental Sciences
hydraulics Earth & Environmental Sciences
natural disaster Social Sciences
Hydraulics Engineering & Materials Science
debris flow Earth & Environmental Sciences
water Social Sciences
Drainage Engineering & Materials Science
flooding Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 2011 2019

9 Downloads (Pure)

Analysis of Long-Term Water Level Variations in Qinghai Lake in China

Fang, J., Li, G., Rubinato, M., Ma, G., Zhou, J., Jia, G., Yu, X. & Wang, H., 14 Oct 2019, In : Water (Switzerland). 11, 10, 21 p., 2136.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Water levels
surface water level
water level
11 Downloads (Pure)

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

Are Secondary Disinfectants Performing as Intended?

Speight, V., Rubinato, M. & Rosario-Ortiz, F. L., Nov 2019, In : American Water Works Association. 111, 11, p. 38-43 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

water industry
distribution system
public health
drinking water

Numerical and experimental analysis of shallow turbulent flow over complex roughness beds

Zhang, Y., Rubinato, M., Kazemi, E., Pu, J. H., Huang, Y. & Lin, P., 2019, In : International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics. 33, 5, p. 202-221 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

turbulent flow
Turbulent flow
numerical analysis
1 Citation (Scopus)
1 Downloads (Pure)

Numerical Simulation of Non-Homogeneous Viscous Debris-Flows Based on the Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) Method

Wang, S., Shu, A., Rubinato, M., Wang, M. & Qin, J., 5 Nov 2019, In : Water (Switzerland). 11, 11, 16 p., 2314.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
viscous flow
debris flow

Activities 2011 2020

Beijing Normal University

Matteo Rubinato (Visiting researcher), Craig Lashford (Visiting researcher)
15 Jun 202022 Jun 2020

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Flow Exchange in Urban Flood Flows

Matteo Rubinato (Speaker)
17 Jan 2020

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Water (Switzerland) (Journal)

Matteo Rubinato (Guest Editor)
15 Apr 201931 Jan 2020

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

Newton Fund-Researcher Links workshop

Matteo Rubinato (Speaker)
16 Jun 201919 Jun 2019

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


Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Matteo Rubinato (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively



Matteo Rubinato (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Other distinction