Pedro Lee

ProfessorPedro Lee

Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E428
Internal Phone: 92062
Students that work in my cross-disciplinary area may end up working in the water, oil/gas or communication industries.

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

My research focus is on the development of new technologies that can revolutionise the design and operation of fluid filled pipeline networks. I am an internationally recognised expert in unsteady pipeline hydraulics and pipeline condition assessment technologies. My research has led to changes in the hydraulic design process of pipeline systems in seismically active areas and has been adopted in the aftermath of the recent 2011 Christchurch earthquakes.

I have obtained over $NZD 7.5 million in research funding as principal investigator and I am a co-leader a large international collaborative project on Smart Urban Water Supply Systems, a project that involve over 22 academics from world leading universities. The aim is to developed new cutting edge technologies that allow fluid filled pipeline networks to serve as a network capable of transferring information (like electrical and communication grid) as well as fluid. My work has resulted in technologies that are patented and taken up by the largest water companies in the world. One technology has an international commercial contract with a Fortune 500 company for world wide application in water networks.

We have a state-of-the-art pipeline hydraulics laboratory that is fully equipped with the latest acoustic technologies and with automated control and measurement grid. This network is capable of replicating real world, water supply system conditions.

Recent Publications

  • Che TC., Duan HF., Lee PJ., Meniconi S., Pan B. and Brunone B. (2018) Radial Pressure Wave Behavior in Transient Laminar Pipe Flows under Different Flow Perturbations. Journal of Fluids Engineering, Transactions of the ASME 140(10) http://dx.doi.org/10.1115/1.4039711.
  • Che TC., Duan HF., Lee PJ., Pan B. and Ghidaoui MS. (2018) Transient frequency responses for pressurized water pipelines containing blockages with linearly varying diameters. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering 144(8) http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)HY.1943-7900.0001499.
  • Duan HF., Che TC., Lee PJ. and Ghidaoui MS. (2018) Influence of nonlinear turbulent friction on the system frequency response in transient pipe flow modelling and analysis. Journal of Hydraulic Research : 1-13. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00221686.2017.1399936.
  • Jing L., Li Z., Wang W., Dubey A., Lee P., Meniconi S., Brunone B. and Murch RD. (2018) An approximate inverse scattering technique for reconstructing blockage profiles in water pipelines using acoustic transients. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 143(5): EL322-EL327. http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.5036957.
  • Duan HF., Lee PJ., Che TC., Ghidaoui MS., Karney BW. and Kolyshkin AA. (2017) The influence of non-uniform blockages on transient wave behavior and blockage detection in pressurized water pipelines. Journal of Hydro-Environment Research 17: 1-7. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jher.2017.08.002.