Pedro Lee

ProfessorPedro Lee

Director of Studies, Undergraduate
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

  • Alexander JM., Lee PJ., Davidson M., Li Z., Murch R., Duan HF., Meniconi S. and Brunone B. (2020) Experimental Investigation of the Interaction of Fluid Transients with an In-Line Air Pocket. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering 146(3) http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)HY.1943-7900.0001691.
  • Capponi C., Meniconi S., Lee PJ., Brunone B. and Cifrodelli M. (2020) Time-domain Analysis of Laboratory Experiments on the Transient Pressure Damping in a Leaky Polymeric Pipe. Water Resources Management 34(2): 501-514. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11269-019-02454-x.
  • Louati M., Ghidaoui MS., Tekitek MM. and Jose Lee P. (2020) Wave-Leak Interaction in a Simple Pipe System. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering 146(4) http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)HY.1943-7900.0001714.
  • Wang W., Li Z., Lee P. and Murch R. (2020) Estimating acoustic wave dispersion in water pipelines using a single spatial measurement. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 147(5): EL415. http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/10.0001275.
  • Wang X., Ghidaoui MS. and Lee PJ. (2020) Linear Model and Regularization for Transient Wave-Based Pipeline-Condition Assessment. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management 146(5) http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0001205.