Interest Areas:

  • Hydraulics
  • Hydrology

Research Interests:

  • Unsteady Hydraulics
  • Multi-phase flows
  • Urban Water Systems
  • Surface Hydrology
  • Sediment-water flows


  • Computational hydraulics
  • Transient Flow
  • Urban Water Systems
  • Air-Water Flows
  • Surface Hydrology
  • Experimental Hydraulics

Our group research interests includes the study of unsteady, multiphase flow phenomena.

In terms of urban water systems that includes air-water interactions in closed pipes, urban geysering, air pockets in pipelines and stormwater tunnels, among others.

Other two-phase flows, including gravity currents, turbidity currents, sediment settling and resuspension are in our scope of interest as well. Our investigations also include numerical modeling, laboratorial and field monitoring of headwater watershed hydrology, stormwater hydraulics and optimization of water systems.

Research Areas:

  • Description of extreme flow events in hydraulic systems
  • Modeling of the transition between pressurized and free surface flows
  • Watershed hydrology monitoring and modeling
  • Sediment-laden multiphase flows representation in construction site runoff 
  • Stormwater modeling and optimization
  • Study of Gravity Currents

Dr. Vasconcelos publication record includes over thirty peer-reviewed journal articles, fourteen book chapters in monographs and over forty conference papers in the area of water resources engineering, water distribution systems, stormwater hydraulics and numerical methods.

Civil Engineering
PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Environmental Engineering, 2005
M.Sc., University of Brasilia, Brazil, Environmental Technology and Water Resources, 2000
B.S., University of Brasilia, Brazil, Civil Engineering, 1995
civil engineering