ERPICUM Sébastien

Agrégé

Faculté des Sciences appliquées
Scientifiques attachés au Doyen (Sc.appliquées)
Urban and Environmental Engineering

ULiège address
Bât. B52/3 Scientifiques attachés au Doyen (Sc.appliquées)
Quartier Polytech 1
allée de la Découverte 9
4000 Liège 1
Belgique
Local
B52 - Institut de Mécanique et Génie Civil - Bureau +1/445
Local
B53 - Laboratoire d'Hydraulique des Constructions
ULiège phone number
+32 4 3669596
ULiège Fax
+32 4 3669558
Email
Conseil sectoriel à la recherche et à la valorisation
Sciences et Techniques
Personal website (s)
HECE - Laboratoire d'hydraulique des constructions
Personal website (s)
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Biography

After receiving a Master degree in Civil Engineering (2000) from the University of Liege, Sebastien Erpicum joined the Applied Hydrodynamics and Hydraulic Constructions (HACH) research unit, working as a research and teaching assistant.  He served as a core member of the team that developed the new academic modeling system WOLF. His research on optimization techniques and hydraulic numerical modeling earned him an Advanced Studies in Engineering (2001) degree and a PhD (2006).

In 2006, S. Erpicum became the head of research and modelling activities in the Engineering Hydraulics Laboratory (University of Liege). Starting from a strong international background in the use of physical scale hydraulic modeling as a problem-solving tool, he expanded the laboratory capability through the development of composite modeling techniques (coupled physical and numerical modeling). In association with three colleagues (Dr. P. Archambeau, Prof. B. Dewals and Prof. M. Pirotton), he founded the Hydraulics in Environmental and Civil Engineering (HECE) research group, which currently continues the development of the WOLF modeling system and develops the Engineering Hydraulics Laboratory activities. Dr. Erpicum advanced to associate lecturer (2008) and became an Associate Professor in 2015.  In the framework of his activities, he is strongly involved in the IAHR Hydraulic Structures Committee (Chairman during the period 2019-2021). He is also active in the ICOLD Committee on Hydraulics for Dams (Belgium representative).

Since 2008, Dr. Erpicum has been one of the key pioneers in researching, understanding, and publishing information related to the development and implementation of the innovative Piano Key Weir concept and its application to several dam rehabilitation projects in France and abroad. Other research topics, still closely related to hydraulic structures and especially spillways, concern the operation of ogee-crested spillways above design head and thin nappe oscillation phenomenon associated with overflow crests. Hydropower and its interaction with fish migration or energy storage are other domains of activity. In 2020, S. Erpicum received the ASCE-EWRI Hydraulic Structures Medal.

Research field

  • Hydraulique et fluidique
  • Barrages et conduites d'eau
  • Voies hydrauliques, portuaires
  • Irrigation - pompage - drainage
  • Essais non destructifs
  • Enseignement des sciences de l'ingénieur

Duties or mandates

  • Associate Professor - Faculty of Applied Sciences
  • Associate Professor - In charge of the Engineering Hydraulics Laboratory

Scientific distinctions

  • Hydraulic Structures Medal (ASCE) (2020)
  • Prix Charles Lemaire décerné par la Classe des Sciences de l'Académie Royale de Belgique (2008)
  • Prix Ronveaux, octroyé par l'AILg pour un Travail de fin d'études dans le domaine du Génie Civil (2000)
  • Bourse Fernand Pisart de 1ière candidature (1995)

ULiège Course

Stage, 20j T. t., ERPICUM Sébastien

Gestion des réseaux hydrographiques et hydrauliques, 30h Th, 24h Pr, ARCHAMBEAU Pierre, DEWALS Benjamin, ERPICUM Sébastien, PIROTTON Michel

Ecoulements à surface libre, 27h Th, 25h Pr, 1j T. t., 2h Labo., 10h Proj., ERPICUM Sébastien, PIROTTON Michel

Design and execution of dams and water networks, 18h Th, 18h Pr, 1j T. t., 12h Proj., 2h Labo., DEWALS Benjamin, ERPICUM Sébastien

CFD applied to civil engineering, 6h Th, 26h Pr, 10h Proj., ERPICUM Sébastien