Associate Professor Alireza Keshavazy

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Alireza Keshavarzy is the director of Water Engineering program at Centre for Infrastructure Engineering. He joined Centre for Infrastructure Engineering in 2017 and appointed to the position in Oct. 2018. Prior to joining Western Sydney University, Professor Keshavarzy was at the Shiraz University, Iran. Alireza Keshavarzy received his B.E. degree (Water engineering) from Shiraz University. He graduated in Master Degree and Ph.D. degree (Civil Engineering) from University of New South Wales in 1998.  He joined Shiraz University in 1998 as an academic staff. He worked as a professor and was as the Head of Water Engineering Department and Deputy Head of school for Research. At the same time, he was the co-founder and Director and the core member for Centre of Excellence in Water Use Management.  During work at Shiraz University he established some research foundations in area of water engineering including a very large Research Laboratory for Hydraulic Engineering with unique in size of the flume and facilities.

Areas of Research/Teaching Expertise

Keshavarzy’s research interests include Water resources management, Flow structure interaction, Hydraulic Engineering, River and Environmental Engineering, Sediment transport and Computational Fluid Dynamics. Alireza Keshavarzy has demonstrated experience in designing and developing innovative techniques in the area of water engineering including automation and image processing technique to monitor sediment transport and measuring water quality. Recently he developed a research facility including a unique experimental flume with image processing technique for bridge pier scouring and also measurement of flow structure in open channel for the purpose of flow structure interaction. The facilities can also be used for environmental measurement and monitoring in river systems.

He received several awards for his contributions to the research and its application. He has received some large projects in Iran and was effective in attracting industry to receive fund for Centre of Excellence in Water use Management. He has supervised more than 40 postgraduate (HDR) students, co-supervised 45 students and 35 capstone students.

Alireza Keshavarzy is the author or co-author of about 180 scholarly publications on wide-ranging topics in the areas of water engineering, particularly in flow-structure interaction, sediment transport, two phase flow, water use, turbulence structure and bridge pier scouring. He has also finished several large projects with industry over the years. He served as a chairman of scientific committee and program committee of some national and international conferences.


Distinguished selected researcher                                           2006

Distinguished selected researcher                                           2007

Distinguished selected researcher                                           2008

Grant No: 86-GR-AGR-50 2006

Grant No: 87-GR-AGR-50 2007

Grant No: 88-GR-AGR-50 2008

Award of best management strategy in University                2005

Selected the top hydraulic research in Iran                             2008

Award of best hydraulic conference scientific chairman       2003

Selected Research Projects

  • Investigation of land use impacts and rural wastewater on chemical and bacteriological properties of water (Nitrate, Nitrite, Ammonia, Phosphorus, CL and Coliform): Case Study: Kor River and its tributaries upstream of Doroodzan Dam, Iran.
  • Automation of radial gates in Doroodzan dam network for the purpose of volumetric water delivery system
  • Water consumption behaviour in Ramjerd area, Fars, Iran
  • Sediment exclusion in diverted water using vortex chamber
  • Flood estimation and culvert design in Badjgah catchment
  • An investigation of the scouring problem downstream of Bridges in Yasuj Province, Iran

Selected Publications

Farzadkhoo, M., Keshavarzi, A., Hamidifar, H., Javan, M. (2018). A comparative study of longitudinal dispersion models in rigid vegetated compound meandering channels. Journal of Environmental Management, 217C.78-89. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.03.084.

Keshavarzi, A., Shrestha, CK, Melville, B., Khabbaz, H., Ranjbar-Zahedani, M., Ball, J. (2018). Estimation of maximum scour depths at upstream of front and rear piers for two in-line circular columns. Environmental Fluid Mechanics, 18(2):537–550.

Keshavarzi A., H. Hamidifar (2018). Kinetic energy and momentum correction coefficients in compound open channels. Natural Hazard.

Ranjbar Zahedani M., Keshavarzi A., Khabbaz H., Ball J. (2018). Protecting bridge pier against local scour using flow diversion structure. ICE-Water Management, Vol. 171 Issue 5, pp. 271-280

Sohrabi M.,  Keshavarzi A.,  Emdad H.  Javan M. (2018). Impact of Bed Sill Shapes on Scour Protection in River Bed and Banks. The International Journal of River Basin Management.

Hamidifar H., Keshavarzi A., Truong P. (2018). Enhancement of river bank shear strength parameters using Vetiver grass root system. Arabian Journal of Geosciences 11 (20), 611

Farzadkhoo, M.,  Keshavarzi, A., Hamidifar, H., Ball J.(2018). Flow and Longitudinal Dispersion in Channel with Partly Rigid Floodplain Vegetation. Water Management 171 (4),

Miran Zadeh, A., Keshavarzi A., Hamidifar H. (2018). Experimental study of inlet Culvert blockage in steady flow condition. Iranian Journal of Watershed Management Science and Engineering. In press.

Keshavarzi, A., Shrestha C.K., Ranjbar Zahedani, M., Ball J. and Khabbaz H. 2017. Experimental study of flow structure around two in-line bridge piers. ICE-Water Management.

Keshavarzi, A., J Ball, 2017. Enhancing PIV image and fractal descriptor for velocity and shear stresses propagation around a circular pier. Geoscience Frontiers.

Hamidifar, H., MH Omid, A Keshavarzi 2016. Kinetic energy and momentum correction coefficients in straight compound channels with vegetated floodplain. Journal of Hydrology 537, 10-17

Keshavarzi, A., H Hamidifar, J Ball. 2016. Bed morphology in vegetated estuarine river with mild-curved meander bend. Hydrological Sciences Journal 61 (11), 2033-2049.

Hamidifar H., A Keshavarzi, MH Omid. 2016. Evaluation of 1-D and 2-D models for discharge prediction in straight compound channels with smooth and rough floodplain. Flow Measurement and Instrumentation 49, 63-69.

Sorourian,S.  A Keshavarzi, JE Ball. 2016. Scour at partially blocked box-culverts under steady flow. ICE-Water Management 169 (6) 247-259.