Cheng He

Research Scientist - Study Leader, Environmental Flow Modeller and Hydraulics

Current research and/or projects

Study on enhancing suspended solid removal, retaining contaminated sediments and controlling the pollutant transport by numerical and physical models to protect Canadian receiving water

  • Modelling of hydraulic conditions and particle transport in both environmental and industrial flows (by open water and computational fluid dynamics models)
  • Investigate various physical methods on enhancing removal of suspended solids
  • Hydraulic studies of water treatment facilities with physical modelling
  • Study of an alternative way to break up large particles in combined sewer overflow effluent to improve the effectiveness of UV disinfection

Professional activities / interests

Attained research grants from Ontario Ministry of Environment, Great Lake Sustainability Fund and Dofasco; Paper reviews for Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, Journal of Environmental Engineering (ASCE) and Journal of Hydraulic Engineering (ASCE)

Provide advices for various organizations on hydrodynamic modelling and hydraulics related issues

Prompting scientific information exchange internationally

Education and awards

Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark

M.Sc. Department of Physics, Memorial University of Newfoundland; M.Sc. Wuhan Institute of Physics Academia Sinica, Wuhan, China

B.Sc. Department of Physics, Ocean University of China, China

Key publications

He, C. 2009.  Enhancement of UV Disinfection of Wastewater by High Pressure Water Jet Pre-treatment: Preliminary Results and a New Approach. Journal of Environmental Engineering, ASCE. (In press).

He, C. 2009.  Thermal Structure Study of Industrial Cooling Water Discharges into a Long Boat Slip. Water Quality Research Journal of Canada. (In press).

He, C. and J. Marsalek.  2009. A Vortex Plate for Enhancing Particle Settling. Journal of Environmental Engineering, ASCE. (In press).

He, C. and J. Marsalek. 2009.  Hydraulic Optimization of a CSO Storage Facility Using Numerical and Physical Modeling. Can. J. of Civil Eng. (In press).

He, C., J. Wood, J. Marsalek and Q. Rochfort. 2008. Using CFD Modeling to Improve the Inlet Hydraulics and Performance of a Stormwater Clarifier. Journal of Environmental Engineering, ASCE. 134(9):722-730.

He, C., J. Marsalek, Q. Rochfort and B.G. Krishnappan. 2006. Case Study: Refinement of Hydraulic Operation of a Complex CSO Storage/Treatment Facility by Numerical and Physical Modeling. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE. 132(2):131-139.

He, C., R.Y. Rao, M.G. Skafel and T. Howell. 2006. Numerical Modelling of the Grand River Plume in Lake Erie during Unstratified Period. Water Qual. Res. J. Canada. 41(1):16-23.

Marsalek, J., C. He, Q. Rochfort, K. Exall, J. Wood, B.G. Krishnappan, P. Seto and P. Chessie. 2004. Upgrading the North Toronto CSO storage and treatment facility. In: J. Marsalek, D. Sztruhar, M. Giuliaznelli and B. Urbonas (Eds.). Enhancing urban environment by environmental upgrading and restoration. NATO Science Series IV: Earth and Environmental Sciences, Vol. 43, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 111-121.

He, C., J. Marsalek and Q. Rochfort. 2004. Numerical Modelling of Enhancing Suspended Solids Removal in a CSO Facility. Water Qual. Res. J. Canada. 39(4):457-465.

Hamblin, P.F. and C. He. 2003. Numerical Models of the Exchange flows between Hamilton Harbour and Lake Ontario. Can. J. Civil Eng. 30:168-180.

Research facility

867 Lakeshore Rd.
Burlington, ON L7S 1A1


Member of International Water Association (IWA)