Adam Merook

  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • 411 John D. Tickle Building
    851 Neyland Drive
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Knoxville, TN 37996
    Adam Merook

    After finishing my B.S. here at Tennessee, I began my M.S. work under Dr. Papanicolaou with a focus in hydraulic structures at the Hydraulics and Sedimentation Laboratory. My thesis concentrates on the hydraulic analysis of engineered logjams composed of dolotimber matrices and how surrounding flow structures influence scour development in gravel-bed rivers. We have built a Froude-scaled physical flume model of a reach of the Skagit River, WA along State Route 20 to concurrently obtain flow, velocity, and scour depth measurements in order to experimentally devise an equation that approximates scour depth in gravel-bed rivers with greater accuracy than is present in current literature. Utility to WSDOT includes flume evaluation of their current engineered logjam prototype design and improved design equations for instream bank protection construction practices in gravel-bed rivers.