Wei Zeng

Wei Zeng

School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Dr Wei Zeng completed his Ph.D. at the University of Adelaide (UoA) in 2020 on the topic of pipe condition assessment using hydraulic transients, and completed his Master program at Wuhan University in 2016 on hydraulic transients in pumped storage hydropower plants. He currently works as a research fellow at UoA and a data analyst in SA Water on hydro-acoustics-based leak alarming and detection in Adelaide smart water network.

I have a strong passion for research in both hydraulic transients and hydro-acoustics. My main research interests include:

  • Hydraulic transient modelling and simulation in water distribution systems, hydropower systems and submarine pipelines;
  • Pipe condition assessment using hydraulic transients and hydro-acoustics;
  • Leak detection in water distribution systems using acoustics and smart sensor systems;
  • CFD analysis of hydraulic machinery (pump-turbine) and hydraulic systems;
  • Operation and control of hydropower systems.
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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Hu, J., Yang, J., Zeng, W., & Yang, J. (2021). Effect of the Speed Factor on the Amplitude of the Blade Passing Frequency in the Vaneless Space of a Pump Turbine in Turbine Mode. Journal of Fluids Engineering, Transactions of the ASME, 143(11), 1-13.
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    2021 Zhang, K., Zeng, W., Simpson, A. R., Zhang, S., & Wang, C. (2021). Water hammer simulation method in pressurized pipeline with a moving isolation device. Water (Switzerland), 13(13), 17 pages.
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    2021 Zeng, W., Zecchin, A. C., Cazzolato, B. S., Simpson, A. R., Gong, J., & Lambert, M. F. (2021). Extremely sensitive anomaly detection in pipe networks using a higher-order paired-impulse response function with a correlator. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 147(10), 1-10.
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    2021 Du, X., Zeng, W., Lambert, M., Chen, L., & Hu, E. J. (2021). Approach for near-real-time pipe burst detection, localization, and quantification with low data transmission and sampling rates. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 147(7), 1-14.
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    2021 Hu, J., Yang, J., Zeng, W., Zhao, Z., & Yang, J. (2021). Hydraulic interaction of two parallel pump-turbines in constant-speed oscillation: Measurement, simulation, and sensitivity analysis. Renewable Energy, 176, 269-279.
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    2020 Zeng, W., Gong, J., Simpson, A., Cazzolato, B., Zecchin, A., & Lambert, M. (2020). Paired-IRF Method for Detecting Leaks in Pipe Networks. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 146(5), 04020021-1-04020021-11.
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    2020 Zeng, W., Zecchin, A. C., Gong, J., Lambert, M. F., Simpson, A. R., & Cazzolato, B. S. (2020). Inverse wave reflectometry method for hydraulic transient-based pipeline condition assessment. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 146(8), 04020056-1-04020056-11.
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    2020 Zeng, W., Gong, J., Cook, P. R., Arkwright, J. W., Simpson, A. R., Cazzolato, B. S., . . . Lambert, M. F. (2020). Leak detection for pipelines using in-pipe optical fiber pressure sensors and a paired-IRF technique. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 146(10), 06020013-1-06020013-6.
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    2020 Ye, J., Zeng, W., Zhao, Z., Yang, J., & Yang, J. (2020). Optimization of pump turbine closing operation to minimizewater hammer and pulsating pressures during load rejection. Energies, 13(4), 18 pages.
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    2019 Zeng, W., Gong, J., Cazzolato, B., Zecchin, A., Lambert, M., & Simpson, A. (2019). Condition assessment of pipelines using a bi-directional layer-peeling method and a dual-sensor configuration. Journal of Sound and Vibration, 457, 181-196.
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    2019 Zhang, X., Zeng, W., Cheng, Y., Yang, Z., Chen, Q., & Yang, J. (2019). Mechanism of fast transition of pressure pulsations in the vaneless space of a model pump-turbine during runaway. Journal of Fluids Engineering, 141(12), 121104-1-121104-13.
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    2019 Yang, W., Yang, J., Zeng, W., Tang, R., Hou, L., Ma, A., . . . Peng, Y. (2019). Experimental investigation of theoretical stability regions for ultra-low frequency oscillations of hydropower generating systems. Energy, 186, 115816-1-115816-12.
    DOI Scopus21 WoS16
    2019 Hu, J., Yang, J., Zeng, W., & Yang, J. (2019). Constant-speed oscillation of a pump turbine observed on a pumped-storage model system. Journal of Fluids Engineering, Transactions of the ASME, 141(5), 13 pages.
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    2018 Bao, H., Yang, J., Zhao, G., Zeng, W., Liu, Y., & Yang, W. (2018). Condition of setting surge tanks in hydropower plants – A review. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 81, 2059-2070.
    DOI Scopus7 WoS7
    2018 Hu, J., Yang, J., Zeng, W., & Yang, J. (2018). Transient pressure analysis of a prototype pump turbine: Field tests and simulation. Journal of Fluids Engineering, Transactions of the ASME, 140(7), 10 pages.
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    2018 Zeng, W., Gong, J., Zecchin, A., Lambert, A., Simpson, M., & Cazzolato, B. (2018). Condition assessment of water pipelines using a modified layer-peeling method. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 144(12), 04018076-1-04018076-11.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS7
    2017 Zeng, W., Yang, J., & Hu, J. (2017). Pumped storage system model and experimental investigations on S-induced issues during transients. Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 90, 350-364.
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    2017 Yang, W., Norrlund, P., Saarinen, L., Yang, J., Zeng, W., & Lundin, U. (2017). Wear Reduction for Hydropower Turbines Considering Frequency Quality of Power Systems: A Study on Controller Filters. IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, 32(2), 1191-1201.
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    2016 Yang, W., Norrlund, P., Saarinen, L., Yang, J., Guo, W., & Zeng, W. (2016). Wear and tear on hydro power turbines - Influence from primary frequency control. Renewable Energy, 87, 88-95.
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    2016 Yang, J., Wang, H., Guo, W., Yang, W., & Zeng, W. (2016). Simulation of wind speed in the ventilation tunnel for surge tanks in transient processes. Energies, 9(2), 1-16.
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    2016 Zeng, W., Yang, J., Tang, R., & Yang, W. (2016). Extreme water-hammer pressure during one-after-another load shedding in pumped-storage stations. Renewable Energy, 99, 35-44.
    DOI Scopus22 WoS16
    2016 Zeng, W., Yang, J., Hu, J., & Yang, J. (2016). Guide-Vane Closing Schemes for Pump-Turbines Based on Transient Characteristics in S-shaped Region. Journal of Fluids Engineering, Transactions of the ASME, 138(5), 051302.
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    2016 Liu, Y., Yang, J., Yang, J., Wang, C., & Zeng, W. (2016). Transient Simulations in Hydropower Stations Based on a Novel Turbine Boundary. Mathematical Problems in Engineering, 2016, 1-13.
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    2016 Yang, J., Hu, J., Zeng, W., & Yang, J. (2016). Transient pressure pulsations of prototype Francis pump-turbines. Shuili Xuebao/Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 47(7), 858-864.
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    2016 Liu, Y., Yang, J., & Zeng, W. (2016). Setting conditions of surge chambers at hydropower station in elastic model based on operation stability. Shuili Fadian Xuebao/Journal of Hydroelectric Engineering, 35(3), 99-104.
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    2016 Zeng, W., Yang, J., & Yang, W. (2016). Instability analysis of pumped-storage stations under no-load conditions using a parameter-varying model. Renewable Energy, 90, 420-429.
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    2015 Wang, B., Yang, J., Zhang, X., & Zeng, W. (2015). Study on control conditions of highest surge in upper surge chamber of pumped storage power stations. Shuili Fadian Xuebao/Journal of Hydroelectric Engineering, 34(5), 66-71.
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    2015 Yang, J., Zeng, W., Yang, W., Yao, S., & Guo, W. (2015). Runaway stabilities of pump-turbines and its correlations with S characteristic curves. Nongye Jixie Xuebao/Transactions of the Chinese Society for Agricultural Machinery, 46(4), 59-64.
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    2015 Guo, W., Yang, J., Chen, J., Yang, W., Teng, Y., & Zeng, W. (2015). Time Response of the Frequency of Hydroelectric Generator Unit with Surge Tank Under Isolated Operation Based on Turbine Regulating Modes. Electric Power Components and Systems, 43(20), 2341-2355.
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    2015 Zeng, W., Yang, J. D., Cheng, Y. G., & Guo, W. C. (2015). Formulae for the intersecting curves of pump-turbine characteristic curves with coordinate planes in three-dimensional parameter space. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy, 229(3), 324-336.
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    2015 Zeng, W., Yang, J., & Cheng, Y. (2015). Construction of pump-turbine characteristics at any specific speed by domain-partitioned transformation. Journal of Fluids Engineering, Transactions of the ASME, 137(3), 031103-1-031103-12.
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    2015 Zeng, W., Yang, J., & Guo, W. (2015). Runaway instability of pump-turbines in S-shaped regions considering water compressibility. Journal of Fluids Engineering, Transactions of the ASME, 137(5), 9 pages.
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    2015 Yang, W., Yang, J., Guo, W., Zeng, W., Wang, C., Saarinen, L., & Norrlund, P. (2015). A mathematical model and its application for hydro power units under different operating conditions. Energies, 8(9), 10260-10275.
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  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2021 Yang, W., Yang, J., Zeng, W., Zhao, Z., Zheng, G., Peng, T., . . . Chen, M. (2021). An experimental platform of variable speed pumped storage unit under wave disturbance: Introduction and preliminary progress. In Proceedings of the 30th IAHR Symposium on Hydraulic Machinery and Systems (IAHR 2020), as published in IOP Conference Series : Earth and Environmental Science Vol. 774 (pp. 012151-1-012151-7). online: IOP Publishing.
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    2019 Hu, J. H., Yang, J. D., & Zeng, W. (2019). Steady and transient performance of a model pump-turbine at off-design conditions: Turbine mode. In IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science Vol. 240 (pp. 1-10). online: IOP Publishing.
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    2019 Yin, C., Yang, J., Zeng, W., & Cheng, Y. (2019). Simulation of the simultaneous load rejection processes of two parallel pump turbines using a 1D-3D approach. In IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science Vol. 240 (pp. 1-7). online: IOP Publishing.
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    2018 Hu, J. H., Yang, J. D., & Zeng, W. (2018). Steady and transient performance of a pump-turbine on an open-loop test rig: Pump mode. In IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science Vol. 163 (pp. 1-13). online: IOP Publishing.
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    2018 Zeng, W., Gong, J., Lambert, M., Simpson, A., Cazzolato, B. S., & Zecchin, A. (2018). Detection of extended blockages in pressurised pipelines using hydraulic transients with a layer-peeling method. In IOP Conference Series : Earth and Environmental Science Vol. 240 (pp. 052019-1-052019-7). online: IOP Publishing.
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    2018 Zhang, C., Lambert, M., Gong, J., Zeng, W., Simpson, A., Zecchin, A., . . . Marchi, A. (2018). New approaches to pipeline condition assessment using pressure transients. In Proceedings of the 8th Singapore International Water Week. Singapore.
    2017 Zeng, W., Yang, J., & Hu, J. (2017). Effects of Pump-turbine S-shaped Characteristics on Transient Behaviours: Model Setup. In Journal of Physics: Conference Series Vol. 813 (pp. 012053). ONLINE: IOP Publishing.
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    2017 Zeng, W., Yang, J., & Hu, J. (2017). Effects of Pump-turbine S shaped Characteristics on Transient Behaviours: Model Setup. In Journal of Physics: Conference Series Vol. 813 (pp. 7 pages). Porto, PORTUGAL: IOP PUBLISHING LTD.
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    2017 Hu, J., Yang, J., Zeng, W., & Tang, R. (2017). Transient pressure pulsations of a model pump-turbine during power failure. In American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Fluids Engineering Division (Publication) FEDSM Vol. 1A-2017 (pp. 1-8). online: ASME.
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    2017 Zeng, W., Yang, J., Hu, J., & Tang, R. (2017). Effects of Pump-turbine S-shaped Characteristics on Transient Behaviours: Experimental Investigation. In HYPERBOLE SYMPOSIUM 2017 (HYDROPOWER PLANTS PERFORMANCE AND FLEXIBLE OPERATION TOWARDS LEAN INTEGRATION OF NEW RENEWABLE ENERGIES) Vol. 813 (pp. 1-7). online: IOP Publishing Ltd.
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    2014 Zeng, W., & Yang, J. D. (2014). Effects of pipe diameters on the pressures during delayed load rejection in high-head pumped storage power stations. In N. Desy, C. Deschenes, F. Guibault, M. Page, M. Turgeon, & A. M. Giroux (Eds.), IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science Vol. 22 (pp. 10 pages). Montreal, CANADA: IOP PUBLISHING LTD.
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    2014 Zeng, W., Yang, J., & Cheng, Y. (2014). Domain partitioned transformation of pump-turbine characteristic curves in 3-D space. In American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Fluids Engineering Division (Publication) FEDSM Vol. 1B (pp. 7 pages). Chicago, IL: AMER SOC MECHANICAL ENGINEERS.
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2021 ECR/MCR scheme "Hydroacoustic Diagnosis for Sustainable Water Distribution Systems" $12,000


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