Christopher Paschmann, born 1985 in Germany, studied Civil Engineering at RWTH Aachen and KTH Stockholm. He received his Diploma degree 2012 at RWTH Aachen for his thesis on the experimental investigation of underground pumped storage hydro power plants. After a two-month employment at the Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management, he started working as hydraulic engineer at the Laboratory of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Glaciology (VAW) of ETH Zurich in 2013. Since 2015, he is working as a PhD student at VAW. Christopher Paschmann focuses on the experimental and numerical investigation of alpine desanding facilities to improve their performance.
Within the scope of his PhD study, Christopher Paschmann will examine flow fields and settling processes in alpine desanding facilities. The project’s objective is to develop an enhanced guideline for the design of desanding facilities to improve the settling efficiency, putting an emphasis on the effects of various geometrical parameters as well as different headwork arrangements. For this purpose, the optimization potential is systematically investigated by means of a hybrid approach, modeling flow and settling processes by numerical simulations based on precedent field experiments.