Tian-Jian (Tom) Hsu

Ph.D, Cornell University


Office: 205 Ocean Engineering Lab
Phone: (302) 831-4172
Fax: (302) 831-3640
Email: thsu@UDel.Edu
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Short Bio

Research Interests:
 Sediment transport, environmental fluid mechanics, coastal engineering, multi-phase flow


2002: Ph.D, Cornell University
1999: Master, Cornell University
1994: Bachelor, National Taiwan University

Honors and Awards

National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award: 2007
Coastal Ocean Postdoctoral Scholarship: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2003.
DeFrees Fellowship: Cornell University, 2000 - 2002.

Research Projects

Interactions of Waves, Tidal Currents and Riverine Outflow and their Effects on Sediment Transport
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Naval Research (Littoral Sciences and Optics)

Nov 2010 - Oct 2012

Collaborative Research: The dynamics of sediment-laden river plume and initial deposition off small mountainous rivers
Sponsoring Agency: National Science Foundation (OCE)

Duration: Sep 2009 - Aug 2012

CAREER: 3D Multiphase Sediment Transport Modeling Framework
Sponsoring Agency: National Science Foundation (OCE)

March 2007 - Feb 2012

A Numerical Modeling Framework for Cohesive Sediment Transport Driven by Waves and Tidal Currents
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Naval Research (Littoral Sciences and Optics)

Oct 2010 - Sep 2012

Collaborative Res: Physics of lutoclines and laminarization extracted from turbulence-resolved numerical investigations on sediment transport in wave-current bottom boundary layer
Sponsoring Agency: National Science Foundation (OCE)

Sep 2011 - Aug 2014

Select Publications

Son, M., and T.-J. Hsu, (2010) Idealized study on cohesive sediment flux by tidal asymmetry, Environmental Fluid Mechanics, accepted.


Safak, I., A. Sheremet, M.A. Allison, and T.-J. Hsu, (2010) Bottom turbulence on the muddy Atchafalaya Shelf, Louisiana, USA, J. Geophys. Res., accepted.


Ozdemir, C. E., Hsu, T.-J., Balachandar, S., (2010) A numerical investigation of fine particle laden flow in oscillatory channel: the role of particle-induced density stratification, J. Fluid Mech., in press.


Torres-Freyermuth, A., and Hsu, T.-J., (2010) On the dynamics of wave-mud interaction: a numerical study, J. Geophys. Res., 115, C07014, doi:10.1029/2009JC005552.

Ozdemir, C. E., T.-J. Hsu, S. Balachandar, (2010) Simulation of fine sediment transport in oscillatory boundary layer, Journal of Hydro-environment Research, 3, 247-259.
Yu, X, and Hsu, T.-J., and Hanes, D. M. (2010) Sediment transport under wave groups- the relative importance between wave shape and boundary layer streaming, J. Geophys. Res., 115, C02013, doi:10.1029/2009JC005348.
Pedrozo-Acuna, A., Torres-Freyermuth, A., Zou, Q., Hsu, T.-J., Reeve, D. E., (2010) Diagonostic investigation of impulsive pressures induced by plunging breakers impinging on gravel beaches, Coastal Eng., 57, 252-266.
Scott N. V., Hsu, T.-J., Cox, D. (2009) Steep wave, turbulence, and sediment concentration statistics and their implications to sediment transport, Cont. Shelf Res., 29, 2303-2317.
Son, M., and Hsu, T.-J., (2009) The effect of variable yield strength and variable fractal dimensional on flocculation of cohesive sediment, Water Res., 43, 3582-3592.

Hsu T.-J., Yu, X., (2009) Sand transport under nearshore wave and current and its implication to sandbar migration, Nonlinear Wave Dynamics, Selected paper of the symposium hold in honor of Philip L.-F. Liu’s 60th birthday, Editor: Patrick Lynett, World Scientific, 247-266.


Hsu, T.-J., Ozdemir C. E., Traykovski P. A., (2009) High resolution numerical modeling of wave-supported gravity-driven fluid mud transport, J. Geophysical Res., 114, C05014,


Bhaganagar, K., and Hsu, T.-J., (2009) Direct numerical simulation of flow over 2D and 3D ripples and implication to sediment transport: steady flow, Coastal Eng., 56(3), 320-331.


Kennedy, A. B., Slatton K. C., Hsu. T.-J., Starek, M., and Kampa, K, (2008) Hurricane-induced sandwave in the nearshore ocean, Marine Geology, 250, 276-280.


Amoudry, L., Hsu, T.-J., and Liu, P. L.-F., (2008) Two-phase model for sand transport in sheet flow regime, J. Geophys. Res., 113, C03011, doi:10.1029/2007JC004179


Son, M., and Hsu, T.-J. (2008) Flocculation model of cohesive sediment using variable fractal dimension, Environmental Fluid Mech., 8, 55-71.


Hsu, T.-J., Traykovski P. A., and Kineke, G. C., (2007). On modeling boundary layer and gravity driven fluid mud transport, J. Geophys. Res., 112, C04011, doi:10.1029/2006JC003719.


Hsu, T.-J., Elgar, S. and Guza, R. T., (2006). Wave-induced sediment transport and onshore sandbar migration, Coastal Engineering, 53, 817-824.


Hsu, T.-J., Raubenheimer, B. (2006). A numerical and field study on inner-surf and swash sediment transport, Continental Shelf Research, 26, 589-898.


Amoudry, L., Hsu, T.-J., and Liu, P. L.-F. (2005) Schmidt number and near-bed boundary condition effects on a two-phase dilute sediment transport model, J. Geophys. Res., 110(C9), C09003, doi:10.1029/2004JC002798.


Chang, K-A, Hsu, T.-J., and Liu, P. L.-F., (2005) Vortex generation and evolution in water waves propagating over a submerged rectangular obstacle. Part II: Cnoidal waves, Coastal Engineering, 52(3), 257-283.


Hsu, T.-J. and Liu, P. L-F., (2004) Toward Modeling Turbulent Suspension of Sand in the Nearshore, J. Geophys. Res., 109(C6), C06018, doi:10.1029/2003JC002240.


Hsu, T.-J. and Hanes, D.M., (2004) The effects of wave shape on sheet flow sediment transport, J. Geophys. Res., 109(C5), C05025, doi:10.1029/2003JC002075.


Hsu, T.-J., Jenkins, J.T., and Liu, P. L.-F, (2004) On two-phase sediment transport: sheet flow of massive particles. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. (A), 460(2048), 2223-2250.


Hsu, T.-J., Jenkins, J.T. and Liu, P. L.-F, (2003) On two-phase sediment transport: dilute flow, J. Geophys. Res., 108(C3), 3057, doi:10.1029/2001JC001276


Hsu, T.- J., Sakakiyama, T. and Liu, P. L-F., (2002) A numerical model for wave motions and turbulence flows in front of a composite breakwater, Coast. Eng., 46(1), 25-50.

Chang, K-A, Hsu, T.-J., and Liu, P. L.-F. (2001) Vortex generation and evolution in water waves propagating over a submerged rectangular obstacle. Part I: Solitary waves, Coast.
Eng., 44(1), 13-36.

Courses Taught

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