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Dr. Firat Y. Testik

Associate Professor of Civil Engineering

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Areas of Interest:
Environmental Fluid Mechanics
Coastal Hydrodynamics and Nearshore Processes
Precipitation Microphysics
Sediment Transport
Physical Modeling and Experimentation
Coastal Structures

B.S., Aerospace Engineering, Orta Dogu Teknik Universitesi, in 1999
M.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Minnesota, in 2000
Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Arizona State University, 2003

Classes typically taught:
CE 2080 Dynamics
CE 3410 Fluid Mechanics
CE 4620/6620 Introduction to Coastal Engineering
CE 8600 Advanced Fluid Mechanics
CE 2990/3990/4990 Creative Inquiry

Professional Society Membership:
American Physical Society
American Geophysical Union
American Society of Civil Engineers
The American Shore & Beach Preservation Association
The Scientific Research Society
The Oceanography Society

Testik F.Y., and Gebremichael, M., 2010.  “Rainfall: State of the Science”, American Geophysical Union, December 2010

Sample Publications: (“*” indicates Advisee)

1) Yilmaz*, N.A., Testik, F.Y., Chowdhury*, M.R., “Laminar flow of constant-flux release bottom gravity currents: friction factor – Reynolds number relationship”, Journal of Hydraulic Research (accepted).

2) Jacobson*, M.R., and Testik, F.Y., 2013, “On the Concentration Structure of High-Concentration Constant-Volume Fluid Mud Gravity Currents” Physics of Fluids, 25, 016602.  

3) Johnson*, E.B., Testik, F.Y., Ravichandran, N., Schooler*, J., 2013, “Levee scour from overtopping storm waves and scour countermeasures”, Ocean Engineering, 57, p.p. 72-82.

4) Pei*, B., Pang, W., Testik, F.Y.,, Ravichandran, N., 2013, “Uncertainty Quantification for Hurricane Storm Surge Predictions along the U.S. Eastern Coast and Gulf of Mexico”, Natural Hazards Review, 14(2), p.p. 79-88.

5) Heiliger*, C., Kaye, N., Testik, F.Y., 2013, “A computational study of the role of particle size standard deviation on the collision frequency in differential settling”, International Journal of Sediment Research, 28(1), p.p. 34-45.

6) Chowdhury*, M.R., Testik, F.Y., 2012, “Viscous Propagation of Two-Dimensional non-Newtonian Gravity Currents”, Fluid Dynamics Research, 44, 045502.

7) Prat O.P., Barros, A.P., Testik, F.Y., 2012, “On the influence of raindrop collision outcomes on equilibrium drop size distributions”, Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 69 (5) p.p. 1534-1546. Mills, B.H., Saylor, J.R.,

8) Mills, B.H., Saylor, J.R., Testik, F.Y., 2012, An experimental study of Mesler entrainment dependence on drop, Weber number and axis ratio” AIChE Journal, 58 (1), p.p. 46-58.

9) Chowdhury*, M.R., Testik, F.Y., 2011, “Laboratory testing of mathematical models for high-concentration fluid-mud turbidity currents” Ocean Engineering, 38 (1), 256-270.

10) Young*, D.M., Testik, F.Y., 2011, “Wave reflection by submerged vertical and semicircular breakwaters” Ocean Engineering, 38 (10), 1269-1276.

11)Testik, F.Y., Barros, A.P., Bliven, L.F., 2011, “Towards a physical characterization of raindrop collision outcomes” Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 68 (5), 1097-1113.

12) Barros, A.P., Prat, O.P., Testik, F.Y., 2010, “Size distribution of raindrops"”, Nature – Physics, 6, 232.

13) Malek-Mohammadi*, S., and Testik, F.Y., 2010, “A New Methodology for Laboratory Generation of Solitary Waves”, ASCE - Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering, 136 (5), 286-294.

14) Testik, F.Y., 2009, “Outcome Regimes of Binary Raindrop Collisions”, Atmospheric Research, 94, 389-399, doi: 10.1016/j.atmosres.2009.06.017.

15) Young*, D.M., Testik, F.Y., 2009, “Onshore scour characteristics around submerged vertical and semicircular breakwaters” Coastal Engineering, 56, 868-875.

16) Chowdhury*, M.R., Testik, F.Y., and Khan, A.A., 2009, “Three-dimensional flow structure at the frontal zone of a gravity-driven fluid mud flow” Journal of Visualization, 12 (4).

17) Barros, A.P., Prat O.P., Shrestha, P., Testik, F.Y., Bliven, L.F., 2008, “Revisiting Low and List (1982): Evaluation of Raindrop Collision Parameterizations Using Laboratory Observations and Modelling”, Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 65(9), 2983-2993.

18) Testik, F.Y., Young, D.M.*, 2008, “Breakup patterns for binary drop collisions”, J. Visualization, 11(1).

19) Testik, F.Y., Barros, A.P., 2007, “Towards elucidating the microstructure of rainfall: a survey”, Reviews of Geophysics, 45, RG2003, doi: 10.1029/2005RG000182.

20) Testik, F.Y., Voropayev, S.I., Fernando H.J.S., Balasubramanian, S., 2007, “Studies of scour/burial of Mines in the shoaling zone: laboratory modeling and validation with field observations” IEEE – Journal of Oceanic Engineering, 32 (1).

21) Testik, F.Y., Barros, A.P., L.F. Bliven, 2006, “Field Observations of Raindrop Oscillations by High-speed Imaging”, Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 63 (10), p.p. 2663–2667.

22) Testik, F.Y., Voropayev, S.I., Balasubramanian, S., Fernando H.J.S., 2006, “Self-similarity of asymmetric sand-ripple profiles formed under nonlinear shoaling waves”, Physics of Fluids, 18, 108101.

23) Testik, F.Y., Voropayev, S.I., Fernando H.J.S., 2005, “Flow around a short horizontal bottom cylinder under steady and oscillatory flows”, Physics of Fluids, 17, 047103.

24) Testik, F.Y., Voropayev, S.I., and Fernando H.J.S., 2005, “Adjustment of sand ripples under changing water waves”, Physics of Fluids, 17, 072104.

Firat Testik
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Phone: (864) 656-0484
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