Bikash Ranabhat

Project: Physical testing and numerical modelling of a vertical axis turbine for hydroelectricity generation

Supervisors: Dr Reza Ahmadian, Dr Allan Mason-Jones and Professor Roger Falconer


Bikash graduated from Tribhuvan University (Nepal) with a B.E. in Civil Engineering in 2003. He completed his MSc in Civil and Water Engineering with a Distinction from Cardiff University where his dissertation focused on assessing the movement of fine sediment particles in gravel bed spawning habitat due to hydro-peaking by numerical modelling. 

Following his first year in Exeter as part of the WISE programme, Bikash plans to return to Cardiff University in order to carry out his research project provisionally titled: ‘Modelling impact and design of various river turbines on the hydro-environmental characteristics’. 

Work Experience

Bikash is a highly experienced engineer having worked for various hydropower design consultancies in both the UK and Nepal over the past 12 years. Apart from involving himself in 10 schemes totalling a capacity of more than 310 MW at various stages of development, he was also a resident engineer for the construction supervision of 4MW Khudi hydropower project in rural Nepal; at the time when the country was going through the heightened level of insurgency. Most recently, he has worked as a Senior Hydropower Engineer at Hydroplan where he was responsible for identification, through pre-feasibility and feasibility, to the overall detailed design and design coordination of hydro projects. Some of the hydro sites he identified in Scotland are now fully implemented and generating electricity. Bikash also worked alongside the All Reservoir Panel Engineers for the design of dams in Loch Dungeon, Burnhead and Loch Rannoch, Ardtornish. 

Research Interests

  • Eco-hydraulics and hydropower development
  • Flood modelling
  • Sediment transport dynamics
  • River basin management
  • Hydroinformatics


2020 Industry Day Research Poster