Stephanie Muller

Project: Fish response to flow alteration

Supervisors: Dr Catherine Wilson and Dr Pablo Ouro


Stephanie graduated in 2017 with an MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems from the Otto-von-Guericke University in Magdeburg, Germany. Her dissertation was titled: ‘Numerical investigation of the flow in vortex power plant in consideration of river continuity’. Prior to this, she graduated with a BSc in Environmental and Power Process Engineering in 2015 where her final year dissertation was titled: ‘Simulation of the fluid-structure-interaction of a flexible, oscillating aerodynamic profile with the open source toolbox OpenFOAM extend’. Stephanie plans to study at Cardiff University in order to carry out her research project.

Work Experience

Alongside her Master’s degree, Stephanie worked as a Scientific Assistant within the Laboratory of Fluid Dynamics and Technical Flows where she investigated the numerical stimulation of the multiphase flow in a fish-friendly weir within the research action “Wachstumskern Flussstrom Plus“. She also worked as a Student Assistant during her Bachelor’s degree; investigating the fluid-structure-interaction of the benchmark case HronTurek of the open source toolbox OpenFOAM extend.


  • Müller, O. Cleynen, D. Thévenin: Numerical investigation of the influence of a guide wall in a Fish-friendly Weir. Presented at: International Conference on Engineering and Ecohydrology for Fish Passage, Corvallis (USA), 2017
  • S. Müller: Numerical Investigation of a Fish-friendly Weir with OpenFOAM. Presented at: OpenFOAM User Conference, Cologne (Germany), 2016


Müller, S., Cleynen, O., Hoerner, S., Lichtenberg, N. and Thévenin, D., Numerical analysis of the compromise between power output and fish-friendliness in a vortex power plant. J. Ecohydraul. DOI: 10.1080/24705357.2018.1521709, (2019) 1-13.

Research Interests

  • Sustainable energy systems, in particular; low-head hydropower plants
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Fish Passages
  • Fish-friendly technologies


2020 Industry Day Research Poster

2018 Summer School Research Poster