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Steve Barfuss

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Hydraulic Research Engineering

Faculty

Research Professor

Contact Information

Go toOffice Location: UWRL 247
DialPhone: (435) 797-3214
SendEmail: steve.barfuss@usu.edu


Educational Background

MS, Hydraulics/Water, Utah State University, CEE, 1987
Pre-excavation of Riprapped Scour Holes Below Flip Bucket Spillways
BS, Water, Utah State University, CEE, 1986


Expertise

Flood Control, Hydraulic Modeling, Hydraulic Testing, Hydraulics, Water Conveyance, Water Quantity, Numerical Model Studies, Pump Intake Design, Sewer Flow Measurements, Storm Sewer Component Testing, Field Velocity and Flow Measurements, Pipe and Fitting Head LossTests, Valve Testing, Flow Meter Calibration.


Biography

Steve has been employed full time at USU since 1987. He performs hydraulic research in the UWRL hydraulics laboratory and supports graduate students in their research.


Research Interests

Hydraulic structures, physical modeling, flow meter, pipe and valve testing.

Awards

2011 Grand award in engineering excellence for the State of Idaho, 2012

Idaho ACEC (American Council of Engineering Companies)

2012 EEA National Recognition Award, 2012

National chapter of ACEC

Heavy Civil Construction Project of the Year for the L.L. Anderson Dam Spillway Modification project, 2012

Sacramento Section ASCE Project Award

2012 AWWA Water Conservation Division Best Paper Award, 2012

American Water Works Association

Outstanding Researcher, 2010

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department

Undergraduate Research Mentor, 2010

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department

2010 AWWA Engineering and Construction Division Best Paper Award, 2010

American Water Works Association

Outstanding Achiever, 2004

Utah State University Research Foundation

Publications - Abstracts

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

      Book Chapters

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    Publications - Fact Sheets

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      Publications - Curriculum

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        Publications - Journal Articles

          Academic Journal

        • Sumrak, M.L, Johnson, M.C, Barfuss, S.L, (2016). Analysis of Meter Registry Uncertainty. Journal AWWA
        • Sharp, Z.B, Johnson, M.C, Barfuss, S.L, (2016). Effects of Abrupt Pipe Diameter Changes on Venturi Flow Meters. Journal AWWA, 108:8
        • Sharp, Z.B, Johnson, M.C, Barfuss, S.L, Optimizing the ASME Venturi Recovery Cone Angle to Minimize Head Loss. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering
        • Sumrak, M.L, Johnson, M.C, Barfuss, S.L, (2016). Comparing Low Flow Accuracy of Mechanical and Electronic Meters. Journal AWWA, 108:6, E327-E334.
        • Prettyman, J., Johnson, M.C, Barfuss, S.L, (2016). Comparison of Selected Differential Producing, Ultrasonic and Magnetic Flow Meters. Journal AWWA, 108:1, E39-E49.
        • Pope, J., Barfuss, S.L, Johnson, M.C, Sharp, Z.B, (2015). Effects of pipe wall offsets on differential pressure meter accuracy. Journal AWWA, 107:6
        • Olsen, R.J, Johnson, M.C, Barfuss, S.L, (2014). Low-Head Dam Reverse Roller Remediation Options. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 140:4, 06014003: 1-4.
        • Temeepattanapongsa, S., Merkley, G.P, Barfuss, S.L, Smith, B.L, (2014). Generic unified rating for cutthroat flumes. Journal of Irrigation Science, 32:1, 29-40. doi: DOI 10.1007/s00271-013-0411-3
        • Shields, D., Barfuss, S.L, Johnson, M.C, Hannah, C.C, (2013). Meter Testing Methods Matter. Journal AWWA, 105:11, E664-E670.
        • Willeitner, R., Barfuss, S.L, Johnson, M.C, (2013). Montana Flume Flow Corrections Under Submerged Flow (closure). journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, 139:Number 7, 597.
        • Willeitner, R., Barfuss, S.L, Johnson, M.C, (2013). Using Numerical Modeling to Correct Flow Rates for Submerged Montana Flumes . Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, 139:Number 7, 586-592.
        • Temeepattanapongsa,, S., Merkley, G.P, Barfuss, S.L, Smith, B.L, (2013). Generic Free-Flow Rating for Cutthroat Flumes. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE, 139:7
        • Olsen, R.J, Johnson, M.C, Barfuss, S.L, (2013). Risk of Entrapment at Low-Head Dams. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 139:6, 675-678.
        • Savage, B.M, Heiner, B., Barfuss, S.L, (2013). Parshall Flume Discharge Correction Coefficients through Modelling. Water Management, Institute of Civil Engineering (ICE), pp 1-9.
        • Stoker, D., Barfuss, S.L, Johnson, M.C, (2012). Flow Measurement Accuracies of In-Service Residential Flow Meters. Journal AWWA, E637-E643. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5942/jawwa.2012.104.0145
        • Rahmeyer, W.J, Clegg, J.M, Barfuss, S.L, (2012). Canal wave oscillations from expansion of I-84 bridge in boise, Idaho. Journal of the Transportation Research Record, TRB, No. 2039, 200-205.
        • Stoker, D., Barfuss, S.L, Johnson, M.C, (2012). Ultrasonic Flow Measurement for Pipe Installations with Non-Ideal Conditions. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, 138:3, 993-998.
        • Mortensen, J., Barfuss, S.L, Tullis, B.P, (2012). The effects of Hydraulic Jump Location on Air Entrainment in Closed Conduits. Journal of Hydraulic Research, Volume 50:No. 3 (2012), pp. 298-303.
        • Willeitner, R., Barfuss, S.L, Johnson, M.C, (2012). Montana Flume Flow Corrections Under Submerged Flow. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, 138:7, 685-689.
        • Buck, B.S, Johnson, M.C, Barfuss, S.L, (2012). Effects of Particulates on Water Meter Accuracy through Expected Life. Journal AWWA, 104:4, 231-242.
        • Shields, D., Barfuss, S.L, Johnson, M.C, (2012). Revenue recovery through meter replacement. Journal AWWA, 104:4, 252-259.
        • Heiner, B., Barfuss, S.L, , (2011). Parshall Flume Discharge Corrections: Wall Staff Gauge and Centerline Measurements . Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering
        • Neilsen, M.A, Barfuss, S.L, Johnson, M.C, (2011). Off-the-shelf accuracies of residential water meters. Journal AWWA, 103:9, 48-55.
        • Hollingshead, C.L, Johnson, M.C, Barfuss, S.L, Spall, R.E, (2011). Discharge Coefficient Performance of Venturi, Standard Concentric Orifice Plate, V-cone and Wedge Flow Meters at Low Reynolds Numbers. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 78, 559-566.
        • Heiner, B.J, Barfuss, S.L, Johnson, M.C, (2011). Conditional Assessment of Flow Measurement Accuracy. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, 137:6, 367-374.
        • Heiner, B.J, Barfuss, S.L, Johnson, M.C, (2011). Flow Rate Sensitivity Due to Parshall Flume Staff Gauge Location and Wingwall Configuration. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, 137:2, 94-101.
        • Mortensen, J.D, Barfuss, S.L, Johnson, M.C, (2011). Scale Effects of Air Entrained by Hydraulic Jumps within Closed Conduits. Journal of Hydraulic Research, 49:1, 90-95.
        • Christensen, R.T, Spall, R.E, Barfuss, S.L, (2011). Application of Three RANS Turbulence Models to Aged Water Transmission Pipes. ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 137:1, 135-139.
        • Thompson, E.J, Merkley, G.P, Keller, A.A, Barfuss, S.L, (2011). Experimental Determination of the Hydraulic Properties of Low-Pressure, Lay-Flat Drip Irrigation Systems. ASCE J. Irrig. and Drain. Engrg., 137:1, 37-48. doi: 10.1061/ASCEIR.1943-4774.0000269
        • Webb, C.B, Barfuss, S.L, Johnson, M.C, (2010). Modelling roughness in scale models. Journal of Hydraulic Research, 48:2, 260–264.
        • Christensen, R.T, Barfuss, S.L, Spall, R.E, (2010). Application of Large Eddy Simulation to Aged Water Transmission Pipes. Engineering Applications of Computational Fluid Mechanics, 4:3, 450-458.
        • Richards, G.L, Johnson, M.C, Barfuss, S.L, (2010). Apparent Losses Caused by Water Meter Inaccuracies at Ultralow Flows. Journal AWWA, 102:5, 123-132.
        • Webb, C.B, Barfuss, S.L, Johnson, M.C, (2010). Modeling Roughness in Physical Scale Models. Journal of Hydraulic Research, 48:2, 260-264.
        • Sharp, Z.B, Johnson, M.C, Barfuss, S.L, Rahmeyer, W.J, (2010). Energy Losses in Cross Junctions. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 136:1
        • Richards, G.L, Johnson, M.C, Barfuss, S.L, (2009). Metering residential irrigation water: Technological approaches and cost estimations.. Journal: American Water Works Association, 101:6
        • Sanders, D., Barfuss, S.L, Johnson, M.C, (2009). Improving Open Canned Systems. World Pumps515
        • Johnson, M.C, Richards, G.L, Barfuss, S.L, (2009). Metering Residential Irrigation Water: Technological Approaches and Cost Estimation. Journal AWWA, 101:6, 52-63.
        • Richards, G.L, Johnson, M.C, Barfuss, S.L, (2008). Metering Secondary Water in Residential Irrigation Systems. Metering Secondary Water in Residential Irrigation Systems. , 100:6, 112-121.
        • Smith, N.Q, Johnson, M.C, Barfuss, S.L, (2008). Vapor Cavity Collapse Downstream from Orifice Plates. Journal of Hydraulic Research, 46:6, 830-834.
        • Tullis, B.P, Barfuss, S.L, Christensen, R.T, (2007). Changes in Hydraulic Roughness Coefficients for Circumferentially Strained M294 Pipe: Transportation Research Record (TRR). Transporation Research Record, 1976, 149-154.

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        Publications - Literary Journal

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          Publications - MultiMedia

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            Publications - Technical Reports

              Research Reports

            • Schneider, O.D, Hughes, D.M, Xu, M., Barfuss, S.L, (2016). Case Studies to Identify Occurence, Accuracy and Causative Factors of Reverse Flow as Measured by Meters. Water Research Foundation
            • Barfuss, S.L, Sharp, Z., Jarrett, J., Clawson, B., Justensen, J., (2015). Virgin River Gorge fish Barrier Physical and Numerical Hydraulic Model Study. UWRL research report
            • Barfuss, S.L, Sharp, Z., Jarrett, J., Clawson, B., Justensen, J., (2015). Physical Model Study of the Low Lake Level Pumping Station (L3PS) at Lake Mead. UWRL research report
            • Sharp, Z., Barfuss, S.L, Jarrett, J., Justensen, J., (2015). CFD Study Evaluating the Potential Effects of the ODEC Effluent on the CWA Intake in the Conowingo Reservoir. UWRL research report
            • Barfuss, S.L, Sharp, Z., Clawson, B., (2015). Physical Model Study of the Weber Basin Bifurcation Structure. UWRL research report
            • Barfuss, S.L, Sharp, Z., Jarrett, J., (2014). Physical Model Study of the LCRA Lane City Reservoir River Outfall. UWRL research report
            • Barfuss, S.L, Sharp, Z., Jarrett, J., Budge, M., Pope, J., (2014). Turkey Peak Dam and Reservoir Physical and Numerical Hydraulic Model Study. UWRL research report
            • Barfuss, S.L, Sharp, Z., Pope, J., (2013). Physical Model Study for the Monticello Nuclear Generating Pumping Station Improvement Project. UWRL research report
            • Barfuss, S.L, Jensen, A., Clemens, S., (2012). Evaluation and Development of Unmanned Aircraft (UAV) for UDOT Needs. UWRL research report
            • Barfuss, S.L, Johnson, M.C, Neilsen, M.A, (2011). Accuracy of In-Service Water Meters at Low and High Flow Rates. Water Research Foundation (EPA)

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            Publications - Translations & Transcripts

              Publications - Other

                Bulletins

              • Barfuss, S.L, Composite Modeling of Hydraulic Structures: Technical Advancements in spillway Design - Progress and Innovations from 1985 to 2015. ICOLD, International Committee on Large Dams
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              • Barfuss, S.L, Johnson, M.C, Schlenger, D.L, Beck, R.W, Hughes, D.M, Zhang, J., (2010). Metering and Water Consumption. Drinking Water Research

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              Scheduled Teaching

              CEE 5540 - Hydraulic Structures Design, Fall 2010

              CEE 6540 - Hydraulic Structures Design, Fall 2010


              Graduate Students Mentored

              Jared Justensen, Civil & Environmental Engineering, May 2015 - May 2016
              Jordan Jarrett, Civil & Environmental Engineering, May 2015 - May 2016
              Brad Clawson, Civil & Environmental Engineering, December 2014 - December 2015
              Jesse Pope, Civil & Environmental Engineering, May 2013 - May 2014
              Michael Budge, Civil & Environmental Engineering, May 2013 - May 2014
              Colton Smith, Civil & Environmental Engineering, May 2012 - May 2013
              Adam Howes, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2011
              Devan Shields, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2011
              Devin Stoker, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2011
              Clay Woods, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2011
              Erik Robison, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2010
              Ryan Willeitner, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2010
              Shane McFarland, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2010
              Bryan Heiner, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2009
              Joshua Mortenson, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2009
              Matthew Hill, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2009
              Ryan Christiansen, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2009
              Ammon Allen, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2008
              Christopher Webb, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2008
              David Sanders, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2008
              Jeremy Jensen, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2008
              Peter Oveson, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2008
              Skyler Allen, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2008
              Nathan Smith, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2007
              Ryan Christiansen, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2006