Steve Barfuss

Water Hydraulics


Steve  Barfuss

Contact Information

Office Location: UWRL 107
Phone: 435-797-3214
Email: steve.barfuss@usu.edu
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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

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 | Book Chapters

  • Barfuss, S.L, (2017). Handbook of Hydraulics 8th Edition: Physical and Mathematical Modeling of Hydraulic Structures.

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Journal Articles

Academic Journal

  • Beck, K., Barfuss, S.L, Sharp, Z., Johnson, M.C, Moon, T.K, Dutta, S., (2022). The effect of high-fidelity flow models on electromagnetic flowmeter analysis . Journal of American Water Works Association Water Science, 4:2, 1-10. doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/aws2.1279
  • Beck, K., Barfuss, S.L, Sharp, Z., Moon, T.K, (2021). An alternative analysis method for evaluating electromagnetic flowmeter performance . Journal of American Water Works Association Water Science, 3:5, 1-12. doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/aws2.1242
  • Beck, K., Barfuss, S.L, Moon, T.K, Sharp, Z., (2021). The superior accuracy of the arc electrode magnetic flowmeter: a numerical study. Journal of American Water Works Association Water Science, 3:2, 1-9. doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/aws2.1220
  • Tullis, B.P, Barfuss, S.L, (2021). Closure: Recommendations for Teaching a Successful Design-Based Course: Hydraulic Structure Design. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering (ASCE), 147:3, doi: https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)HY.1943-7900.0001864
  • Tullis, B.P, Barfuss, S.L, (2020). Recommendations for Teaching a Successful Design-Based Course: Hydraulic Structure Design. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering (ASCE), 146:2, 1-5. doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)HY.1943-7900.0001689
  • Chadwick, J.R, Weller, R.P, Barfuss, S.L, Johnson, M.C, (2020). Improving Meter Testing Procedures. Journal of American Water Works Association Water Science, 112, 58-67. doi: doi.org/10.1002/awwa.1432
  • Coombs, H.J, Johnson, M.C, Sharp, Z., Barfuss, S.L, (2019). Pressure Loss Coefficients for Large-Diameter Mitered Elbows. Journal of American Water Works Association (Water Science), 1:6, 1-11. doi: 10.1002/aws.1162
  • Beck, K.J, Barfuss, S.L, Johnson, M.C, (2019). Assessing the Effects of Local Turbulence and Velocity Profiles on Electromagnetic Flow Meter Accuracy. American Water Works Association (Water Science), 1:5, 1-9. doi: 10.1002/aws2.1156
  • Stauffer, T., Johnson, M.C, Barfuss, S.L, Sharp, Z., (2019). Multiple Tap Sets to Improve Venturi Flow Meters Performance Characteristics with Disturbed Flow. American Water Works Association (Water Science), 1:3, 1-9. doi: 10.1002/aws2.1134
  • Justensen, J., Barfuss, S.L, Johnson, M.C, (2019). Effects of Meter Orientation Downstream of a Short Radius Elbow on Electromagnetic Flow Meters. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, Vol. 145:Issue 2 (February 2019), 06018009-1 through 06018009-7. doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)IR.1943-4774.0001357
  • Day, M., Johnson, M.C, Barfuss, S.L, (2019). Flow Meter Performance Comparison Downstream of Double 90-Degree Elbows Out of Plane. American Water Works Association Water Science, 1-7. doi: DOI: 10.1002/aws2.1118
  • Beck, K., Weller, R., Barfuss, S.L, Johnson, M.C, (2018). The Effects of a short radius elbow on electromagnetic meter accuracy. Journal of American Water Works Association, 110:7, E12-E17. doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/awwa.1055
  • Sharp, Z.B, Johnson, M.C, Barfuss, S.L, (2018). Optimizing the ASME Venturi Recovery Cone Angle to Minimize Head Loss. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, Vol. 144:Issue 1 (Jan 2018), 1-9. doi: 10.1061/ (ASCE) HY.1943-7900.0001387
  • 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
  • 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.

Professional Journal

    An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

    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)

    An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

    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

    Magazine/Trade Publications

    Other

    An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

    Teaching

    CEE 5540 - Hydraulic Structures Design, Fall 2010
    CEE 6540 - Hydraulic Structures Design, Fall 2010

    Graduate Students Mentored

    Garrett Richins, Civil & Environmental Engr, November 2021
    Adam Pack, Civil & Environmental Engr, October 2019 - May 2022
    Kade Beck, Civil & Environmental Engr, August 2019 - May 2021
    Tyler Ashby, Civil & Environmental Engr, May 2019 - August 2020
    John Chadwick, Civil & Environmental Engr, April 2017 - May 2018
    Kade Beck, Civil & Environmental Engr, April 2017 - May 2018
    Ryan Weller, Civil & Environmental Engr, April 2017 - May 2018
    Brad Clawson, Civil & Environmental Engr, December 2014 - August 2016
    Jared Justensen, Civil & Environmental Engr, May 2015 - May 2016
    Jordan Jarrett, Civil & Environmental Engr, May 2015 - May 2016
    Jesse Pope, Civil & Environmental Engr, May 2013 - May 2014
    Michael Budge, Civil & Environmental Engr, May 2013 - May 2014
    Colton Smith, Civil & Environmental Engr, May 2012 - May 2013
    Adam Howes, Civil & Environmental Engr 2011
    Devan Shields, Civil & Environmental Engr 2011
    Devin Stoker, Civil & Environmental Engr 2011
    Clay Woods, Civil & Environmental Engr 2011
    Shane McFarland, Civil & Environmental Engr 2010
    Erik Robison, Civil & Environmental Engr 2010
    Ryan Willeitner, Civil & Environmental Engr 2010
    Bryan Heiner, Civil & Environmental Engr 2009
    Joshua Mortenson, Civil & Environmental Engr 2009
    Matthew Hill, Civil & Environmental Engr 2009
    Ryan Christiansen, Civil & Environmental Engr 2009
    Ammon Allen, Civil & Environmental Engr 2008
    Christopher Webb, Civil & Environmental Engr 2008
    David Sanders, Civil & Environmental Engr 2008
    Jeremy Jensen, Civil & Environmental Engr 2008
    Peter Oveson, Civil & Environmental Engr 2008
    Skyler Allen, Civil & Environmental Engr 2008
    Ryan Christiansen, Civil & Environmental Engr 2006

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