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A 2D shallow flow model for practical dam-break simulations

Lookup NU author(s): Yueling Wang, Professor Qiuhua Liang, Dr Georges Kesserwani, Professor Jim Hall


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Dam-break flows usually occur in domains with complex geometric and topographic features and involve abrupt flow patterns. A dam-break model must therefore be able to effectively handle different flow types including transcritical flows or hydraulic jumps, deal with complex domain topography, capture repeating wet-dry interface and represent high roughness values in the floodplain. Herein, all of these objectives are achieved by extending a recent one-dimensional finite volume Godunov-type model into two dimensions for solving the shallow-water equations. While doing so, a much simplified condition to maintain well-balanced solutions around a wet-dry front is proposed and a two-dimensional friction source term discretization is derived under a suitable stability condition in relation to practical simulations. The two-dimensional model is successfully validated against three analytical benchmark tests and then assessed for predicting realistic dam-break flood events.

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Author(s): Wang YL, Liang QH, Kesserwani G, Hall JW

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Hydraulic Research

Year: 2011

Volume: 49

Issue: 3

Pages: 307-316

Print publication date: 17/06/2011

ISSN (print): 0022-1686

ISSN (electronic): 1814-2079

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd.


DOI: 10.1080/00221686.2011.566248


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EP/F030177/1UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)