Experimental and numerical modeling of the hydro- and morphodynamics of river confluences with an extreme ratio of incoming discharges

01 October 2013 → 30 September 2017
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Geology
    • Aquatic sciences, challenges and pollution
  • Engineering and technology
    • Construction engineering
    • Earthquake engineering
    • Geotechnical and environmental engineering
    • Water engineering
    • Wind engineering
morphodynamics weir-lock-complex turbulence experimental flow pattern confluence open channels hydrodynamics numerical
Project description

In this research proposal flow patterns and associated erosion and sedimentation patterns in river confluences will be investigated, in particular for situations in which the incoming discharges differ significantly in magnitude. Numerical modeling and an experimental setup are used to acquire fundamental insight in these phenomena, e.g. to minimize erosion protection and dredging needs after the execution of hydraulic engineering works at weir-lock complexes.