WIT Press


1-D Finite Volume Model For Dam-break Induced Mud-flow

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/RM090121

Volume

124

Pages

12

Page Range

125 - 136

Published

2009

Size

489 kb

Author(s)

L. Schippa & S. Pavan

Abstract

A numerical model suitable for the simulation of dam break flow, for Newtonian or non-Newtonian fluids, has been developed. The main features of the model are concerned with the propagation of wet-dry fronts, the treatment of irregular and variable cross sections shape, and the applicability to highly sloping channels. Governing equations are numerically solved using a simple first-order finite volume scheme. Different test cases have been selected in order to check all the fundamental features necessary for debris and mud-flow simulation. The model has finally been tested using laboratory experiments on mud-flow dambreak over a sloping plane. Numerical results compare favourably with experiments in terms of front wave speed, peak height and residual front thickness. Keywords: mud-flow, dam-break, source terms, numerical model.

Keywords

mud-flow, dam-break, source terms, numerical model