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See detailCoupling between flow and sediment deposition in rectangular shallow reservoirs
Camnasio, Erica; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Orsi, Enrico et al

in Journal of Hydraulic Research (2013), 51(5), 535-547

Flow velocity and sedimentation patterns were investigated experimentally and numerically in shallow rectangular reservoirs with different asymmetric locations of the inlet and outlet channels. Velocity ... [more ▼]

Flow velocity and sedimentation patterns were investigated experimentally and numerically in shallow rectangular reservoirs with different asymmetric locations of the inlet and outlet channels. Velocity fields were measured in the entire reservoir, both for clear water flow and with suspended sediments. Thickness of sediment deposits were mapped in the whole reservoir by means of a laser light method. In one of the studied geometric configurations, injection of suspended sediments led to a complete change in the observed flow field. Experimental results were compared with numerical simulations performed with the depth-averaged flow model WOLF 2D, using a depth-averaged k-e turbulence model. The simulations lead to accurate predictions of the velocity profiles and the change in flow pattern as a result of sediment deposits was successfully reproduced. [less ▲]

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See detailDike-break induced flows: a simplified model
Stilmant, Frédéric ULg; Pirotton, Michel ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

in Environmental Fluid Mechanics (2013), 13(1), 89-100

A simplified model for the prediction of the steady-state outflowthrough a breach in an inland dike is presented. It consists in the application of the mass and momentum conservation principles to a ... [more ▼]

A simplified model for the prediction of the steady-state outflowthrough a breach in an inland dike is presented. It consists in the application of the mass and momentum conservation principles to a macroscopic control volume. A proper definition of the shape of the control volume enables to take the main characteristics of the flow into account and thus to compensate for the extreme simplification of the spatial representation of the model. At the breach, a relation derived from the shallow-water equations is used to determine the direction of the flow. Developments have been guided by numerical simulations and results have been compared to experimental data. Both the accuracy and the domain of validity of the simplified model are found satisfactory. [less ▲]

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See detailStepped spillway Downstream of a Piano Key Weir - Critical length for uniform flow
Silvestri, Aurélien ULg; Pirotton, Michel ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg et al

in Bung, Daniel B.; Pagliara, Stefano (Eds.) International Workshop on Hydraulic Design of Low-Head Structures (2013)

Recent researches showed the rapid aeration of the flow downstream of piano key weirs. This could be related to the specific geometric features of the structure, creating several interacting flows and ... [more ▼]

Recent researches showed the rapid aeration of the flow downstream of piano key weirs. This could be related to the specific geometric features of the structure, creating several interacting flows and jets downstream. In order to validate this assumption, an experimental research has been carried out at the Laboratory of Engineering Hydraulics, University of Liège. The main objective of the study was to an-alyze the energy dissipation occurring in skimming flow conditions on a stepped spillway downstream of a piano key weir (PKW). Comparison with energy dissipation on a stepped spillway downstream of a standard ogee crested weir has been performed. An indirect method has been used to determine the resid-ual energy at the spillway toe. The results show that uniform flow conditions are reached faster on a stepped spillway downstream of a PWK compared to the length needed downstream of a standard ogee crested weir. Extrapolation of the results to prototype flow conditions is also discussed with regards to scale effects influence. [less ▲]

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See detailLabyrinth and Piano Key Weirs II - PKW 2013
Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Laugier, Frédéric; Pfister, Michael et al

Book published by CRC Press/Balkema (2013)

Dam engineering is currently experiencing a strong revival of labyrinth oriented weirs. Labyrinth weirs, with a repetitive constructional character and an increased specific discharge capacity, are a very ... [more ▼]

Dam engineering is currently experiencing a strong revival of labyrinth oriented weirs. Labyrinth weirs, with a repetitive constructional character and an increased specific discharge capacity, are a very good technico-economical compromise. The concept of Piano Key Weir (PKW), with alveoli developed in overhangs from a reduced support area, enables to install non-linear crests at the top of concrete dams. It eliminates thus the main drawback of classical labyrinth weirs and enables their use to rehabilitate numerous existing dams. Since the first implementation of PKW by Electricité de France on Goulours dam (France) in 2006, at least eight PKWs have been built in France, Vietnam and Switzerland. Their operation over a few years has already provided the first prototype data. Other projects are under study, construction or planning in varied countries. On another hand, research programs are under progress all over the world. Following a first edition in Liege (Belgium) in 2011, the 2nd international workshop on Labyrinth and PKW aims at bringing together people with varied background (engineers, researchers,...) to state and summarize the current knowledge on these still non-conventional hydraulic structures. The papers reviewed and accepted by an International Scientific Committee and presented during the workshop sessions are published in the present book which can be considered as an up-to-date Reference document. [less ▲]

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See detailModélisation hydraulique detaillée d’inondations extrêmes sur un tronçon transnational de la Meuse
Dewals, Benjamin ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg et al

in Evènements extrêmes d’inondation : de l’étude de l’aléa à la gestion du risque pour les ouvrages hydrauliques (2013)

Extreme floods of the river Meuse were simulated based on a detailed 2D unsteady hydraulic model. As part of a coordinated transnational modeling program, the study area considered here extends from ... [more ▼]

Extreme floods of the river Meuse were simulated based on a detailed 2D unsteady hydraulic model. As part of a coordinated transnational modeling program, the study area considered here extends from Ampsin (Belgium) to the Belgian-Dutch border. The results of the present simulations are passed as upstream boundary condition to a second hydraulic model simulating the same flood scenarios in the Meuse in the Netherlands. In the simulations discussed here for the Belgian part of the Meuse, high accuracy and high resolution data were used to represent the main riverbed and the urbanized floodplains. The operation of all influencing mobile dams was represented in the model. The considered flood scenarios include the 100-year flood in the present situation (Q100), as well as two more extreme floods: Q100 + 15 % and Q100 + 30 %. These values correspond to return periods of the order of, respectively 300 and 1000 years in the present climate; but, according to a transnational climate change scenario in the Meuse basin, they may also be considered as estimates of the 100-year flood in 2050 and 2100. The computations have shown a very limited damping of the flood wave in the study area, not exceeding approximately 1 % of the peak discharge for Q100 and Q100 + 15 %, and reaching about 3 % for Q100 + 30 %. Compared to Q100, increases in the flood levels for Q100 + 15 % and Q100 + 30 % are, respectively, in the ranges 0.5-0.9 m and 1.0-1.8 m. Comparisons with the results from previous steady simulations revealed discrepancies not exceeding 5 cm for Q100 and Q100 + 15 %, and reaching a maximum of approximately 30 cm for Q100 + 30 %. Hence, from the perspective of the variation in peak discharge and flood levels, the study concludes that running the hydraulic model in steady mode is reasonable; although some differences occur in terms of inundation extents. The 2D unsteady model constitutes also a tool of primary interest, which is readily available to design and evaluate protection measures for flood-prone areas such as in the city of Liege. [less ▲]

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See detailDepth-averaged flow modeling in curvilinear coordinates
Stilmant, Frédéric ULg; Egan, Raphael ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

Conference (2013)

A set of depth-averaged equations in curvilinear coordinates is presented. This extension of the standard shallow water equations to curved flows and to jet flows leads to a model which is very versatile ... [more ▼]

A set of depth-averaged equations in curvilinear coordinates is presented. This extension of the standard shallow water equations to curved flows and to jet flows leads to a model which is very versatile. Its applicability and precision is assessed by the computation of a discharge coefficient and the nappe profiles for a sharp crested weir. Results confirm the relevance of the approach. Even if not taken into consideration in the set of equations presented here, a discussion shows that head losses could be included in the model so as to extend its application field to many civil and environmental engineering applications. [less ▲]

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See detailConsiderations about the optimum design of piano key weirs
Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Dewals, Benjamin ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

in Proceedings of Africa 2013 Conference (CD-Rom) (2013)

Piano Key Weirs, a recent innovation in the Labyrinth Weirs geometry, have been studied for years by several research centers and laboratories all over the world. The first prototypes have already been ... [more ▼]

Piano Key Weirs, a recent innovation in the Labyrinth Weirs geometry, have been studied for years by several research centers and laboratories all over the world. The first prototypes have already been built, mainly in France, and others are under construction in Vietnam, Algeria and India. Despite some general design equations have been proposed recently, no optimum geometry has been defined yet. Whatever its geometry, a PKW is more efficient than a standard linear weir of same width. It is also more efficient than a labyrinth weir with the same cycle shape. But the PKW geometry may appear as complex as it involves a large set of parameters. Optimization of the weir design is thus not straightforward. Using the results of a large number of systematic scale model tests carried out to analyse the effect of the main geometric parameters on the PKW discharge capacity, the paper shows how a single optimum design doesn’t exist. This is especially true when economic and technical criteria are considered instead of a single hydraulic performance criteria. Despite this observation, some general rules to design a PKW can be suggested, as well as considerations about the best value of the main ratios defining the structure geometry. The relative influence of these parameters on the PKW efficiency is also highlighted. [less ▲]

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See detailHydraulic studies for the Taoussa project, Mali
Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Dewals, Benjamin ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

in Proceedings of Africa 2013 conference (CD-Rom) (2013)

The Taoussa Project is a component of a large development scheme of the Niger River in the north-eastern part of Mali aiming at reducing desertification and improving socio-economic activity. It is mainly ... [more ▼]

The Taoussa Project is a component of a large development scheme of the Niger River in the north-eastern part of Mali aiming at reducing desertification and improving socio-economic activity. It is mainly made of a rockfill dam with central core around 18 m high and 1,000 m long across the valley of the Niger River, 130 km upstream of the town of Gao in the eastern part of Mali. The dam is equipped with a 25 MW hydroelectric power plant, a lock, a dock and a spillway. The spillway is made of a gated ogee crested weir divided into 10 bays and a downstream stilling basin, with a maximum discharge capacity of 3,100 m³/s. 210 km of high tension overhead cables and a 130 km long road complete the Project. The multipurpose Taoussa dam will enable the sustainable development of the Project area by securing water resources, increasing low-water level discharges downstream, creating a link between road and fluvial transports (dock) and producing electricity. The Ministère de l’Energie, des Mines et de l’Eau du Mali - Autorité pour l’Aménagement de Taoussa -commissioned Coyne et Bellier – Tractebel Engineering in 2006 to perform the detailed studies for the Project. In this framework, the hydraulic studies have been performed by the Laboratory of Engineering Hydraulics (HECE) of the University of Liege. These hydraulic studies, depicted in details in the paper, have been carried out successively by two complementary approaches: a first step realized on the basis of numerical modelling to study the flows at the scale of the reservoir and the river, and a second experimental investigation, using a scale model, to analyse in details the spillway operation conditions. They consider varied problems from large scale flow conditions in the reservoir during the spillway operation and hydrodynamic interactions between the dam, the lock and the hydroelectric power plant to validation and optimization of the hydraulic design and dimensions of the gated spillway and the stilling basin or release conditions downstream of the project structures, including the temporary derivation stage. [less ▲]

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See detailTransboundary hydraulic modelling of extreme floods in the Meuse River
Dewals, Benjamin ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Pirotton, Michel ULg et al

in The Wise Find Pleasure in Water (2013)

Detailed inundation modelling was conducted along a 100 km long transnational section of the Meuse River (in Belgium and The Netherlands), using very similar models for the whole computation (2D unsteady ... [more ▼]

Detailed inundation modelling was conducted along a 100 km long transnational section of the Meuse River (in Belgium and The Netherlands), using very similar models for the whole computation (2D unsteady models). As a result, damping of the flood waves could be quantified and the possible relevance of using a steady-state approach could be assessed. The new detailed 2D hydraulic simulations have demonstrated that only a very limited damping of the flood waves occurs along the simulated reaches. From the perspective of the variation in peak discharge, the study concludes that running the hydraulic model in steady mode makes perfectly sense. Nonetheless, the steady computations lead to extensive overestimations of the inundated extent and of the stored volume in the floodplains. The 2D unsteady model constitutes also a tool of primary interest, which is readily available to design and evaluate protection measures for flood-prone areas such as in the city of Liege. [less ▲]

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See detailModélisation numérique hydrosédimentaire au service de la gestion durable des sédiments
Dewals, Benjamin ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

Conference (2012, October)

Le groupe de recherches HECE de l’ULg développe depuis plus de dix ans les systèmes de modélisation hydrosédimentaire WOLF. Intégrant des modules de simulation 1D, 2D-horizontal, 2D-vertical et 3D, il ... [more ▼]

Le groupe de recherches HECE de l’ULg développe depuis plus de dix ans les systèmes de modélisation hydrosédimentaire WOLF. Intégrant des modules de simulation 1D, 2D-horizontal, 2D-vertical et 3D, il permet la modélisation intégrée des diverses phases d’écoulement depuis le ruissellement hydrologique sur les bassins versants jusqu’aux écoulements fluviaux et au voisinage des structures hydrauliques. Deux gammes d’applications récentes du modèle 2D seront présentées : - écoulements de crues et inondations influencés par les dépôts dans les voies navigables et analyse de l’efficacité d’opérations de dragage ; - prédiction de l’engravement de réservoirs (aménagements hydroélectriques) et simulation de mesures de gestion de ces sédiments (opérations de chasse). L’accent sera mis tant sur le volet applicatif que sur les développements numériques innovants sous-jacents. [less ▲]

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See detailFeedback from reservoir sedimentation on the flow pattern in rectangular basins
Camnasio, Erica; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Orsi, Enrico et al

in 6th International Conference on Scour and Erosion (ICSE) (2012, August)

Despite simple geometries, flow in shallow rectangular reservoirs show complex recirculation patterns, which strongly influence the sediment deposits and, in practice, affect the operation and maintenance ... [more ▼]

Despite simple geometries, flow in shallow rectangular reservoirs show complex recirculation patterns, which strongly influence the sediment deposits and, in practice, affect the operation and maintenance costs of such facilities. Based on composite modelling, this research characterizes flow and sedimentation patterns in geometric conditions which have not been investigated so far. Velocity fields developing in rectangular shallow reservoirs (h = 0.2 m) with different asymmetric locations of the inlet and the outlet channels were experimentally investigated. Tests were performed in a reservoir geometry (4.5 m x 4 m) characterized by a stable symmetric flow pattern in the basic symmetric configuration, at constant hydraulic conditions; the aim was to evaluate exclusively the effect of channels displacing on the flow patterns and on the sedimentation of suspended solids. Horizontal velocity components were measured by ultrasound velocity profilers in the entire reservoir and maps of velocity vectors were obtained. Velocity measurements were performed both with clear water and with an inflowing suspended load. At the end of the experiments sediments deposits thickness on the entire reservoir bottom was measured by a laser light method, and maps of sediments deposits thickness were produced. Reservoir trapping efficiency was evaluated, but no significant influence of inlet and outlet channels location on trapping efficiency was observed. Numerical simulations were performed with the depth-averaged model WOLF 2D, in order to assess the ability of the model to reproduce the different types of flow patterns found in the experiments. In particular, a sensitivity analysis on bottom roughness as well as on the turbulence closure model and parameter was performed, in order to analyze a possible feedback effect of sediment deposits and/or suspended load on the type of flow pattern. [less ▲]

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See detailExperiment investigations of 2D stationary mixed flows and numerical conparison
Nguyen, Van Nam ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Dewals, Benjamin ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 2nd IAHR Europe Congress (2012, June 27)

Experimental investigations have been carried out to observe the mechanisms of stationary mixed flows in a flume combined with a conduit. The tests have been performed for varied discharges, considering ... [more ▼]

Experimental investigations have been carried out to observe the mechanisms of stationary mixed flows in a flume combined with a conduit. The tests have been performed for varied discharges, considering two 4.2m long rectangular channels 0.985m wide and 0.50m deep, linked by a 2m long closed conduit with a 0.20m wide and 0.15m high rectangular cross-section, located at the channels bottom along the right bank. The experimental results have been compared with numerical modeling performed using an original 2D numerical model, dealing with mixed flows using a single set of equations. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental analysis of PKW hydraulic performance and geometric parameters optimum
Machiels, Olivier ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Pirotton, Michel ULg et al

in Proceedings of International workshop on Piano Key Weir for In-stream Storage and Dam Safety - PKWISD-2012 (2012, June 01)

In the scope of dam rehabilitation to manage floods increase or to increase water storage, the Piano Key Weir is a good solution for concrete dams. The efficiency of Piano Key Weirs is now well ... [more ▼]

In the scope of dam rehabilitation to manage floods increase or to increase water storage, the Piano Key Weir is a good solution for concrete dams. The efficiency of Piano Key Weirs is now well demonstrated through various experimental studies. Even if parametrical studies are currently undertaken, the definition of the optimal shape to give to the structure is still missing due to the lack of knowledge in the influence of the large set of geometrical parameters. This paper presents the results of a combine experimental and numerical study of PKW. On the one hand, the study, led on a large scale model of PKW, aims at defining the main parameters influencing the hydraulic behaviour of the structure. On the other hand, the influence of these main parameters has been studied on several scale models considering variation of the weir height, the keys widths and the overhangs lengths. The results of the experiments enable to define optimal values for a common variation of these parameters. [less ▲]

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See detailThree‐phase Bi‐layer Model for Simulating Mixed Flows
Kerger, François ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg; Dewals, Benjamin ULg et al

in Journal of Hydraulic Research (2012), 50(3), 312-319

Mixed flows characterized by a simultaneous occurrence of free surface and pressurized flows are often encountered in hydraulic engineering. Numerous researches have been dedicated to unify the ... [more ▼]

Mixed flows characterized by a simultaneous occurrence of free surface and pressurized flows are often encountered in hydraulic engineering. Numerous researches have been dedicated to unify the mathematical description of both flows. Herein, shock-capturing models succeed in giving a unique set of equations. However, no method accounts for both air-entrapment and air-entrainment. This study proposes an original model to simulate air–water interactions in mixed flows. The new approach relies on the area-integration of a three-phase model over two layers. The applicability of this free surface model is extended to pressurized flows by a modified pressure term accounting for the dispersed air. The derived modelling system WOLF IMPack is then validated. The code successfully simulates open channel flows, mixed flows and water hammer in a unified framework, including air–water interactions, in structures like the drainage network. [less ▲]

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