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See detailCan the collapse of a fly ash heap develop into an air-fluidized flow? - Reanalysis of the Jupille accident (1961)
Stilmant, Frédéric ULg; Pirotton, Michel ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

in Geomorphology (in press)

A fly ash heap collapse occurred in Jupille (Liege, Belgium) in 1961. The subsequent flow of fly ash reached a surprisingly long runout and had catastrophic consequences. Its unprecedented degree of ... [more ▼]

A fly ash heap collapse occurred in Jupille (Liege, Belgium) in 1961. The subsequent flow of fly ash reached a surprisingly long runout and had catastrophic consequences. Its unprecedented degree of fluidization attracted scientific attention. As drillings and direct observations revealed no water-saturated zone at the base of the deposits, scientists assumed an air-fluidization mechanism, which appeared consistent with the properties of the material. In this paper, the air-fluidization assumption is tested based on two-dimensional numerical simulations. The numerical model has been developed so as to focus on the most prominent processes governing the flow, with parameters constrained by their physical interpretation. Results are compared to accurate field observations and are presented for different stages in the model enhancement, so as to provide a base for a discussion of the relative influence of pore pressure dissipation and pore pressure generation. These results show that the apparently high diffusion coefficient that characterizes the dissipation of air pore pressures is in fact sufficiently low for an important degree of fluidization to be maintained during a flow of hundreds of meters. [less ▲]

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See detailFlow and turbulence characterization as an onset for assessing the stability of gravel beds
Duma, Diana ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

in 7th International Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics (2014, September)

The flow characteristics, such as velocity profiles and turbulence intensities, are of high practical relevance in the assessment of riverbed stability. So far, the Shields diagram remains the most widely ... [more ▼]

The flow characteristics, such as velocity profiles and turbulence intensities, are of high practical relevance in the assessment of riverbed stability. So far, the Shields diagram remains the most widely accepted approach for defining the initiation of sediment motion. However, it faces a number of shortcomings. In principle, it is only valid for uniform flow conditions and, under non-uniform flow conditions, it fails to account properly for the influence of turbulence in sediment entrainment. In this paper, we focus on a more detailed description of quasi-uniform and non-uniform flow characteristics in the vicinity of the critical flow conditions for inception of motion of gravel beds. Laboratory experiments were designed, involving two configurations. First, the entire bottom of the flume was paved with stones of uniform diameter (8 or 15 mm), leading to quasi-uniform flow conditions. Second, the flume bottom was smooth upstream of the zone of measurement while the downstream part was covered with gravels, leading to a sudden smooth-to-rough transition. The flow velocity was obtained by acoustic measurements and the turbulence intensity was calculated for both configurations. By fitting the velocity profile to a modified logarithmic law, the shear velocity was estimated. Standard approaches for predicting the threshold of motion, initially developed for uniform flows, were compared to other methods, based on depth-averaged turbulence kinetic energy, recently proposed in literature for non-uniform flow conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailContributions to transnational flood risk management in the Meuse basin
Dewals, Benjamin ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

in European Symposium on Flood Frequency Estimation and Implications for Risk Management (2014, March)

Experience in transboundary river basins emphasizes the need for more cooperative transnational water management. In this respect, the Interreg IVB project AMICE aims at developing a shared adaptation ... [more ▼]

Experience in transboundary river basins emphasizes the need for more cooperative transnational water management. In this respect, the Interreg IVB project AMICE aims at developing a shared adaptation strategy of the basin of the river Meuse to the hydrological impacts of climate change. The basin covers parts of France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. The project combines scientific research with innovative natural and structural water retention measures, as well as enhanced transnational crisis management. In this framework, common climate and hydrological scenarios were derived for the time horizons 2021-2050 and 2071-2100. A “coordinated” procedure was set up to conduct the first hydraulic modelling of the entire river Meuse, from its spring to its mouth. For the considered climate scenarios, the increases in future flood levels were found about twice higher in the central part of the Meuse basin compared to the upper and lower parts. This distinctive spatial pattern results from the morphology of the valley. The characteristics of the hydraulic models used for this “coordinated” analysis differed significantly from one region to the other (e.g., 1D vs. 2D, steady vs. unsteady). Therefore, a more refined analysis was undertaken on a 100 km long stretch of the Meuse, crossing the border between Belgium and the Netherlands, using very similar (“harmonized”) models for the whole computation (2D unsteady models). As a result, the influence of using different interconnected models could be appreciated. The results of hydraulic modelling were used to conduct damage assessment based on a common methodology throughout the Meuse basin and combined with landuse change scenarios in the floodplains (change in vulnerability of the floodplains). In turn, several adaptation measures were tested, including upstream water retention, dredging as well as upgrade of flood defences and mobile weirs. Hydrological and hydraulic modelling was also performed for a sub-basin of the river Meuse, partly controlled by two large reservoirs. A detailed model of the operation rules of these reservoirs was implemented. This enabled to investigate the impact of the considered climate change scenarios on the performance of these multi-purpose reservoirs as well as to investigate possible enhancements in the operation rules, which may serve as adaptation measures to compensate for the detrimental effects of climate change. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental investigation of meandering jets in shallow reservoirs
Peltier, Yann ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

in Environmental Fluid Mechanics (2014)

Meandering flows in rectangular shallow reservoirs were experimentally investi- gated. The characteristic frequency, the longitudinal wave length and the mean lateral exten- sion of the meandering jet ... [more ▼]

Meandering flows in rectangular shallow reservoirs were experimentally investi- gated. The characteristic frequency, the longitudinal wave length and the mean lateral exten- sion of the meandering jet were extracted from the first paired modes, obtained by a proper orthogonal decomposition of the surface velocity field measured by large scale PIV. The depth-normalised characteristic lengths and the Strouhal number were then compared to the main dimensionless numbers characterizing the experiments: Froude number, friction num- ber and reservoir shape factor. The normalised wave length and mean lateral extension of the meandering jet are neither correlated with the Froude number nor with the reservoir shape factor; but a clear relationship is found with the friction number. Similarly, the Strouhal num- ber is found proportional to a negative power of the friction number. In contrast, the Froude number and the reservoir shape factor enable to predict the occurrence of a meandering flow pattern: meandering jets occur for Froude number greater than 0.21 and for a shape factor smaller than 6.2. [less ▲]

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See detailDiscussion of "Two-dimensional depth-averaged finite volume model for unsteady turbulent flows"
Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Pirotton, Michel ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

in Journal of Hydraulic Research (2014), 52(1), 148-150

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See detailValidation of a SPH model for free surface flows
Goffin, Louis ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Dewals, Benjamin ULg et al

Conference (2014)

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See detailMathematical formulations of shallow water models with porosity for urban flood modeling
Bruwier, Martin ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

in ICHE 2014 : 11th International Conference on Hydroscience & Engineering (2014)

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See detailClimate-proofing of large reservoirs in Belgium by the development of enhanced operation rules
Bruwier, Martin ULg; Dewals, Benjamin ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg et al

in 3rd IAHR Europe Congress (2014)

Available climate change scenarios project drier summers and more humid winters for Belgium. This study addresses the impacts of those changes on the management of two multi-purpose reservoirs located in ... [more ▼]

Available climate change scenarios project drier summers and more humid winters for Belgium. This study addresses the impacts of those changes on the management of two multi-purpose reservoirs located in the Vesdre basin, and the search of enhanced operation rules to mitigate those changes. For this purpose, an integrated model is used, including a hydrological model of the Vesdre watershed, a hydraulic model of this river, a model of the dam complex operation rules and a flood risk model. Performance indicators of the dams are defined, representing drinking water production, damages due to floods, hydropower production and low-flow enrichment. First, a sensitivity analysis of the main parameters of the dam operation rules on the performance indicators is achieved. Afterwards, for two extreme climate scenarios at the time horizons 2021-2050 and 2071-2100, impacts of climate change on the reservoir performances are determined. Then, the results of the sensitivity analysis are used to indicate if climate change impacts may be mitigated by means of enhanced operation rules. [less ▲]

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See detailMeandering jets in shallow rectangular reservoir
Peltier, Yann ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

in 7th International Conference in River Hydraulics, River Flow 2014 (2014)

In this article, meandering flows in a shallow rectangular reservoir are experimentally and numerically investigated. Two experiments were performed in a smooth shallow horizontal flume and the surface ... [more ▼]

In this article, meandering flows in a shallow rectangular reservoir are experimentally and numerically investigated. Two experiments were performed in a smooth shallow horizontal flume and the surface velocity fields were measured by Large-Scale PIV (LSPIV). The flow conditions were chosen in such a way that the friction regime of both flows was different. These flows were then modelled using the academic code WOLF2D, which solves the 2D shallow water equations and uses a depth-averaged k- model for modelling turbulence. The main characteristics of the measured and simulated flows were finally extracted from a Proper Orthogonal Decomposition (POD) of the surface velocity fields and depth-averaged velocity fields respectively and were compared. When the mean fluctuating kinetic energy of the considered POD mode is greater than 1×10-5 m²/s², the numerical modelling and the experiments are in good agreement whatever the friction regime of the flow. [less ▲]

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See detailHybride Modellierung deichbruchinduzierter Strömungen
Roger, Sebastian; Dewals, Benjamin ULg; Schüttrumpf, Holger

in Heimerl, S.; Meyer, H. (Eds.) Vorsorgender und nachsorgender Hochwasserschutz (2014)

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See detailLocal head-loss coefficient at the rectangular transition from a free-surface channel to a conduit
Van Nam, Nguyen; Archambeau, Pierre ULg; Dewals, Benjamin ULg et al

in Journal of Hydraulic Engineering (2013), 139(12), 1318-1323

Experimental tests have been performed to observe and determine, in stationary flow conditions, the local head loss at the transition from a free surface channel to a conduit. These investigations ... [more ▼]

Experimental tests have been performed to observe and determine, in stationary flow conditions, the local head loss at the transition from a free surface channel to a conduit. These investigations considered a wide range of discharge and varied dimensions and positions of a rectangular cross section conduit connected to the downstream extremity of a rectangular free surface channel. From the head loss evaluation results, simple analytical expressions to predict the local head loss coefficient value at the rectangular transition from a channel to a conduit are proposed and validated. [less ▲]

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See detailLa facture salée des inondations - Construire en zone inondable : un risque chiffré par l'Université de Liège
de Muelenaere, Michel; Dewals, Benjamin ULg; Pirotton, Michel ULg

Article for general public (2013)

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See detailHydraulic modelling of the river Meuse
Dewals, Benjamin ULg

Conference (2013, September)

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See detailContribution of land use changes to future flood damage along the river Meuse in the Walloon region
Beckers, Arnaud ULg; Dewals, Benjamin ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg et al

in Natural Hazards & Earth System Sciences (2013), 13

Managing flood risk in Europe is a critical issue because climate change is expected to increase flood hazard in many european countries. Beside climate change, land use evolution is also a key factor ... [more ▼]

Managing flood risk in Europe is a critical issue because climate change is expected to increase flood hazard in many european countries. Beside climate change, land use evolution is also a key factor influencing future flood risk. The core contribution of this paper is a new methodology to model residential land use evolution. Based on two climate scenarios (“dry” and “wet”), the method is applied to study the evolution of flood damage by 2100 along the river Meuse. Nine urbanization scenarios were developed: three of them assume a “current trend” land use evolution, leading to a significant urban sprawl, while six others assume a dense urban development, characterized by a higher density and a higher diversity of urban functions in the urbanized areas. Using damage curves, the damage estimation was performed by combining inundation maps for the present and future 100 yr flood with present and future land use maps and specific prices. According to the dry scenario, the flood discharge is expected not to increase. In this case, land use changes increase flood damages by 1–40 %, to EUR 334–462 million in 2100. In the wet scenario, the relative increase in flood damage is 540–630 %, corresponding to total damages of EUR 2.1–2.4 billion. In this extreme scenario, the influence of climate on the overall damage is 3–8 times higher than the effect of land use change. However, for seven municipalities along the river Meuse, these two factors have a comparable influence. Consequently, in the “wet” scenario and at the level of the whole Meuse valley in the Walloon region, careful spatial planning would reduce the increase in flood damage by no more than 11–23 %; but, at the level of several municipalities, more sustainable spatial planning would reduce future flood damage to a much greater degree. [less ▲]

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See detailA fundamental study of the inception of motion of coarse sediments
Duma, Diana ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

in Proceedings of 2013 IAHR World Congress (2013, September)

This research aims to provide new knowledge about the inception of motion in rivers with coarse sediments and, possibly, macro-roughness flow regime, for which, so far, civil and environmental engineers ... [more ▼]

This research aims to provide new knowledge about the inception of motion in rivers with coarse sediments and, possibly, macro-roughness flow regime, for which, so far, civil and environmental engineers face much uncertainty in the determination of threshold hydraulic conditions for sediment transport. The threshold conditions have to be clearly defined, at the theoretical level, and well identified, in experimental tests. Therefore, a specific program of laboratory experiments has been designed. It relies on two complementary laboratory flumes of, respectively, 6m and 20m in length (discharge up to 100 l/s, slope between 0 and 4%). Three different thresholds have been defined to distinguish between the following four states: no motion, vibration of stone, local motion, and large scale motion. Based on experimental tests conducted so far in the smaller flume, velocity profile and turbulence intensity measured in quasi-uniform and non-uniform flow conditions have been correlated with the inception of motion. Flow velocity was measured using UVP transducers. In this paper, the results of a first phase of the study are presented, with the aim of validating the experimental setup, procedure and instrumentation. They focus particularly on the feasibility of collecting the relevant flow variables (shear velocity, turbulence) from a limited number of pointwise velocity measurements. [less ▲]

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See detailDam break flow modelling with uncertainty analysis
Dewals, Benjamin ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Pirotton, Michel ULg et al

in Gourbesville, Philippe; Cunge, Jean; Caignaert, Guy (Eds.) Advances in Hydroinformatics (2013)

Handling uncertainties in dam break flow modelling is of primary interest. Therefore, a procedure is presented here to conduct systematic analysis of the uncertainties resulting from the roughness ... [more ▼]

Handling uncertainties in dam break flow modelling is of primary interest. Therefore, a procedure is presented here to conduct systematic analysis of the uncertainties resulting from the roughness coefficient, the breaching hydrograph and topographic data. The flow simulations have been conducted with the model WOLF 2D developed at the University of Liege. This two-dimensional flow model is computationally too costly to perform a high number of repeated runs, as needed for Monte Carlo simulations. Therefore, a “reduced complexity model” has been set up, in the form of multidimensional Hermite polynomials. This method, developed by Isukapalli et al. (2004) and first applied to dam break flow by Niemeyer (2007), involves a reduced number of runs of the complete model to calibrate the polynomials. This paper shows the applicability and efficiency of the methodology, but it also discusses previously unreported shortcomings of the approach, together with hints to overcome them. Results of such uncertainty analysis for dam break flow modelling disclose crucial information for practical risk management. In particular, they reveal that the uncertainty ranges on maximum water depth and time of arrival of the front are not symmetric (overestimation vs. underestimation) and very unevenly distributed in space. [less ▲]

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