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See detailLong-term sediment management for sustainable hydropower
Dewals, Benjamin ULg; Rulot, François ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg et al

in Sayigh, A (Ed.) Comprehensive Renewable Energy. Vol. 6 (2012)

Since the second half of the 20th century and for decades to come, sedimentation in reservoirs is challenging our ability to maintain the storage capacity needed for water supply, flood mitigation and ... [more ▼]

Since the second half of the 20th century and for decades to come, sedimentation in reservoirs is challenging our ability to maintain the storage capacity needed for water supply, flood mitigation and hydroelectricity production. This complex issue needs to be accounted for from the early stages of the design of dams and reservoirs, until the definition of operation rules oriented towards sustainable management of water and sediments. With reference to the widely-used Driver, Pressure, State, Impact, Response (DPSIR) analytical framework (European Commission 2003), the present chapter reviews key figures and trends in worldwide reservoirs sedimentation, as well as analyzes contemporary sediment management strategies. Besides setting some fundamentals of reservoir sedimentation and summarizing up-to-date background information on rate and distribution of loss of storage in the world, we identify some key driving forces of soil erosion, such as land use, urban development, agriculture and deforestation. Main mechanisms of watershed erosion and sediment yield to reservoirs are also discussed, with a focus on their spatial and temporal variation. Means for quantifying the magnitude of this pressure on reservoirs sustainability are presented, including reservoir surveys, fluvial measurements and combined approaches with numerical modelling. After a review of sedimentation impacts, both locally and downstream as well as upstream of the reservoir, we describe current experience and future opportunities of response to reservoir sedimentation. Possible measures are classified into three broad categories: sediment yield reduction, sediment routing (bypass and pass-through) and sediment removal (dredging and flushing). Pro and contras are presented for the different modes of reservoir operation, as well as their expected efficiency and some specific constraints. Predicting the sedimentation pattern as well as grain sorting processes is a prerequisite for developing optimal sediment evacuation strategies, involving for instance flushing operations. Sound modelling of sediment transport and deposition in reservoirs is highlighted as highly beneficial to support sediment management in the perspective of achieving reservoir sustainability. The chapter also illustrates how spatially distributed numerical modelling may succeed in enhancing decision-making for selecting optimal sediment management measures. [less ▲]

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See detailMULTIDIMENSIONAL FLOW MODELLING TO GUIDE HYDROMORPHOLOGICAL RESTORATION OF AN ALPINE RIVER
Rulot, François ULg; Detrembleur, Sylvain; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Ecohydraulics 2012 (2012)

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See detailModelling sediment transport over partially non-erodible bottoms
Rulot, François ULg; Dewals, Benjamin ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg et al

in International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids (2012), 70(2), 186-199

In depth- and cross section-averaged morphodynamic models, based on explicit time integration, it may happen that the computed bed level becomes lower than the top level of a non-erodible layer (e.g ... [more ▼]

In depth- and cross section-averaged morphodynamic models, based on explicit time integration, it may happen that the computed bed level becomes lower than the top level of a non-erodible layer (e.g. concrete, bedrock or armoured layer). This is a standard pitfall which has been addressed in different ways. In this paper, we present an original approach for avoiding computation of non-physical bed levels, using an iterative procedure to correct the outward sediment fluxes. The procedure is shown to be computationally efficient while it achieves a high accuracy in terms of mass conservation. We compare our original approach with the existing Struiksma’s method and with a reformulation of the problem in terms of mathematical optimization of a linear or non-linear objective function under linear constraints. The new procedure has been incorporated into an existing finite volume morphodynamic model. It has been validated with several 1D benchmarks leading to configurations with sediment transport over non-erodible bottom. The computation time has been verified not to increase by more than 15% compared to runs without non-erodible bottom. [less ▲]

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See detailConsidering non-alluvial layers in morphodynamic modelling
Rulot, François ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Dewals, Benjamin ULg et al

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See detailHydromorphological restauration of Alpine rivers
Rulot, François ULg; Dewals, Benjamin ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg et al

Conference (2011, November)

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See detailA unified approach for sediment routing over partially non-erodible bottoms and wetting-drying areas
Rulot, François ULg; Dewals, Benjamin ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 34th IAHR World Congress (2011)

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See detailAdvanced topics in sediment transport modelling: non-alluvial beds and hyperconcentrated flows
Dewals, Benjamin ULg; Rulot, François ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg et al

in Ginsberg, Silvia Susana (Ed.) Sediment transport (2011)

In this chapter, we first present an original two-phase flow model for the water-sediment mixture, acting as a unified basis for all our subsequent developments. Next, we focus on two topics in which we ... [more ▼]

In this chapter, we first present an original two-phase flow model for the water-sediment mixture, acting as a unified basis for all our subsequent developments. Next, we focus on two topics in which we have made original contributions, namely sediment routing on alluvial and non-alluvial beds and modelling of transient hyperconcentrated flows. In both cases, we use our original two-phase flow modelling framework to derive specific governing equations, for which we discuss their mathematical properties, detail appropriate finite volume numerical scheme and demonstrate their validity through a number of test cases. [less ▲]

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See detailProceedings of the International Symposium on Unsteady Sediment Transport - GESINUS 2010
Dewals, Benjamin ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Rulot, François ULg et al

Book published by University of Liege (2010)

Complexity in sediment transport and morphological modelling stems specifically from the variety of relevant physical processes as well as from their multi-scale nature, both in space (from grain- to ... [more ▼]

Complexity in sediment transport and morphological modelling stems specifically from the variety of relevant physical processes as well as from their multi-scale nature, both in space (from grain- to catchment scale) and in time (from quasi-instantaneous bank failures to silting of reservoirs within decades). To address this, the HACH group has developed a unique modelling system, which offers high flexibility in coupling flow and sediment transport sub-models to cover the broad spectrum of relevant time scales. In this framework, the HACH has convened on 29 and 30 July 2010 an international symposium, during which recent advances in morphological modelling have been presented, as well as progresses in grain scale experiments and field measurements. The symposium was supported by the University of Liege and the Fund for Scientific Research FNRS. Contributions from many European countries were presented and discussed, including Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, United Kingdom and Switzerland. [less ▲]

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