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Seminar - Modelling Fluvial Processes using the Finite Volume Method, by Ernest Bladé

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016. Time: 12 p.m.

Place: O.C. Zienkiewicz Conference Room, C1 Building, UPC Campus Nord, Barcelona.


The finite volume method (FVM) is a discretization technique for partial differential equations, especially those that arise from physical conservation laws. FVM uses a volume integral formulation of the problem with a finite partitioning set of volumes to discretize the equations. The FVM is in common use for discretizing computational fluid dynamics equations, and in the last decades has been extensively used for solving the Shallow Water equations which describe river flow.

Apart from the water flow, several other processes related to river dynamics (sediment transport, turbulence, hydrologic processes as precipitation or rain, non-newtonian fluid flows) can also be described through conservation lows, and others that cannot (wood transport, habitat evaluation, flood hazard) can be easily linked to a FVM based numerical code.

This talk is about the practical implementation of FVM based numerical schemes to solve fluvial processes and the possibilities of linking this type of schemes for additional results of interest to solve engineering problems.


Ernest Bladé, Deputy Director of Flumen.