Hydrodynamic Simulation



Elena-Maria Klopries



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Course description

Students should gain a basic understanding of the fields of application, execution and evaluation of numerical flow simulations. The course is structured in such a way that all steps of a numerical flow simulation are treated in detail and the students get to know the basics and accuracies of the procedure. By means of a homework exercise, students can gain their own experience with the execution of a numerical flow simulation and get to know the modelling process by means of real hydraulic engineering questions.

Course content

  • Basics on partial differential equations
  • Turbulence reoresentation
  • Spatial and temporal discretization
  • Solving methods for algebrauíc equations
  • Quality and error checking
  • Postprocessing - visualisation and statistical analysis
  • Practical exercise with commercial simulation software

Learning Objectives

The students should acquire advanced knowledge of numerical methods for solving flow and transport processes in channels and groundwater. An essential aspect is the creation of an understanding of the modelling process using real engineering projects from the water industry, so that students are encouraged to independently apply numerical methods with mapping of complex domains. In addition to the process flow, students should also become familiar with their possible applications and limitations and learn to present their results in a cognitive, resilient and critical manner. In doing so, the problem-solving skills are specifically promoted and thus students are also given the opportunity to check their self-assessment.


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