Environmental Fluid Mechanics

The section is involved in research and education at undergraduate, graduate and PhD level. The main topics of research and education are:

  • Elementary Fluid Mechanics and Turbulence in the context of rivers and coastal areas
  • Free-surface waves in coastal zones
  • Erosion, transport and deposition of (cohesive) sediments
  • Fluid structure interaction with emphasis on bed protection

In more detail the section is focusing on physical processes, which are studied in great detail. The thus obtained knowledge is integrated in numerical models, suitable for the engineering practice.

For these activities use is made of the associated Fluid Mechanics Laboratory equipped with a wave basin, several long flumes for waves and currents in combination with sediment and an annular flume and settling column for cohesive sediment research. The numerical "laboratory" is organized around a 32-node Linux Cluster.

Numerical models for the prediction of flow and waves are being developed with key words like: unstructured grids 3D, large scale inundation, stratified flows, large eddy simulation and waves in shallow water SWAN.