Water Resources Management

, Volume 12, Issue 6, pp 397–407

Numerical Simulation of Sediment Transport Following a Dam Break

  • C. Bellos
  • V. Hrissanthou

DOI: 10.1023/A:1008077821353

Cite this article as:
Bellos, C. & Hrissanthou, V. Water Resources Management (1998) 12: 397. doi:10.1023/A:1008077821353


For the computation of the morphological changes on reservoir beds, in scale model experiments, a hydrodynamic model is combined with the sediment continuity equation. The hydrodynamic model is based upon the equations of mass and momentum conservation. The sediment transport capacity appearing in the sediment continuity equation is calculated by using the relationship proposed by Smart. For the solution of the above system of three partial differential equations, the explicit numerical schemes of Lax and Wendroff and MacCormack are tested. The whole mathematical model is applied to the experimental case of sediment release from a reservoir after a dam break.

reservoir bed dam break scale model numerical simulation 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Bellos
    • 1
  • V. Hrissanthou
    • 1
  1. 1.Section of Hydraulic Engineering, Department of Civil EngineeringDemocritus University of ThraceXanthiGreece

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