Numerical Modeling of turbidity currents with Ansys CFX and Telemac 3D

Turbidity currents may be a relevant lever to manage the accumu-lation of fine sediments in reservoirs. In this paper, we propose to show how two different numerical codes simulate the propagation of turbidity currents. Telemac 3D and Ansys CFX 17.1 solver were chosen as they are commonly used by many research and engineering teams. The simulations are performed on two configurations. The first case aims at modeling the plunging of a tur-bidity current. The second model is validated based on an experimental work performed at EPFL. The latter consisted on testing turbidity current venting as a solution to manage reservoir sedimentation. A long and narrow flume was used to simulate the reservoir where a turbidity current was triggered. The advan-tages and limits of both approaches are discussed in order to supply guidelines for the modeling of turbidity currents in real reservoirs.

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E3S Web of Conferences, 40, 03014
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9th International conference on fluvial hydraulics River Flow 2018, Lyon-Villeurbanne, France, September 5-8, 2018
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