FLOW-3D‘s unique strengths in modeling 3D free-surface flows make it a natural platform for advanced water and environmental applications. The software has been used for decades by industry professionals to predict complex flow dynamics, flow/structure interactions, and environmental fate and transport. Applications of FLOW-3D include municipal hydraulics, river planning and restoration, dam safety, hydroelectric and spillway operations, design, and optimization, reservoir maintenance and planning, and coastal and estuary engineering.
The hybrid 3D/shallow water capability is computationally efficient and accurate. The shallow water solution allows flow modeling over large domains (more than a few km) and accurately captures hydraulic jumps and sediment transport. It meshes seamlessly with the 3D solution for regions where vertical flow effects are important like at bridge piers and spillways. In addition, conformal meshing in FLOW-3D v11 streamlines efficient mesh creation and allows users to easily resolve geometric detail.
FLOW-3D includes additional powerful and robust physics models including sediment scour and transport, density stratification and mixing, bubbles and cavitation, evaporation and phase change, chemical fate and transport, and porous media. The robust 3-D flow modeling and physics packages let FLOW-3D bring accurate and effective simulation to industry even in the most challenging contexts: two examples are mapping detailed 3D hydraulic zones of influence and predicting wave height in non-Newtonian mine tailing ponds. FLOW-3D‘s versatility allows users to smoothly navigate from one application to the next, and offers unparalleled accuracy and ease-of-use for the most complex problems.