Bridge Piers

FLOW-3D‘s Sediment Scour Model offers a powerful approach to characterizing the evolution of multi-species sediments height changes under the forcing of river hydraulics and complex bridge pier and topography configurations. The sediment scour model is a three dimensional tool analysis, which integrates with FLOW-3D advanced turbulence models, the model however is also fully integrated with FLOW-3D’s Shallow Water Model for larger scale sediment and scour analyses.

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Scour and deposition evolution around a pier system

Physics captured include deposition, packing, entrainment and drift-flux mechanisms, and in FLOW-3D the morphological evolution of the sediment layer is now completely FAVORized, allowing for greater accuracy and full visualization of the bed net height changes. Available outputs include the packed sediment net evolution spatially and in time, but also include suspended sediment in the fluid or even shear stresses at the bed/fluid interface.

Modeling Hydraulic Control Structures

In addition to the flow rates and detail of hydraulic behaviors associated with the control gate structures and powerhouse operation, FLOW-3D‘s sediment and scour model allows users to identify regions of high scour both near the control structure and further downstream in the vicinity of the bridge piers.

Bridge Pier Simulations