Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

2013

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

M.S. in Engineering Science

Department

Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Mustafa S. Altinakar

Second Advisor

Weiming Wu

Third Advisor

Yafei Jia

Relational Format

dissertation/thesis

Abstract

Advances in two-dimensional numerical modeling have allowed dam break floods to be simulated with larger domains than ever before. These types of simulations are important to meet the needs of inundation mapping, consequence analysis, and emergency planning for the large number of significant and high-hazard dams in the United States. Globally refining the mesh to the small cell sizes necessary to resolve small features such as dam breach geometry result in significant computational burden for these types of simulations. This manuscript details the research done to facilitate the implementation of quadtree local mesh refinement to represent dam breach geometry in an existing two-dimensional flood model and to test the model's results and performance with several test cases. Results using local refinement agree with the results of global refinement with a significant reduction in computational burden.

Included in

Engineering Commons

Share

COinS
 
 

To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.