2017 – Have Physical Hydraulic Models Had Their Day?

Bronson McPherson, Scott Marshall1, Clément Monteil, Eric Lesleighter

This paper explores whether physical modelling has had its day in modern engineering or whether there is still a place for it. Physical hydraulic modelling is used as a tool for analysing hydraulic behaviour for a wide range of applications including; dams, channels,rivers,coastal etc. With advances in computer technology and power, the last few decades have seen the rise in numerical modelling, e.g. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), often as an adjunct to physical modelling and sometimes as a replacement. A number of physical modelling case studies have been explored to identify the value provided by physical modelling.

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