Robin Meurice
PhD student
Ir. at UCL in 2019

Main project: Morphological impact of dam-flushing
Funding: FSR
Supervisor(s): Sandra Soares Frazao

While hydroelectricity is increasingly more used to compensate the intermittent electricity production, dam reservoirs face sedimentation issues, leading to a decrease in available hydroelectricity production. To overcome these problems, we can proceed to dam flushing operations, transporting huge amounts of sediments downstream of the dam. Nevertheless, these operations can be harmful for the environment, the living organisms and the human infrastructures if not properly handled. For that reason, this thesis aims at developing a numerical model capable of accurately predicting the sediments deposition downstream of a dam after flushing operations. In order to do so, several mathematical models shall be implemented and laboratory experiments shall be run. The numerical model will then be confronted to the data collected from the experiments. Finally, the model will be tested with real-case data collected in situ near Lyon, France.

IMMC main research direction(s):
Civil and environmental engineering

finite volumes
fluvial hydraulics

Research group(s): GCE
Collaborations: Sergio Martinez-Arranda from the University of Zaragoza