Robin Meurice
PhD student
Ir. at UCL in 2019

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

An important number of dams worldwide face sedimentation issues, leading to a decrease in their reservoir capacity and hence, many difficulties to properly satisfy to their different functions (e.g. water distribution, flood management, hydroelectricity production). To overcome these problems, we can proceed to dam flushing operations, transporting huge amounts of sediment downstream of the dam. Nevertheless, these operations can be harmful to 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 sediment deposition downstream of a dam after flushing operations. In order to do so, several mathematical models shall be implemented, among which a two-phase two-layer model, and laboratory experiments shall be run. The numerical model will then be confronted with 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
Fluid mechanics

finite volumes
fluvial hydraulics
numerical simulation, experimental models

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


Recent publications

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Journal Articles

1. Meurice, Robin; Soares Frazao, Sandra. A 2D HLL-based weakly coupled model for transient flows on mobile beds. In: Journal of Hydroinformatics, Vol. 22, no.5, p. 1351-1369 (2020). doi:10.2166/hydro.2020.033.

Conference Papers

1. Meurice, Robin; Soares Frazao, Sandra. Comparison of coupled and weakly coupled HLLC based finite-volume schemes for dam-break flows on mobile bed. 2021 xxx.