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SPHysics Simulation of Experimental Spillway Hydraulics

State Key Laboratory of Plateau Ecology and Agriculture, Qinghai University, Xining 810016, China
School of Water Resources and Electric Power, Qinghai University, Xinning 810016, China
State Key Laboratory of Hydroscience and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S1 3JD, UK
State Key Laboratory of Hydraulics and Mountain River Engineering, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065, China
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Water 2017, 9(12), 973;
Received: 28 October 2017 / Revised: 9 December 2017 / Accepted: 11 December 2017 / Published: 14 December 2017
In this paper, we use the parallel open source code parallelSPHysics based on the weakly compressible Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (WCSPH) approach to study a spillway flow over stepped stairs. SPH is a robust mesh-free particle modelling technique and has great potential in treating the free surfaces in spillway hydraulics. A laboratory experiment is carried out for the different flow discharges and spillway step geometries. The physical model is constructed from a prototype reservoir dam in the practical field. During the experiment, flow discharge over the weir crest, free surface, velocity and pressure profiles along the spillway are measured. In the present SPH study, a straightforward push-paddle model is used to generate the steady inflow discharge in front of the weir. The parallelSPHysics model is first validated by a documented benchmark case of skimming flow over a stepped spillway. Subsequently, it is used to reproduce a laboratory experiment based on a prototype hydraulic dam project located in Qinghai Province, China. The detailed comparisons are made on the pressure profiles on the steps between the SPH results and experimental data. The energy dissipation features of the flows under different flow conditions are also discussed. It is shown that the pressure on the horizontal face of the steps demonstrates an S-shape, while on the vertical face it is negative on the upper part and positive on the lower part. The energy dissipation efficiency of the spillway could reach nearly 80%. View Full-Text
Keywords: Dahua hydraulic dam; parallelSPHysics; push-paddle inflow; skimming flow; spillway hydraulics; step geometry Dahua hydraulic dam; parallelSPHysics; push-paddle inflow; skimming flow; spillway hydraulics; step geometry
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Gu, S.; Ren, L.; Wang, X.; Xie, H.; Huang, Y.; Wei, J.; Shao, S. SPHysics Simulation of Experimental Spillway Hydraulics. Water 2017, 9, 973.

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Gu S, Ren L, Wang X, Xie H, Huang Y, Wei J, Shao S. SPHysics Simulation of Experimental Spillway Hydraulics. Water. 2017; 9(12):973.

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Gu, Shenglong, Liqun Ren, Xing Wang, Hongwei Xie, Yuefei Huang, Jiahua Wei, and Songdong Shao. 2017. "SPHysics Simulation of Experimental Spillway Hydraulics" Water 9, no. 12: 973.

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