Computational Fluid Dynamics

CFD modelling is an exciting
and powerful method of
solving problems that other fluid modelling tools or approaches cannot.

It is appropriate to simplify the equations for most river modelling to 1D (e.g. downstream flow direction only, suitable for in-channel flow) or 2D (e.g. lateral flow over floodplains).

However, where there are complex variations or flow patterns in the vertical direction, full 3D versions of the equations solved by CFD models give a much better representation of the hydraulics, and resulting forces on boundaries or mixing processes.

We specialise in modelling fluid flows over, through and around the natural and built environment.

Visual outputs

Visualisations are produced with parameters shown via a colour scale, these can be exported and are readily understood by both experts and the general public.

Images can be given for steady state or ‘snapshots’ in time, but for simulations that change with time the most useful and powerful output is an animation showing how the hydraulic conditions change with time and or likely flow/discharge scenarios.

Applying CFD modelling

We can apply CFD modelling to the following areas:

  • Bridges
  • Coastal and maritime
  • Dams and reservoirs
  • Environmental
  • Complex structures.

Project case studies

Click the interactive project case studies below to find out more about each area and to see some video examples.

We can help you

If you would like to discuss how we can work
together please contact Andrew Collier.

Email Andrew Collier
+44 (0) 1756 693 075