Applications of Discrete-Element Computational Models to Transient, Multi-Dimensional Problems in Hydrology

by Arsev H. Eraslan, Clarkson Univ, Dep of Mechanical, & Industrial Engineering, Potsdam, NY, USA,
Wen L. Lin, Clarkson Univ, Dep of Mechanical, & Industrial Engineering, Potsdam, NY, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulics and Hydrology in the Small Computer Age

Abstract: The direct computer simulation technique, discrete-element method (DEM) was applied in the development of transient, multi-dimensional mathematical models for simulating hydrologic conditions in meso-scale geophysical regions. The computational models were successfully applied to the simulations of surface-water flows in reservoirs, rivers, estuaries and coastal regions, with complex shoreline geometry and bathymetry, rainfall-runoff flows in valleys, with geometrically complex surface topography for the steep terrain, and groundwater flows through aquifer systems, with complex hydrogeologic stratigraphy.

Subject Headings: Computer models | Hydrologic models | Discrete element method | Mathematical models | Flow simulation | Groundwater flow | Rainfall-runoff relationships | Computing in civil engineering

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