Improved Robustness of the NWS DAMBRK Algorithm

by David R. Basco, Old Dominion Univ, Norfolk, VA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


The combination dam breach and flood routing numerical model called DAMBRK has been developed by the National Weather Service (NWS) for forecasting river flooding events (Fread, 1984). Under some conditions the scheme goes unstable. No final solution is obtained without manual adjustment of input data and rerunning the simulation. This paper briefly summarizes the results of a recent project to develop an improved code that is more robust. Five nonconvergence problems areas are identified. All are redressed through applications criteria and code modifications tested using a hypothetical test case, a laboratory dam breach data set and the Teton Dam prototype-scale data.

Subject Headings: Dams | Laboratory tests | Algorithms | Standards and codes | Flood routing | Dam failures | Failure analysis | Hydrologic models

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