At one time or another anyone
interested in hydraulics has wished for a way to investigate
complicated free-surface flows without spending time at the end
of a mop. Experiments in a laboratory flume can be tough to set
up, costly to carry out, and difficult to replicate. Use of
FLOW-3D® as a "numerical" flume, on the other
hand, suffers from none of these character flaws.
Experiments in our numerical flume
can be set up in minutes and solutions to most free-surface
flow problems can be had in a matter of hours. The numerical
solutions are, moreover, found to be accurate when compared to
theoretical and experimental work. Even for discontinuous and
rapidly varied flows this fact holds true (e.g., the flow over
a weir or the development of a hydraulic jump, below).