FLOW-3D Workshop

Learn Hydraulic Simulation Fundamentals through Practical Examples

(LNEC Library)

About the Workshop

Curious about FLOW-3D? Want to learn about how we go about modelling the most challenging free surface hydraulic applications?

This Workshop has been designed to deliver focused, hands-on, yet wide-ranging instruction that will leave you with a thorough understanding of how FLOW-3D is used in key water infrastructure industries. Through hands-on examples, you will explore the hydraulics of typical dam and weir cases, municipal conveyance and wastewater problems, and river and environmental applications. Later, you will be introduced to more sophisticated physics models, including air entrainment, sediment and scour, thermal plumes and density flows and particle dynamics. By the end of the day, you will have set up six models, absorbed the user interface and steps that are common to three classes of hydraulic problems, and used the advanced post-processing tool FlowSight to analyse the results of your simulations. This one-day class is comprehensive yet accessible for engineers new to CFD methods.

Workshop attendees will receive a 30-day license of FLOW-3D.

Who should attend?

  • Practising engineers working in the water resources, environmental, energy and civil engineering industries
  • Regulators and decision makers looking to better understand what state-of-the-art tools are available to the modelling community
  • University students interested in using CFD in their research
  • All modellers working in the field of environmental hydraulics

What will you learn?

How to import geometry and set up free surface hydraulic models, including meshing and initial and boundary conditions.

How to add complexity by including sediment transport and scour, particles, scalars and turbulence.

How to use sophisticated visualisation tools such as FlowSight to effectively analyse and convey simulation results.

Advanced topics, including air entrainment and bulking phenomena, shallow water and hybrid 3D/shallow water modelling, and chemistry.


Raul Martín (Simulaciones y Proyectos, Spain) - He has over 10 years of combined experience working within private, public and academic sectors in water and environmental engineering applications. His experience includes using 1D, 2D and 3D hydraulic models for projects including fish passage, river restoration, bridge scour analysis, sediment transport modelling and analysis of hydraulic structures.

Final Programme

09:00 - Fundamentals o FLOW3D // Example 1. Flow over a weir

11:00 - Coffee break

11:30 - Example 2. Derivation channel

13:00 - Lunch

14:00 - Postprocessing with FLOW3D // Example 3. Optimization

16:00 - Coffee break

16:30 - Example 4. Sediment and scour // Example 5. Air Entrainment