Fast and robust solution methods for the water quality equations
Adilson Morais
Supervisor: Kees Vuik

Site of the project:
Rotterdamseweg 18
2629 HD Delft

start of the project: March 2011

In June 2012 the Interim Thesis and a presentation has been given.

The Master project has been finished in March 2012 by the completion of the Masters Thesis and a final presentation has been given.

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Summary of the master project:
Deltares is the specialist in the field of water quality. The institute is consulted by public authorities, engineering agencies or other companies for doing water quality research. Deltares models the water quality by means of partial differential equations. These so-called water quality equations are advection-diffusion-reaction equations for the concentration of the substances in water. Two problems are considered.

In the first problem we consider methods which can be used to solve the described partial differential equations. At this moment small timesteps are needed in order to solve the problems in a stable way. For explicit method one has to satisfy the CFL inequality. This means that for small spacesteps one has to use small timesteps, which the simulation very time consuming. For this reason we are looking to find implicit methods such that large timesteps are allowed where the accuracy is maintained.

Marsh before the coast of Lelystad

Another problem is the computation of the stationary solution of the water quality model. In the sea there are many substances which are circulated over a period of years. We assume that these substances are in steady state. The current solution strategy is to use a time-stepping strategy. This implies that many time steps are used before the solution is in steady state. For this reason we are looking for a faster method to compute the steady state solution.

Water quality in the North Sea

Contact information: Kees Vuik

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