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Hydrodynamics Simulation of Coastal Water Bodies Using Finite Element Method

T.I. Eldho, Suman Khamrai


The coastal water bodies such as creeks and estuaries are continuously subjected to the natural and man induced perturbations. Hydrodynamics is the unique feature of these water bodies and required to be predicted for various design purposes. Numerical modeling is often preferred in such cases over the analytical solutions and physical models because of its greater flexibility. In the present paper, a two-dimensional depth averaged fully implicit finite element model has been used to study the hydrodynamics of Dahanu Creek and Cochin estuary located at the western coast of India. The model has been found to predict the hydrodynamics satisfactorily.


Finite element method, hydrodynamics, shallow water, creek, estuary, numerical modeling

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