A moving boundary approach for one-dimensional free surface flows

Scott A. Yost, Prasada Rao

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Numerical analysis of open channel flows has largely confined to using fixed boundaries in the numerical codes. Given the size of the problem domain, using fixed boundaries often taxes the computational resources since the effect of the boundary is transferred on to its adjacent node in the first few iterations. In this work, we explore the performance of a moving boundary in conjunction with central differencing (classical Runge Kutta (RK)) and high resolute (Essentially Non-Oscillatory (ENO)) shock capturing schemes. The performance of this algorithm is tested with flows containing discontinuities. By correlating the velocity of the boundary to the location of the wave front, the results obtained indicate that no flow information is lost. Moving the boundary with time helps in constricting the size of flow domain and thus accelerating the solution to the desired transient state.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-382
Number of pages10
JournalAdvances in Water Resources
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 11 2000

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Copyright 2004 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. All rights reserved.


  • ENO
  • Explicit
  • Moving boundary
  • Open channels
  • Runge Kutta
  • Shocks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology


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