HydroSedFoam: A new parallelized two-dimensional hydrodynamic, sediment transport, and bed morphology model

Zhenduo Zhu, Jessica Zinger LeRoy, Bruce L. Rhoads, Marcelo H. García

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Depth-averaged two-dimensional (2D) models are useful tools for understanding river morphodynamics through the computation of hydrodynamics, sediment transport, and an evolving river bed morphology. This paper presents a new parallelized 2D hydrodynamic, sediment transport, and bed morphology model, HydroSedFoam. The model uses the Message Passing Interface for code parallelization and adopts a depth-averaged k−ε turbulence model. Three different case studies, including a laboratory experiment, an analytical solution, and a field-scale river reach, show good agreement with HydroSedFoam simulations. Further development and modification of the model are relatively straightforward to accomplish within the OpenFOAM framework.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-39
Number of pages8
JournalComputers and Geosciences
StatePublished - Nov 2018



  • Bed morphology
  • HydroSedFoam
  • Morphodynamics
  • Parallelization
  • Sediment transport
  • Turbulence model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computers in Earth Sciences

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