Navigability and safety of waterways and Belgian coast

HPC-Competence Center

The Flemish Supercomputer Center (VSC) is a partnership between the five Flemish universities and their university associations. The VSC encourages the use of scientific and technical computing in the Flemish academic and industrial landscape. To this end it offers infrastructure, training and services. In addition, VSC acts as a lever to promote the importance of scientific and technical computing and its added value to society.

The Enterprise

Flanders Hydraulics Research is a center of expertise of the Department of Mobility and Public Works of the Flemish Government, focusing on waterways, coastal and water-related structures built by humans. It advises the Flemish Government regarding the navigability and safety of waterways and Belgian coast, but also supports private institutions and international organizations that request its expertise.

How HPC makes the difference

Flanders Hydraulics Research examines the impact of human activity on water systems and the consequences for sludge movement, nature and shipping. It relies on physical model installations, in situ measuring instruments as well as numerical models. The numerical models describe in 1D, 2D or 3D the tidal and wave-driven currents, sediment transports and soil changes based on the shallow water equations (simplified Navier- Stokes equations for free-surface flows). 3D CFD models are also used for complex flows in and around structures built by humans, and for ship’s hulls and rudders. In addition to in-house computing capacity, VSC infrastructure is used to do calculations on larger models.