Computational and physical modelling of hydraulic structures, Leeds

22 October, 2015 | 10:30 - 15:00

A computer and physical model of hydraulic structures
A computer and physical model of hydraulic structures

About this event


10.30: Coffee and registration
11.00: Talk by engineers from Hydrotec followed by questions and discussion
12.45: Buffet lunch
14.00: Tour of hydraulics laboratory
15.00: Depart


Under the first four AMP (Asset Management Plan) periods, the business plans of water companies were dominated by the need to meet tough European Union legislation on water quality. This resulted in a focus on building new facilities such as treatment works, interceptor sewers and outfalls, that would contribute to cleaning up wastewater discharges.

Under AMP6 (2015-20) there will be a shift away from expenditure on large capital projects, "capex", towards measures that will enable water companies to get the most out their existing assets and minimise costs of operation, "opex". Such improvements will be critical to sustaining customer service levels, protecting customer bills and fully realising the benefits of the previous capital improvements. Identifying problems at the design stage or on the full size application can be difficult, whilst developing solutions at full scale can be expensive and time consuming with no guarantee of success.

The talk will explain how physical and computational fluid dynamic (CFD) models are used to evaluate existing or new assets in a cost effective manner. Modelling is used in identifying problems, developing remedial measures and optimising operating philosophies, such as in minimising the accumulation of debris in the wet wells of pumping stations and reducing the incidence of pump blockages.

Visit information

At Hydrotec's hydraulics laboratory you will see physical models being constructed and completed models in test operation.

Hydrotec's premises are about a mile away in the Moorfields Industrial Estate, Yeadon, LS19 7YA. Further directions will be given to those who book for the meeting.

Booking and lunch

Please contact by 19 October 2015 to confirm your attendance and if you will stay for lunch.

The cost for lunch is £8 per person, please pay in cash on the day.