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Physical Modelling

The large amount of available floor space combined with the existing facilities at the HRTF allow a wide range of physical models to be tested in the lab. For a relatively low cost, scaled physical models can be constructed to allow one to better understand fluid flow problems of complex geometry and flow conditions. Physical model data can be used to calibrate and verify numerical models.

Numerical Modeling:
A calibrated numerical model can be a powerful tool used to understand the effects of various geometric and flow inputs to fluid flow problems. Ranging from relatively simple one dimensional modeling using programs such as HEC-RAS, two dimensional models such as SMS/RMA2 to a fully three dimensional model like FLOW3D.

Field Studies:
Sometimes the only way to fully understand a complex natural system is to head out into the field to take measurements. Monitoring programs can be established to acquire data that can later be used to calibrate numerical models.

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