Numerical simulation of flood due to dam-break flow using an implicit method

Majid Galoie*, Gerald Zenz, Saeid Eslamian, Artemis Motamedi

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In this paper, the depth-averaged 2D shallow water equations in the non-conservative form are solved based on the 'Beam and Warming' implicit method by means of the finite difference method (FDM) having a second-order accurate on time and first-order accurate on space. Variations in each time step are calculated considering equations in both x and y directions. Due to solving an equation system in any row, a special algorithm, so-called block-tridiagonal system of equations algorithm, is utilised. To solve the aforementioned dam break equations, a computer programme based on the numerical equations has been developed. Finally, this programme has been validated against the analytical and numerical solutions of some problems obtained from the literature and comparison between this method and other solutions shows a good agreement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-137
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrology Science and Technology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Block-tridiagonal system of equations
  • Dam break flow
  • Seiche test
  • Shallow water equations
  • The beam and warming implicit method

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)


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