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D-Flow Flexible Mesh

D-Flow Flexible Mesh (D-Flow FM) is the new software engine for hydrodynamical simulations on unstructured grids in 1D-2D-3D. Together with the familiar curvilinear meshes from Delft3D 4, the unstructured grid can consist of triangles, pentagons (etc.) and 1D channel networks, all in one single mesh. It combines proven technology from the hydrodynamic engines of Delft3D 4 and SOBEK 2 and adds flexible administration, resulting in:

  • Easier 1D-2D-3D model coupling, intuitive setup of boundary conditions and meteorological forcings (amongst others).
  • More flexible 2D gridding in delta regions, river junctions, harbours, intertidal flats and more.
  • High performance by smart use of multicore architectures, and grid computing clusters.
An overview of the current developments can be found here.
The D-Flow FM - team would be delighted if you would participate in discussions on the generation of meshes, the specification of boundary conditions, the running of computations, and all kinds of other relevant topics. Feel free to share your smart questions and/or brilliant solutions! 


We have launched a new website (still under construction so expect continuous improvements) and a new forum dedicated to Delft3D Flexible Mesh.

Please follow this link to the new forum: 

Post your questions, issues, suggestions, difficulties related to our Delft3D Flexible Mesh Suite on the new forum.





Sub groups
D-Flow Flexible Mesh
Cohesive sediments & muddy systems


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configure: error: Compiler can't find <expat.h>

Selwyn Bergman, modified 6 Years ago.

configure: error: Compiler can't find <expat.h>

Youngling Posts: 8 Join Date: 5/20/13 Recent Posts

I am trying to use the to compile the source on 64bit Ubuntu 14.04 using gfortran compiler. In the following step, './configure', I get this message:

checking for main in -lstdc++... yes
checking for struct shm_info... no
checking expat.h usability... no
checking expat.h presence... no
checking for expat.h... no
configure: error: Compiler can't find <expat.h>

I've already installed a package 'expat' and 'lib64expat1' thinking this would solve the issue and reran the autogen shell script, but wasnt successful.

Can someone offer some help?

- Thanks.
Adri Mourits, modified 6 Years ago.

RE: configure: error: Compiler can't find <expat.h>

Yoda Posts: 1221 Join Date: 1/3/11 Recent Posts
Hi Selwyn,

You also need expat-devel, see the prerequisites.


Mihael Souza, modified 6 Years ago.

RE: configure: error: Compiler can't find <expat.h>

Padawan Posts: 65 Join Date: 10/11/12 Recent Posts
Hi Selwyn,

Just a follow-up to Adri's answer, the expat-devel library you need to download is: libexpat1-dev
Maybe you donwloaded the wrong expat?


Mihael Souza