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DELWAQ is the engine of the D-Water Quality and D-Ecology programmes of the Delft3D suite. It is based on a rich library from which relevant substances and processes can be selected to quickly put water and sediment quality models together.

The processes library covers many aspects of water quality and ecology, from basic tracers, dissolved oxygen, nutrients, organic matter, inorganic suspended matter, heavy metals, bacteria and organic micro-pollutants, to complex algae and macrophyte dynamics. High performance solvers enable the simulation of long periods, often required to capture the full cycles of the processes being modelled.

The finite volume approach underlying DELWAQ allows it to be coupled to both the structured grid hydrodynamics of the current Delft3D-FLOW engine and the upcoming D-Flow Flexible Mesh engine (1D-2D-3D) of the Delft3D Flexible Mesh Suite (or even other models such as TELEMAC).

'DELWAQ in open source' is our invitation to all leading experts to collaborate in further development and research in the field of water quality, ecology and morphology using Delft3D. Feel free to post your DELWAQ related questions or comments in this dedicated forum space. If you are new to DELWAQ, the tutorial (in the user manual) is a good place to start. A list of DELWAQ related publications is available here.




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Help with Tidal Forces in Delft3D-Flow

Rohit Kulkarni, modified 6 Years ago.

Help with Tidal Forces in Delft3D-Flow

Youngling Posts: 8 Join Date: 8/16/12 Recent Posts

I had never activated the "Tidal Forces" before, and had to look into it for a project recently.

I couldn't get a clear view from the FLOW manual regarding this.

Chapter 9 of FLOW manual states:
Numerical models of tidal motion in coastal seas generally do not account for the direct local influence of the tide generating forces. The amount of water mass in these models is relatively small and the effect of these forces on the flow can be neglected. For coastal areas, the prescription of tidal forcing along open boundaries is sufficient in generating the appropriate and accurate tidal motion.
The need to model larger seashore areas with sections of the deep ocean or large closed basins has increased. In the numerical models of these areas the contribution of the gravitational forces on the water motion increases considerably and can no longer be neglected...

To check this I ran two simulations, with and without this process being activated. There was a negligible difference between the results. The model area is big enough (300 km X 250 km) to have significant tidal forces being active in the area. It also has a large variation between offshore and shallow area, with a large shallow basin.
Can someone please explain the exact difference between activating these forces and applying the astronomical tide at the boundaries only?