Tsunami induced Flooding Simulation and associated Fluid-Structure Interaction using the ESI Group VPS suite of codes.

Argiris Kamoulakos, Paul Groenenboom

Monday 29 june 2015

14:50 - 15:05h at Asia (level 0)

Themes: (T) Special session, (ST) Flood defences and flood risk: hydraulic engineering aspects

Parallel session: 2E. Special session: Flood Risk and Flood defences

The 2011 T_hoku earthquake showed that even the most sophisticated defenses like the massive Kamaishi bay breakwater were insufficient to prevent catastrophic flooding of the coast line. This paper will deal with the Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI) simulation of a breaking tsunami induced flooding wave upon a coastal infrastructure. It will examine methodically the problem from simulating the tsunami induced wave slamming and flooding of a building, to the impact upon a typical Liquid Natural Gas container and finally the large scale simulation of the event on a coastal installation like a nuclear power plant. It will be shown that the basic technological capabilities needed for the realistic simulation of the tsunami induced flooding events are available in the Virtual Performance Solution (VPS) suite of codes from ESI Group and that assessment of coastal protection against flooding due to tsunamis has become feasible.