Process simulation for sewer systems by splitting – a case study

G. Steinebach, P. Rentrop, M. Paffrath, R. Rosen, S. Seidl

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Process simulation tools for sewer systems are built-up by modules for the simulation of flow, transport and chemical or biological reactions. Moreover, the coupling of the models for a single channel to a network is important. In this paper a splitting approach is presented for the suitable numerical treatment of the governing equations. The flow simulation is based on the one-dimensional Saint-Venant equations. These are combined with advection-diffusion-reaction equations for the transport of substances and their chemical or biological reactions. The Saint-Venant equations are splitted into quasi-linear and non-linear components which are semi-discretised in space separately. This approach is adapted to the equations for channels or rivers with strongly varying bottom elevation or cross sections and partial dry channels. The advection-diffusion-reaction equations are treated by an appropriate discretisation of the different parts. WENO-schemes are proposed for the space-discretisation of the advection terms. Numerical results of a case-study with eight chemical reactions are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-192
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Engineering Systems Modelling and Simulation
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2009


  • Saint-Venant equations
  • WENO-schemes
  • advection-diffusion reaction equations
  • differential-algebraic equations
  • method of lines
  • process simulation
  • sewer systems
  • splitting approach


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