- Experience of using FEM for real-time flood early warning systems: Monitoring and modeling Boston levee instability
- Journal of Computational Science
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Informatics Institute (IVI)
Boston levee has a documented history of slope slippages under tidal fluctuations reaching 6-m range on spring tides. A finite element model of the Boston levee has been developed in the off-line mode; after that, it was integrated into the common information space of the UrbanFlood early warning system and connected to live sensor data stream registering tidal fluctuations of river level and corresponding response of pore pressures and media temperatures. Stability analysis was carried in a real-time mode.
Besides finite element method, limit equilibrium analysis of levee stability was used in parallel. Real-time assessment of stability was performed by interpolating between safety factors pre-computed for a number of different tidal phases. FEM results indicate instability and agree with real-life observations, while LEM predicted safe condition of the dike. The mismatching is caused by a simplified procedure of pore pressures calculation which is typically used in LEM. For clayey levees, this simplification can lead to over-estimation of slope stability.
The Boston levee case has become one of the pilot sites for validation of the UrbanFlood early warning system (EWS) for flood protection. This validation case has shown that the FEM module for levee stability analysis successfully operates in the real-time workflow of the EWS and correctly predicts levee instability.
- go to publisher's site
- Other links
- Corrigendum published in Volume 16, September 2016, pages 225-226.
If you believe that digital publication of certain material infringes any of your rights or (privacy) interests, please let the Library know, stating your reasons. In case of a legitimate complaint, the Library will make the material inaccessible and/or remove it from the website. Please Ask the Library, or send a letter to: Library of the University of Amsterdam, Secretariat, Singel 425, 1012 WP Amsterdam, The Netherlands. You will be contacted as soon as possible.