SMS:BOUSS-2D Model Control

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The Model Control… command in the BOUSS-2D Menu opens the Model Control Dialog. This dialog is divided into sections for different types of parameters which are used by the model as it runs. These include:

  1. Input Data Sets. These inputs specify spatially varied input parameters for the model. In addition to the bathymetry, BOUSS-2D can utilize spatially varied damping, porosity and currents. In this section, the user defines whether these inputs are used (“None” is selected if not), and if so, how they are defined. The Damping and Porosity values can be specified using boundary conditions on cell strings or selected from the scalar functions. The Current is selected from the available vector functions.
  2. Time Control. The interface displays the recommended values for Duration and Time step in parentheses. The Courant number (Nwogu and Demirbilek 2001, page 15, 35) is computed based on the cell size and the specified time step. A value 0.3 to 0.5 is recommended.
  3. Laminar and Turbulent Viscous Flow Coefficients for Porosity. The Turbulent value ranges from 0.0 to 3.6 with a default value of 2.4. The Laminar value ranges from 0 to 1500 with a default value of 800. Stone size represents the characteristic stone size (d50) in meters of the breakwater armor layer and must be greater than zero.
  4. Grid Information. This section displays the attributes of the active grid and cannot be edited from within the Model Control dialog.
  5. Parameters. The Tidal Offset value is the elevation of the water level relative to the still water level. Check the Enable Wave Runup box to enable wave runup calculations. A minimum flooding depth must be specified for runup calculations with a default value of one-hundredth of the wave height. The Chezy coefficient ranges from 0.0 to 1000.0 (default = 50) and the Smagorinsky coefficient must be greater between 0.0 and 2.0 (default=0.2). The choice for Nonlinear Option is either Strong or Weak. Check the Enable Wave Breaking box to enable simulation of wave breaking and enter a value for the Turbulent Length Scale with a default value equal to the wave height.
  6. Spatial Output Options. In this section of the dialog, the user defines what output files BOUSS-2D should create. The Override default file prefix box allows the user to specify a file name for these solution files. The default file prefix is the filename of the .par file.
    • By checking Output WSE and/or Output Velocity the user tells the model to output time varying data sets. By default, the model will save data at each time step. This would result in huge files, so normally the user will select the Override Default toggle. This enables the Begin Output, End Output, and Step controls. The Begin & End Output values must be greater than 0.0 and less than the run duration. Also, the begin time must be less than the end time. The Step control determines how often the model will save time-varying output. SMS computes the number of frames and an approximate amount of memory required for the resulting data sets. If snap shots throughout the simulation are desired, that time range can be the entire simulation with a large interval to prevent the number of time steps from becoming excessive. These time steps are then not close enough together to create a coherent animation. Another option is to view only a couple of wave cycles, and make the time interval 5-10% of the wave period to get enough frames to generate a smooth animation of the waves in that time range. As mentioned, the time varied quantities include:
      • Water Surface Elevation and breaking
      • Velocity.
    • BOUSS-2D can output spatial data (1 value for each cell in the grid). These quantities are read by the SMS as stored as data sets on the grid. The options include up to four steady state quantities and up to two transient (time varying) quantities. The steady state options include:
      • Significant Wave Height
      • Mean Currents
      • Average Wave Direction (Theta)
      •  ?

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