Computational Fluid Dynamics

Anchor QEA performs multidimensional, computational fluid dynamics and hydrodynamic modeling to address clients’ most challenging problems. The team uses industry-leading FLOW-3D software to realistically and efficiently simulate free-surface flows, waves, currents, and other hydrodynamics in three dimensions in the natural and built environments.

Multidimensional computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling provides a detailed understanding of transient and complex flows, including spillway designs, fish passage, contaminant and sediment transport, river hydraulics, and wastewater system design. By explicitly solving multidimensional equations and eliminating simplifying assumptions, CFD models allow users to unlock insights not available through other modeling methods and provide optimized solutions for free surface, pressurized, subcritical, and supercritical flow conditions.

CFD Applications in Water and Environmental Engineering

Delivering cost-effective, sustainable solutions, our engineers and scientists provide a broad range of services to solve water resources engineering problems, including the following:

  • Design Optimization: CFD is a powerful tool for analyzing spillways, stilling basins, dams, weirs, and other structures and for revealing circulation characteristics, hydraulic performance, air entrainment, and more.
  • Fish Passage Evaluation: CFD can be used to assess spatial and temporal variations of flow velocity and energy imperative for a successful fish passage structure design.
  • Sediment Transport and Scour Modeling: CFD modeling with FLOW-3D can simulate near-field and far-field entrainment dynamics in riverine and coastal environments.
  • Thermal Plumes: CFD modeling can accurately model thermal or contaminant plumes in three dimensions featuring multiple fluids and densities, mixing, diffusions, and sedimentation.
  • Bank Stabilization and Infrastructure Evaluations: CFD can reveal complex, difficult to predict interactions between wave and coastal structures, including force magnitudes, wave runup, wave transmission, component stability, and damage analysis.
  • Shoreline Evolution and Wave Modeling: Anchor QEA combines shoreline and bluff evolution models with historical and field measurements to understand and predict changes in shoreline position.

Get in Touch

For inquiries about Anchor QEA’s technology and innovation capabilities, please contact:

Laura Rozumalski, PE
Principal Engineer |