SWAN – Wave Modelling

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For designing engineering structures such as breakwaters, storm surge barriers or levees, coastal engineers often need high-quality, detailed wave information as represented by the significant wave height, wave period and mean direction or the two-dimensional wave spectrum. For many situations, the phase-average wave model SWAN provides the required wave information. SWAN can be used as stand-alone application, but it is also included in DELFT3D as DELFT3D-WAVE. Both ways are offered in this course.

Apart from teaching the relevant wave physics, typical modelling pitfalls will be discussed. You are invited to bring in your own SWAN-applications and modelling issues to be discussed with our experts. You will learn that SWAN can not be used as a simple black box model and that the set up of a proper SWAN model requires skills and insight in wave modelling in general and the SWAN model in particular.

Day 1, Wednesday 28 October (9:00 – 17.00 h)
starts with a general lecture on waves, followed by an introduction to SWAN. Next, the use of DELFT3D-WAVE will be explained, with plenty exercises.

Program Day 1
•    General introduction of wave modelling, SWAN
•    Delft3D-WAVE GUI, exercises
•    Setting up a Delft3D-WAVE computation, exercises
•    Delft3D-FLOW and WAVE coupling, exercises

Day 2, Thursday 29 October (9:00 – 17.00 h)
is more advanced and requires some SWAN experience of the attendees. The focus will be on the physics and numerics of the model.

Program Day 2
•    Physics in SWAN, exercises
•    Numerics in SWAN, exercises
•    UNSWAN

The course is co-hosted by Marcel Zijlema. Marcel Zijlema is assistant Professor at Delft University of Technology in environmental fluid mechanics and coastal engineering. He has been strongly involved in the development of SWAN.

Download course brochure “Deltares Academy Brochure – SWAN – Numerical Wave Modelling

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