A junction and drop-shaft boundary conditions (BCs) for one-dimensional modeling of transient flows in single-phase conditions (pure liquid) are formulated, implemented and their accuracy are evaluated using two Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) models. The BCs are formulated for the case when mixed flows are simulated using two sets of govern- ing equations, the Saint Venant equations for the free surface regions and the compressible water hammer equations for the pressurized regions. The proposed BCs handle all possible flow regimes and their combinations. The flow in each pipe can range from free surface to pressurized flow and the water depth at the junction or drop-shaft can take on all possible levels. The BCs are applied to the following three cases: a three-way merging flow, a three- way dividing flow and a drop-shaft connected to a single-horizontal pipe subjected to a rapid variation of the water surface level in the drop-shaft. The flow regime for the first two cases range from free surface to pressurized flows, while for the third case, the flow regime is pure pressurized flow. For the third case, laboratory results as well as CFD results were used for evaluating its accuracy. The results suggest that the junction and drop-shaft boundary conditions can be used for modeling transient free surface, pressurized, and mixed flow conditions with good accuracy.
This is an author-produced, peer-reviewed version of this article. The final, definitive version of this document can be found online at Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, published by American Society of Civil Engineers. Copyright restrictions may apply. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)HY.1943-7900.0000240
León, Arturo S.; Liu, Xiaofeng; Ghidaoui, Mohamed S.; Schmidt, Arthur R.; and García, Marcelo H.. (2010). "A Junction and Drop-Shaft Boundary Conditions for Modeling Free Surface, Pressurized, and Mixed Free Surface-Pressurized Transient Flows". Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 136(10), 705-715. http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)HY.1943-7900.0000240