Wasserwirtschaft und Hydrosystemmodellierung

Dr.-Ing. Franz Simons

A robust high-resolution hydrodynamic numerical model for surface water flow and transport processes within a flexible software framework

The work mainly evolved between 2009-2014 at the Chair of Water Resources Management and Modeling of Hydrosystems, Institute of Civil Engineering, School VI Plannung Building Environment, Technische Universität Berlin.


  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reinhard Hinkelmann, Technische Universität Berlin
  • apl. Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Frank Molkenthin, BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg

Day of scientific discussion: 25. October 2019


  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Barjenbruch, Technische Universität Berlin (Head)
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reinhard Hinkelmann, Technische Universität Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Qiuhua Liang, Loughborough University



In water resources management computer simulations and numerical methods have become a more and more important tool for supporting decisions. They enable the understanding of complex relationships in the hydrological cycle and predictions about future development.

This thesis describes the development of a numerical modeling software which allows the integrated simulation of surface water flow and transport processes as well as their interactions. To make use of the improvements in the methods to survey high-resolution topography information and to capture small-scale processes, numerical methods were developed which allow a robust and highly detailed simulation of surface water flow and transport processes in urban and natural environments. A robust numerical scheme for the solution of the shallow water equations based on the finite volume method was implemented, which can handle complex flow conditions, e. g. small water depths, wetting/drying and varying flow conditions including sub- and supercritical flows, hydraulic jumps and sharp water level gradients. In addition, the shallow water equations were augmented by the transport of contaminants and sediments and an infiltration model based on the Green-Ampt equation. A numerical framework was developed which provides the fundamental infrastructure for explicit high-order finite volume schemes, robust numerical methods and a flexible codebase which allows simple extension by new processes and numerical schemes. By means of several verification tests and case studies involving channel flow, rainfall-runoff, tracer transport, infiltration and sediment transport, the suitability of the software framework and the developed numerical schemes was demonstrated.