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Université catholique de Louvain (UCL): Partner 35


Université catholique de LouvainThe Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) was founded in 1425. With a community of 19900 students (3600 of them come from foreign countries), this is the most populated French-speaking University in Belgium. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering belongs to the Faculty of Applied Sciences (Engineering) which is one of the ten Faculties of the University. Basic research carried out by the Hydraulics group is centred on floods and flood control. Inside this field, hydraulic problems related to urban development and river engineering are treated in both their hydraulics and sedimentology aspects. In fluvial hydraulics, several domains related to flood control are studied: flood forecasting, stochastic simulation, physical and mathematical modelling of fast hydraulic transients (flash floods, dam break), compound channel flow, etc. Various PhD theses were completed on those topics, others are currently in progress. A large expertise was developed in 1D and 2D numerical modelling, covering hydrodynamics, sediment transport and morphological evolution. The hydraulic laboratory is well equipped for hydraulic and geomorphological experiments: three devices are devoted to fluvial hydraulics (a canal 32 m long and 3.2 m wide, a tilting canal with compound sections 10 m long and 1.2 m wide, and a tilting flume 7.5 m long and 0.5 m wide for sedimentological studies). For experimental measurement, digital imaging techniques were developed. The hydraulics Unit is also involved in several projects, dealing with fluvial hydrodynamics and sediment transport : (1) Meuse watershed : participation to the preparation of an integrated Meuse Basin model for flood forecasting; (2) Meuse River : flood propagation on the Upper Meuse, and between Ampsin-Neuville and Yvoz-Ramet; (3) Sambre River : flow study in two reaches during flood events; (4) Ichilo-Mamore River (Amazon tributary, Bolivia) : morphological evolution study of Ichilo River near the harbour project of Mamorecillo and of Mamore River at Trinidad and Guyaramerin.

For further information visit the Université catholique de Louvain website on: www.ucl.ac.be

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