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Geoscientific Model Development An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Geosci. Model Dev., 10, 3963-3978, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-10-3963-2017
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Model evaluation paper
03 Nov 2017
DebrisInterMixing-2.3: a finite volume solver for three-dimensional debris-flow simulations with two calibration parameters – Part 2: Model validation with experiments
Albrecht von Boetticher1,3, Jens M. Turowski2, Brian W. McArdell3, Dieter Rickenmann3, Marcel Hürlimann4, Christian Scheidl5, and James W. Kirchner1,3 1Department of Environmental Systems Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich ETHZ, CHN H41, 8092 Zürich, Switzerland
2Helmholtz-Centre Potsdam GFZ, German Research Center for Geosciences, Telegrafenberg, 14473 Potsdam, Germany
3Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Zürcherstrasse 111, 8903 Birmensdorf, Switzerland
4Department of Geotechnical Engineering and Geosciences, Technical University of Catalonia UPC, Jordi Girona, 1-3 (D2), 08034 Barcelona, Spain
5Institute of Mountain Risk Engineering, BOKU, Peter-Jordan-Straße 82, 1190 Vienna, Austria
Abstract. Here, we present validation tests of the fluid dynamic solver presented in von Boetticher et al. (2016), simulating both laboratory-scale and large-scale debris-flow experiments. The new solver combines a Coulomb viscoplastic rheological model with a Herschel–Bulkley model based on material properties and rheological characteristics of the analyzed debris flow. For the selected experiments in this study, all necessary material properties were known – the content of sand, clay (including its mineral composition) and gravel as well as the water content and the angle of repose of the gravel. Given these properties, two model parameters are sufficient for calibration, and a range of experiments with different material compositions can be reproduced by the model without recalibration. One calibration parameter, the Herschel–Bulkley exponent, was kept constant for all simulations. The model validation focuses on different case studies illustrating the sensitivity of debris flows to water and clay content, channel curvature, channel roughness and the angle of repose. We characterize the accuracy of the model using experimental observations of flow head positions, front velocities, run-out patterns and basal pressures.

Citation: von Boetticher, A., Turowski, J. M., McArdell, B. W., Rickenmann, D., Hürlimann, M., Scheidl, C., and Kirchner, J. W.: DebrisInterMixing-2.3: a finite volume solver for three-dimensional debris-flow simulations with two calibration parameters – Part 2: Model validation with experiments, Geosci. Model Dev., 10, 3963-3978, https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-10-3963-2017, 2017.
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The open-source fluid dynamic solver presented in v. Boetticher et al. (2016) combines a Coulomb viscosplastic rheological model with a Herschel–Bulkley model based on material properties for 3-D debris flow simulations. Here, we validate the solver and illustrate the model sensitivity to water content, channel curvature, content of fine material and channel bed roughness. We simulate both laboratory-scale and large-scale debris-flow experiments, using only one of the two calibration parameters.
The open-source fluid dynamic solver presented in v. Boetticher et al. (2016) combines a Coulomb...
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