SPH Modeling of Surge Overflow over RCC Strengthened Levee

  • Li, Lin ;
  • Amini, Farshad ;
  • Rao, Xin ;
  • Tang, Hongwu
  • Received : 2012.10.04
  • Accepted : 2012.11.29
  • Published : 2012.11.30


Surge overflow may cause damage on earthen levees. Levee strengthened on the levee crest and landward-side slope can provide protection against the erosion damage induced by surge overflow. In this paper, surge overflow of a roller compacted concrete RCC strengthened levee was studied in a purely Lagrangian and meshless approach, the smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) method. After verifying the developed model with analytical solution and comparing the results with full-scale experimental data, the roughness and erosion parameters were calibrated. The water thickness, flow velocity, and erosion depth at crest, landward-side slope and toe were calculated. The characteristics of flow hydraulics and erosion on the RCC strengthened levee are given. The results indicate that the RCC strengthened levee can resist erosion damage for a long period.


SPH method;Surge Overflow;Roller compacted concrete;Levee;Erosion


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