FLUMEN és un institut universitari de recerca de titularitat mixta entre la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya i el Centre Internacional de Mètodes Numèrics en Enginyeria. FLUMEN té com objecte desenvolupar activitats de recerca, assessorament, formació i transferència de tecnologia en els camps de la Dinàmica Fluvial i de l'Enginyeria Hidrològica. FLUMEN fou creat per la Generalitat de Catalunya mitjançant l'ordre ECO/305/2012 de 3 d'octubre (DOGC de 17 d'octubre de 2012).

The group's main goal is research and consultation in river dynamics and surface hydrology. For over fifteen years, the group has worked in R&D in these areas. At present, the consolidated working lines are as follows:
1) Urban hydrology. Large-scale rainwater drainage systems and flooding in urban environments.
2) The effect of reservoirs on natural river behaviour.
3) Impact of infrastructures on natural hydrological characteristics.
4) Floods and measures for minimising the risk of inundation.
5) River restoration.
6) Physical limnology of reservoirs.
7) Dam hydraulics.
8) Design and automation of channels.
A further objective is to organise a multidisciplinary team in river dynamics. Ten years ago, the group began to cooperate with members of the Department of Ecology at the University of Barcelona. The cooperation is based on lecturing, PhD supervision, scientific publications, research projects and consulting. UPC and the UB have recently signed a framework agreement that aims to strengthen t

The group's main goal is research and consultation in river dynamics and surface hydrology. For over fifteen years, the group has worked in R&D in these areas. At present, the consolidated working lines are as follows:
1) Urban hydrology. Large-scale rainwater drainage systems and flooding in urban environments.
2) The effect of reservoirs on natural river behaviour.
3) Impact of infrastructures on natural hydrological characteristics.
4) Floods and measures for minimising the risk of inundation.
5) River restoration.
6) Physical limnology of reservoirs.
7) Dam hydraulics.
8) Design and automation of channels.
A further objective is to organise a multidisciplinary team in river dynamics. Ten years ago, the group began to cooperate with members of the Department of Ecology at the University of Barcelona. The cooperation is based on lecturing, PhD supervision, scientific publications, research projects and consulting. UPC and the UB have recently signed a framework agreement that aims to strengthen t

Recent Submissions

  • Extension of 2D shallow water models to hydrological modelling 

    Cea, Luis; Bladé i Castellet, Ernest; García Feal, Orlando; Sanz Ramos, Marcos; Gómez Gesteira, Moncho; Farfán Durán, Juan Fernando (International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR), 2022)
    Conference report
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    In this paper we discuss some critical aspects that should be considered in order to extend and apply a numerical model based on the 2D shallow water equations(2D-SWE) to distributed hydrological modelling. We also detail ...
  • A machine learning-based surrogate model for the identification of risk zones due to off-stream reservoir failure 

    Silva Cancino, Nathalia; Salazar González, Fernando; Sanz Ramos, Marcos; Bladé i Castellet, Ernest (International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR), 2022)
    Conference report
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    With the modification of the Regulations of the Hydraulic Public Domain of Spain in 2008, approximately 70.000 owners of off-stream reservoirs are obligated to present a classification assessment on the potential risk due ...
  • Modeling pressurized flow through hydraulic structures and bridges using a 2D-SWE-based model 

    Sanz Ramos, Marcos; López Núñez, Alejandro; Cea, Luis; Bladé i Castellet, Ernest (International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR), 2022)
    Conference report
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    Two-dimensional (2D) hydraulic models solve the Shallow Water Equations (SWE) for the simulation of free surface flows. The necessity of considering in the calculations specific hydraulic structures, such as bridges, gates, ...
  • Discrepancies on the spilled volume in the Aznalcóllar mine disaster 

    Sanz Ramos, Marcos; Bladé i Castellet, Ernest; Dolz Ripollès, Josep (International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR), 2022)
    Conference lecture
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    The failure of the pond that stored the tailing of the mining activity of Aznalcóllar (1998) supposed one of the most catastrophic mine disasters ever worldwide. More than 400 scientific publications, including two special ...
  • 'SUDS-lineales' para reducir el riesgo de inundación considerando escenarios de Cambio Climático 

    Olivares Cerpa, Gonzalo; Russo, Beniamino; Martínez Puentes, Montse; Bladé i Castellet, Ernest; Sanz Ramos, Marcos (2022-04)
    Article
    Open Access
    Los Sistemas Urbanos de Drenaje Sostenible (SUDS) suponen una alternativa válida para dar solución a diversos problemas del drenaje urbano. Su aplicación, generalmente de carácter puntual, es limitada y puede no ser efectiva ...
  • Revisiting the hydraulics of the Aznalcóllar mine disaster 

    Sanz Ramos, Marcos; Bladé i Castellet, Ernest; Dolz Ripollès, Josep; Sánchez Juny, Martí (2022-06)
    Article
    Open Access
    The Aznalcóllar tailings pond failure (1998) is regarded as one of the severe ecological mine disasters ever reported. The spill of the mine tailings affected more than 60 km of the Agrio and Guadiamar rivers and caused ...
  • Experimental characterization and two-dimensional hydraulic-hydrologic modelling of the infiltration process through permeable pavements 

    Sanz Ramos, Marcos; Olivares Cerpa, Gonzalo; Bladé i Castellet, Ernest (2022-03)
    Article
    Open Access
    Permeable pavements are a common solution for wearing course layers in roads and urban areas. They are composed by highly porous materials with permeability several orders of magnitude above of the natural terrain. This ...
  • Iber V3. 6. Módulo de transporte de sedimento de fondo para mezclas 

    Bladé i Castellet, Ernest (2021)
    Conference report
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    En este apartado se presenta el módulo de transporte de fondo para material no uniforme, es decir, cuando el sedimento transportado por un río no puede caracterizarse por un único diámetro. Es un hecho que un río que es ...
  • Iber V3. Módulo de drenaje urbano 

    Bladé i Castellet, Ernest (2021)
    Conference report
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    El flujo de agua en zona urbana presenta una complejidad considerable respecto el flujo en zona no urbano. En primer lugar, el agua puede circular por la superficie (sistema de drenaje mayor) y/o por la red de colectores, ...
  • Numerical and experimental approaches to estimate discharge coefficients and energy loss coefficients in pressurized grated inlets 

    Tellez Alvarez, Jackson David; Gómez Valentín, Manuel; Russo, Beniamino; Amezaga Kutija, Marko (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI), 2021-12)
    Article
    Open Access
    Numerical models concerning inlet systems are run to assess the hydraulic performance of existing or new systems and estimate the flow interchanges between the surface overland and sewer flows. In most programs, these ...
  • Application of the KINEROS 2 model to natural basin for estimation of erosion 

    Fortuño Ibáñez, Javier; Gómez Valentín, Manuel; Jang, Dongwoo (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, 2021-10)
    Article
    Open Access
    This study compares different methods to calculate erosion and sedimentation processes in the Aviar Basin, a natural peri-urban basin located in Comúd’Encamp (Andorra). The basin area is small, covering less than one square ...
  • Interpreting the manning roughness coefficient in overland flow simulations with coupled hydrological-hydraulic distributed models 

    Sanz Ramos, Marcos; Bladé i Castellet, Ernest; Gonzalez-Escalona, Fabian; Olivares Cerpa, Gonzalo; Aragón Hernández, José Luis (2021-12)
    Article
    Open Access
    There is still little experience on the effect of the Manning roughness coefficient in coupled hydrological-hydraulic distributed models based on the solution of the Shallow Water Equations (SWE), where the Manning coefficient ...

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