ECoMMFiT - Environmental Applications

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is a widely used technique in environmental problems. Our expertise in numerical methods and in computational techniques has helped us to formulate and solve some interesting environmental problems where the fluid flow is the main actor. Usually these problems are related with dispersion of contaminants either in water (rivers, sea...) or in the atmosphere. As examples, we can name the studies of the dispersion of chemicals released from concentrated sources (i.e. smokestack) in the atmospheric boundary layer or the prediction of the evolution of accidental oil spills.

Special attention has been taken in the analysis of water pollution. ECoMMFiT has worked in the studies related to the accident of the Prestige tanker (Spain, 2002) analyzing the temperature evolution of the fuel in the sunken tanks. ECoMMFiT has also developed a computer code (SIMOIL) to simulate the time-space evolution of oil spills in marine environment of arbitrary and complex geometry. It is applicable to gravity-viscosity regimes, i.e. up to 1 week for large spills, and takes into account dispersion caused by wind, tides and currents, spreading and evaporation, as well as accumulation and dispersion along the shorelines.

Some of the environmental projects in which ECoMMFiT has applied its knowledge are:


  • Francesc Xavier Grau
  • Jordi Pallarès
  • Anton Vernet
  • Ildefonso Cuesta
  • Àlex Fabregat

Related publications

  • Pallarès, J.; Grau, F.X. , 2012, Particle dispersion in a turbulent natural convection channel flow, Journal of Aerosol Science Vol. 43 pp.45-56 Abstract
  • Vernet A.; Pallarès J., 2012 Influence of the road traffic on the immissions of NO2 and PM10 in the Barcelona metropolitan area, 8th International Conference on Urban Climate, 10th Symposium on the Urban Environment, Dublin (IRELAND), 2012
  • Fabregat, A.; Pallares, J.; Cuesta, I.; Grau, F. X., 2009, Dispersion of a buoyant plume in a turbulent pressure-driven channel flow, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 52 pp.1827-1842 Abstract
  • Grau, F.X.; Cuesta, I.; Fabregat, A., 2004, Numerical simulation of the fuel-oil cooling in the sunken Prestige tanker, ICHMT Digital Library Online 2 Abstract

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