River hydraulics

In a bid to help improve management of river systems, the River Hydraulics team examines the physical functioning of watercourses. The focus is on modelling flows and transported matter, both pollutants and sediments.

In a bid to help improve management of river systems, the River Hydraulics team examines the physical functioning of watercourses. The focus is on modelling flows and transported matter, both pollutants and sediments.

In the case of natural watercourses, this entails describing the morphology of the different bed loads and how they change depending on flow rate and human actions.

The team conducts research on the following:

  • Risks relating to natural floods and breaks of hydraulic structures
  • Pollutant transfers
  • River use management

Research is split into two thematic groups:

Example of a flood map

The Arc mountain river in the Maurienne Valley

Research programmes

  • National study on identifying research needs in relation to flood-risk management
  • The morphodynamics of the solid transport by bed load at various scales and water flows in cities
  • The RIVES project: Flood-Risk in Cities and Scenario Assessment
  • Hydrology and Hydraulics for Cities
  • Axelera-PCB Action PCBSFR (national programme on pollution abatement techniques)
  • Arc-Isère Workshop Site
  • ECOUFLU 
  • Driving and building on the work of the European Flood Research programme (CRUE ERANET)
  • PESSOA: Shallow shear flows: influence of mass transfers on turbulent exchanges
  • The influence of the spatial and temporal structure of a local rainfall event on urban flooding
  • Experimental study and digital modelling of sediment transport
  • European FLOODSITE project: integrated flood risk and management methodologies
  • Characterisation of overbank flows during flooding along a river
  • Flows and sediment transport and their influence on the morphodynamics of rivers

Technical tools and equipment

  • On-site measurements: hydrometric and sediment tracking, topographical surveys, low altitude photography, speeds
  • Experimental holes
  • Mapping flows and flooded areas
  • Software engineering workshop
  • 1D and 2D river hydraulics software

Logiciels

Make-up of the team

Leader

Scientists

Doctoral students

Staff on fixed-term contracts

Jean-Baptise Faure Benoît Camenen    
Jérôme Le Coz     
Jean-Baptiste Faure     
Lionel Pénard     
Sébastien Proust    

Marina Launay
Claire Beraud
Mohamed Jaballah
Stephanie Moore 

 

Audrey Latapie
Emilie Andries
Laurent Bonnifait
Jacques Lanza  

Research unit : HHLY (Hydrology and Hydraulics)