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  • 1.  Consultation about my Master Thesis

    Posted 05-10-2018 09:59 AM
    Edited by Tirza Austin 05-10-2018 09:59 AM
    Dear all,
    I am about to graduate next year and I am interested in coastal erosion. More specially in coastal protection structures (rubble mound breakwaters, dykes...). I want to do a numerical simulation to check the failure mechanism of these structures and the sedimentation around these structures. It will be helpful for me if I can get advice from experts in that field. The tool I have to do the simulation is COMSOL Multiphysics. Does anyone ever used it for this kind of simulation? 
    I'm looking forward to hear from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Guy Martial Ngor Diagne S.M.ASCE

  • 2.  RE: Consultation about my Master Thesis

    Posted 05-11-2018 10:02 AM

    I would suggest contacting the USACE ERDC at ERDCinfo@....
    Best wishes,

    Mark Wilsnack P.E., D.WRE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE
    South Florida Water Management District
    West Palm Beach FL

  • 3.  RE: Consultation about my Master Thesis
    Best Answer

    Posted 05-13-2018 08:12 AM

    I have not used COMSOL, but it seems to me the software may not be as robust as you require in the areas of applications (failure mechanisms of coastal protection structures, and sedimentation) you are looking for. In any case, perhaps the two topics are too elaborate and complicated to be successfully finished within a short period of time you have – even if you are quite proficient in COMSOL. But all depends on personal resolve and wish you good luck!

    Dr. Dilip Barua, Ph.D, P.Eng, M. ASCE
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Website: https://widecanvas.weebly.com

  • 4.  RE: Consultation about my Master Thesis

    Posted 05-14-2018 03:42 PM
    Edited by Tirza Austin 05-14-2018 03:42 PM
    I have used COMSOL on a few applications over the years. It will do anything, but not necessary do it easily.  It requires a lot of time on any complicated simulation, such as yours. I would not recommend attempting using it unless you have good technical support from someone with experience with the code.

    Glenn Brown P.E., D.WRE, F.EWRI, M.ASCE
    Granby CO