Nays2d+ is a quasi 3-dimensional open channel flow solver, which combines the results of a horizontal 2-dimensional shallow water flow model and a theoretical solution of velocity profiles of the main flow and secondary flow profiles in the vertical direction. The results of the flow solution of Nays2dh in iRIC are used for the basic 2-dimensional flow field, and the theory proposed by Engelund(1974) 1) is superimposed over the 2-dimensional solution. The followings are the main procedures of the calculation of Nays2d+.
(1) Calculate the depth-averaged flow field in a general coordinate system by Nays2dh.
(2) Calculate the streamline of the depth-averaged velocity.
(3) Calculate the radius of curvature of the streamline.
(4) Calculate the main flow and secondary flow profile using the streamline curvature, water depth and depth-averaged velocity
(5) Put these velocity profiles back to the general coordinate system
Show the results in the iRIC GUI windows
In general, fully non-hydrostatic 3-dimensional models are more accurate for detailed flow analyses, however, they are usually much more time-consuming than 2-dimensional models, and have some difficulty in calculating free water surface. On the other hand, the computational time of the Nays2d+ is much less because it is based on a hydrostatic 2-dimensional model, and three-dimensional components are superimposed using a theoretical solution of fully developed secondary flow in curved channels. Of cause, non-hydrostatic 3-dimensional models are required when the flow is very complicated and the magnitude of the vertical acceleration is much larger than the acceleration due to gravity. But in most of the cases, we deal with, hydrostatic assumptions are good enough especially in natural rivers. In Nays2d+, the computational time is much less than fully non-hydrostatic 3-dimensional models as Nays3dv and much more stable even when the depth becomes very shallow or zero. The secondary flow theory used in Nays2d+ is by Engelund(1974). The equations used in Nays2d+ to construct quasi 3-dimensional flow fields are summarized here. Nays2d+ can be operational in iRIC version 3.x or later.