Flood risk management research consortium 2 - FRMRC2 (2008-2011)

Funding bodies: Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) under Grant EP/FO20511/1,  EA/Defra (Joint Defra/EA Flood and Coastal Erosion Management R&D Programme), the Northern Ireland Rivers Agency (DARDNI) and Office of Public Works (OPW), Dublin.

This interdisciplinary research Consortium focuses on some of the more recently identified strategic research investigating the prediction and management of flood risk and is the primary UK academic response to this challenge. It is the 2nd phase of the Flood Risk Management Research Consortium (FRMRC), the 1st phase of which was originally launched in February 2004. The concept lying behind this innovative joint funding arrangement is that it allows the Consortium to combine the strengths of fundamental and near-market researchers and research philosophies in a truly multi-disciplinary programme. It has been formulated to address key issues in flood science and engineering and the portfolio of research includes the short-term delivery of tools and techniques to support more accurate flood forecasting and warning, improvements to flood management infrastructure and reduction of flood risk to people, property and the environment. A particular feature of the 2nd phase is the concerted effort to focus on coastal and urban flooding.

The Centre for Water Systems at University of Exeter is involving in the Super Work Package 3 (SWP 3) Urban Flood Modelling, i.e., Work Package (WP) 3.6 On-Line Sewer Flow and Quality Utilising Predictive Modelling and Work Package 3.7 Improved Understanding of the Performance of Local Controls Linking the above and below Ground Components of Urban Flood Flows.

In WP 3.6, the RAdar Pluvial flooding Identification for Drainage System (RAPIDS) is developed to predict sewer flooding using weather radar information and Artificial Neural Networks.

In WP 3.7, a 3D CFD model is established using OpenFoam software to investigate the flow behaviors via gullies, inlets and manholes. The model is verified and calibrated against the measurements of 1:1 scale laboratory experiment.